June 2017 Cover

June 2017

Reaping the rewards
Store owners sing the praises of in-store repairs, and offer advice to others
The web works for you
Inexpensive and effective, online and social-media ads can be put together in a few simple steps
Chip cards revisited
Many U.S. retailers still haven’t upgraded their POS systems; we examine why stores are delaying, look at liability issues—and preview what’s coming next
Do more with your downtime
Keep your business sense sharp with these podcasts, books and white papers
Woodland
Woodland Scenics changes name
In an email, Woodland Scenics announced that its business name had changed to simply Woodland. This change is effective immediately. CEO, Dwayne Fulton said, "The purpose of this change is to have a ...
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Broadway Limited
Broadway Limited's 2017 Exclusive Run Program
Broadway Limited Imports announced its 2017 Exclusive Run Program which allows both distributors and dealers of BLI products to build new products with the Broadway Limited Imports brand that are avai...
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Hafids Grand Bazaar 3D Box Left Facing
Hafid’s Grand Bazaar available in September
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Gullivers Gate
Gulliver’s Gate opens
A new HO scale model railroad exhibit opened in April. Gulliver’s Gate, a football field-sized display in New York’s Times Square, features well-known scenes from around the world and fict...
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Classic Metal Works HO scale vehicles
Classic Metal Works, Round 2 enter licensing deal
Classic Metal Works/CMW Holdings Ltd., producer of the Mini Metals line of HO and N scale vehicles, has entered into a 5-year licensing agreement with Round 2 LLC. After that term CMW Holdings Ltd. ma...
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FAA
FAA maps to speed up Part 107 airspace authorization
As of April 27, the FAA has begun releasing a series of maps depicting areas and altitudes near airports where non-hobbyist UAS may fly safely. “By referring to the facility maps when completi...
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Consumer Dangers
New resource for consumer safety information
ConsumerDangers.com is a website designed to help raise awareness of products that could cause serious injury to consumers. ConsumerDangers.com is dedicated to keeping the public informed about consu...
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Livestream flights with Yuneec Breeze
Users of the Yuneec Breeze drone can now livestream their flights. Using this new feature on the Breeze Cam App, which acts as the drone’s controller, operators can broadcast in 720p HD to socia...
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‘Swipe fee’ can be passed on to charge customers
With every passing year, more and more consumers in the U.S. and Canada are choosing to pay for goods with credit cards rather than cash. While this makes transactions simple for customers, retailers ...
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Diamond Comic
Diamond Comic announces Heavy Metal deal
Effective now, Diamond Comic Distributors has exclusive worldwide sales and distribution rights to Heavy Metal Media, LLC. This deal covers sales and distribution for all heavy metal products includi...
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People & Places

  • Owners Chuck and Betty Pusateri retired and closed J&C Hobbies in Pittsburgh. They operated the store for 33 years.
  • Robert C. Schuh, who owned K-Val Hobbies in Buffalo, N.Y., passed away April 16 at 96. He had only just retired and closed the shop in December 2016.
  • Michael Martens joined IDW Publishing as director of trade sales. Martens is the former vice president of trade sales at Dark Horse Comics.
  • CMON Limited hired Adrian Smith as lead artist, Stefan Kopinski as senior artist and Eric Lang as director of game design.
  • Artist Bernie Wrightson passed away March 18 at 66. Wrightson is known for his work on DC’s Swamp Thing and as co-creator of Destiny, a character made famous by comic-book author Neil Gaiman in The Sandman.
Send staff and company news to editor Elizabeth Nash at enash@modelretailer.com.
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