March 2015

Set your goals for success
Choosing goals and sticking to them is not just a personal virtue; it can make all the difference in how your business lives and grows
Tax breaks to bank on
The Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 extends temporary tax incentives for another year; what will it do for your tax bill?
Retailers blur the lines
Big online retailers are augmenting their digital presence with brick-and-mortar spaces; what this means for the rest of us
Keep shoplifters at bay
Sophisticated thievery is on the rise, with buyers connecting to stolen goods online; we look at ways to protect your store
Tower Hobbies offers monthly payment plan
Online and mail-order retailer Tower Hobbies is touting an "Easy Pay Plan" that allows customers to split the cost of eligible products into monthly installments with no interest or additional charges...
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Mobile payments grow more popular
Research by FindABetterBank, a website owned by Boston-based research firm Novarica, indicates that 27 percent of smartphone owners have used their device to complete a transaction at a retail store &...
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NRHSA using new online tool to collect industry data
Dynamic Benchmarking, a provider of customized online benchmarking and reporting solutions, has launched a new online platform for the National Retail Hobby Stores Association (NRHSA) to collect and c...
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West Coast dockworkers reach tentative labor agreement
Negotiators reached agreement on a five-year labor contract that would end the dockworkers strike that has snarled West Coast ports from San Diego to Seattle, which represent about 25 percent of all U...
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FAA proposes rules for commercial drone use
The Federal Aviation Administration on Feb. 15 proposed rules on the commercial use of small drones (55 pounds or less). Regulations would require operators to be certified, 17 or older, keep the craf...
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Trio charged in attempted hobby-shop robbery
Police have arrested a trio of suspects on charges of attempted robbery, attempted aggravated battery, and criminal confinement in two incidents at AA Hobby Shop in Evansville, Ind.   The police ...
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Retailers marketing hard to mobile; apps on the outs
Reaching customers who use smartphones and tablets ranks high on retailers' to-do lists, according to a 2015 Research Inc., study. The "State of Retailing Report" says 58 percent of...
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Hornby on the rise and on the move
Sales this year are tracking along nicely for British model railway manufacturer Hornby, which announced year-to-date sales rising 6 percent following a merry Christmas season during which sales were ...
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Amazon opens first brick-and-mortar store – in Indiana
Last November, Amazon created a widespread buzz when it announced plans to open its first brick-and-mortar store in New York City in time for the 2014 holiday season. That buzz softened when a retail ...
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Broberg was a founder of RCHTA
Dewey "Orv" Broberg, founder Du-Bro Products, Inc., passed away on Jan. 12 after a short illness. He was 80.   The company announcement said, "Dewey may be most remembered for being one of the fo...
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What’s Selling: Games
Below are the What's Selling responses from our September survey on the games hobby segment. HobbyTown USA College Station, Texas Board Games: Mayfai...
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What is your store's return policy, and how often do you utilize it after the holidays?
Michael Magee, Hub City Hobby, Hattiesburg, Miss., said: “We accept returns only on unused merchandise in resalable condition, and then only for...
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What are some of the ways your store goes the extra mile for customers?
Gerry Satterwhite, Greenville Hobby Depot, Greenville, Texas, said: “I sometimes give a big discount on items to special customers, or just gi...
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Whats Selling Games - March
Below are the What's Selling responses from our March survey on the games hobby segment.Hub City Hobby Hattiesburg, Miss.Board games: Mayfair Game...
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