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What Prime Day Showed Us About the State of the Consumer

There’s lots to glean from the post-Prime Day data, but more than the total amount spent, what stands out is how consumers shopped, and what helped drive them to the platform.

2024 Back-to-College Shopper Forecast

An overview of back-to-college spending predictions for 2024 and how these insights impact Independent retailers.

5 Stats That Show How Important Independent Retail Is to the Local Economy

A quick look at five compelling statistics that show how important and impactful independent retail businesses are within their local communities.

FTC Votes to Block Mattress Firm-TSI Merger

In it’s 5-0 decision, the FTC alleged that the proposed $4 billion acquisition of Mattress Firm would give TSI, the world’s largest mattress supplier and manufacturer, the “ability and incentive” to suppress competition.

How to Market Your Business to Rental Property Owners: 7 Effective Strategies for Success

Is your business actively marketing to rental property owners? If not, you should be — and here are 7 effective strategies to help!

Former NFL Player Turned World-Class Magician Jon Dorenbos to Keynote PrimeTime

Former NFL Pro-Bowler turned renowned keynote speaker and magician Jon Dorenbos will bring his inspiring story and incredible magic act to PrimeTime this August.

Nationwide Marketing Group and Zephyr Launch Unique Partnership Agreement

The partnership makes Zephyr a preferred vendor for NMG members with its performance-driven, technology-focused ventilation options and specialty kitchen appliances.

Leveraging the Power of Reddit for the Independent Channel

A deep dive into Reddit as a social sharing platform and how Independent retailers can use it to gain insights and build community.

5 More Awesome Luxury Appliance Collaborations

The recent mashup between Lexus and Monogram got us thinking about other collaborations in the luxury appliance space.

Monogram’s Latest Collaboration is Proof of the Brand’s Drive to Innovate

What do luxury appliances, luxury cars and pizza have in common? No, it’s not a riddle or a trick question. The answer is the Monogram GX — a concept luxury vehicle that combines the off-roading adventure spirit of the all-new Lexus GX with Monogram’s 30″ Smart Flush Hearth Oven.

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221: Focus On the In-Store Experience Has Been Key to Success for Mattress Direct

221: Focus On the In-Store Experience Has Been Key to Success for Mattress Direct

There are so many factors that go into the overall success of any independent retail business, but it’s those one or two special areas that you excel at that truly take your business to the next level. For Lee Burns, CEO & Founder of Mattress Direct, it’s been his commitment to an exceptional (and innovative) in-store experience. 

220: CW Technologies Owners Shares Unique Origin Story

220: CW Technologies Owners Shares Unique Origin Story

Carlos Warlick, owner of CW Technologies in Southern California, has one of the craziest AV industry origin stories out there. After getting his start by doing intern-like work at a big music studio, he found himself pimpin’ rides well before Xhibit was doing his thing on MTV. That parlayed into a successful and growing custom integration business that he runs today.

219: PROJECT: automate Founder Pays It Forward During Oasys Summit

219: PROJECT: automate Founder Pays It Forward During Oasys Summit

Josh Trevithick founded his custom integration company, PROJECT: automate, a little over two decades ago, but he just recently joined Oasys Residential Technology Group – and he’s already realizing the return on his investment. During the recent Oasys Summit, Trevithick sat down to talk about his early experience in the group and how he hopes to pay it forward.

218: Frank Sterns Chats On New Role and the Parallels to Previous Stops

218: Frank Sterns Chats On New Role and the Parallels to Previous Stops

Just a few weeks after being formally introduced as a consultant for Nationwide Marketing Group’s Custom Integration division, Frank Sterns was with the group in Austin for the second-annual Oasys Summit. There, we sat down with him to talk about his first in-person experience with the group as a part of the team, and we dove into his career history and his vision for the group.

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