May 2017 Model Retailer

May 2017 Issue

Are you a good boss?
You might not be doing as well as you think; analyze your performance—and ways you can improve—by considering these nine key questions
Say 'Yes!' to Radio and TV
A lot of complicated pieces go into a successful advertisement; here’s some advice for making the puzzle come together
Registration litigation
Hobbyists and the FAA disagree on how much power the agency has
Get your Game on
After nearly three decades in business, the owner of Castle Perilous knows exactly how to sell games
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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Thousands of mall-based stores to close
According to Business Insider, stores based in U.S. malls are shutting down at a rapid rate and on a large scale. More than 3,500 stores are expected to close in the coming months. Most of these stor...
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FAA restricts drone operations over 133 U.S. military bases
Due to “national security concerns,” the FAA has restricted drone operations over 133 U.S. military bases. This is the first time the FAA has applied such limitations exclusively to unmann...
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Microscale discontinues Genessee & Wyoming decals
Microscale Industries recently announced that it would no longer be selling Genessee & Wyoming (GW) decals. The following decals have been discontinued: 87-1501 Genesee & Wyoming (GW) C...
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10 smart ideas to keep your budget under control—Ask the Experts
Question: I’m determined to stay on top of store expenditures this year. Do you have any suggestions to help keep me on track? Answer: Good question! Sticking to a budget is something we stru...
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Why you should attend NRHSA
Click here to register as an attendee for the 2017 NRHSA Table Top Expo. Come to Las Vegas May 7-10 for the 24th annual National Retail Hobby Store Association Table Top Expo, held at The Orleans Ho...
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GAMA crowd photo
GAMA Trade Show breaks attendance record
This year’s Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA)Trade Show, March 13-17, in Las Vegas, saw its largest attendance numbers. With 1,684 registered attendees, it grew 15 percent over last year&rsq...
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Rocky Mountain Train Show
Rocky Mountain Train Show Reaches New Heights
Press release from the Rocky Mountain Train Show The Rocky Mountain Train Show continued its run as the Largest Train Show West of the Mississippi with attendance of 10,257 on March 4-5, 2017—t...
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  • Kelly’s Kaboose left its original location of 20 years in Kamloops, B.C., and moved 20 minutes west to Savona, B.C. The new setup is in a 130- year-old general store across from the Canadian Pacific main line and close to the Canadian National main line. 
  • Fast Tracks Hobbyworks of Port Dover, Ont., announced it will buy Mt. Albert Scale Lumber. Fast Tracks makes model-railroading products. Mt. Albert Scale Lumber makes wood parts. Fast Tracks intends to keep the Mt. Albert product line, and its catalog will be integrated into Fast Tracks’ ecommerce system.
  • David Hoppe is replacing Adrian Swartout as Gen Con president. Swartout and Hoppe will work together for the next four months, until Gen Con 50 is held in August.
  • Shelly Bond joined IDW Publishing as senior editor of special projects. Bond is the former DC vice president.
  • Aria Moffly is now DC Entertainment vice president of creative affairs. Moffly has worked on Supergirl, Arrow and The Flash, among others.

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