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C.O.V.I.D: “Containers Overseas are Vexing Independent Dealers”

Rather than focus on the “why” of the supply chain struggles, let’s focus on the what: What products are being impacted most, and what is happening once containers arrive in the States?

Independent Retail Confidence Remains Steady Heading into December

After a dip in confidence last month, the NMG Index remained steady heading into December and was up year over year.

Alternative Payment Methods Are Here to Stay

You could be missing out on potential sales because you aren’t offering the right (or any) alternative payment methods.

MSM Profile: Bill Whelan

Get to Know: Bill Whelan Bill WhelanNationwide EastStates covered: New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island📧: bill.whelan@nationwidegroup.orgWork Experience XSENSOR TECHNOLOGY Business Development Manager, July 2019 to November 2021...

Study: Consumers Trust Local Businesses Over Internet-Only Brands

Consumers are more likely to trust a local business compared to an online-only brand, according to a new survey. But with great trust comes the higher expectations for exceptional service.

The Evolution of Black Friday

What’s out? Black Friday. Taking its place? Black November. Consumers have been shifting their shopping habits around this weekend for years. The pandemic pushed those trends even further.

Use Your Brand Story to Attract New Retail Talent

The doors of growth are wide open, many are struggling to keep pace with shopper demand, and the pool of candidates to grow our teams seems empty. So, now what?

Recruiting and Engagement Challenges for Rent to Own in Today’s Environment

What are the big box retailers doing to attract and retain new talent today, and do similar strategies make sense for the independent rent-to-own dealer?

Supply Chain, Economic Uneasiness Drag Independent Retail Confidence Down

Independent retailers saw their confidence dip heading into November, according to the latest NMG Index survey results.

Highlights from High Point Market

Attending High Point Market is almost a rite of passage for all North Carolinians. And this fall, I got to revisit Market, see both new product introductions and some updated favorites, and talk with some of our key Vendor Partners. Here are five key takeaways.

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The Evolution of Black Friday

The Evolution of Black Friday

What’s out? Black Friday. Taking its place? Black November. Consumers have been shifting their shopping habits around this weekend for years. The pandemic pushed those trends even further.

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Independent Thinking Podcast

98: NetSuite Chats On Enterprise Resource Planning Platforms

98: NetSuite Chats On Enterprise Resource Planning Platforms

Chris Benner, vertical product manager for retail at Oracle NetSuite, provides an overview on the world of enterprise resource planning platforms. NetSuite, a Nationwide vendor partner, provides retailers with the tools they need to efficiently run their businesses and provide a seamless experience for their customers.

97: Are You Offering Alternative Payment Options?

97: Are You Offering Alternative Payment Options?

Consumers have myriad options available to them when it comes to paying for goods. Gone are the days of just cash and checks. To wrap our heads around all of the alternative payment options available today, we sat down with Nationwide’s VP of Business and Financial Services Chris Kirk.

96: Independent We Stand Checks In Ahead of Small Business Saturday

96: Independent We Stand Checks In Ahead of Small Business Saturday

Co-founder & Executive Director of Independent We Stand Bill Brunelle spends some time discussing the Shop Local movement ahead of Small Business Saturday. Bill also details ways to extend the excitement around supporting small businesses throughout the rest of the calendar.

95: CyberManor’s Approach to the Smart Home Was Decades Ahead of Its Time

95: CyberManor’s Approach to the Smart Home Was Decades Ahead of Its Time

Gordon van Zuiden got into the home integration industry thanks to his interest and expertise in building strong networks — much unlike his colleagues with heavy audio and video backgrounds. That fact has helped his firm, cyberManor, remain ahead of the smart home curve since its launch over two decades ago.

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