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What’s Up With The June Christmas Items Already In Stores?

It’s easy to shake our heads and blame it on retailers wanting to wring every last buck out of shoppers opening up their wallets for the holiday season – but there are several organizations that have been welcoming Christmas in June for decades. And, it’s because of customer demand. The National Retail Federation has survey…

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With Open Arms, We Nourish Body, Mind and Soul

That’s the mission statement for Open Arms of Minnesota. This amazing nonprofit organization believes that food is medicine, and with the help of volunteers they deliver meals to Twin City residents living with cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). The program also provides meals to their caregivers and dependents. Open Arms was…

Retail

When The Price Isn’t Enough

First, it was gloom and doom. eCommerce was going to drive brick and mortar stores to extinction. It was an interesting prediction, but apparently, the experts who came up with it neglected to pay attention to what consumers were actually doing. Sure, there are big names like Blockbuster and Tower Records that have gone the…

Versatility

Analog Solutions In A Digital World

There are times when it seems like the whole world is being digitized and ported into your smartphone. It might make you wonder what will happen to places that existed before the analog versions. We all know what happened to companies like Tower Records and Blockbuster Video. They’ve gone the way of the dinosaur. Will…

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Vinyl Art Case Study – Bookmarking a disaster: How Vinyl Art Salvaged a Project that was Cancelled After Production

College textbooks have never been inexpensive. Medical textbooks are even costlier. It’s currently estimated that a four-year medical degree program at a private college runs about $200,000. Your cost for textbooks will cost about $6,000. According to the National Association of College Stores, the average student spends $665 yearly on textbooks. Some college courses require…

Candy Jar

What The Candy Jar On Your Office Desk And Getting A Promotion Have In Common

Not enough space? Or, too much stuff? It’s one of those hypothetical questions that maybe doesn’t have an answer. One thing’s for sure: our desk and—if we have one—office can get messy fast. Have you ever walked up to your desk and thought, “I wonder what people think this says about me?” The way you…

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Bigger, Faster, Closer to Your Deadline!

Many companies today either practice or are moving to what’s known as “just-in-time” inventory management—often just called JIT. It’s the process of ordering and receiving inventory only when it’s needed. There’s no surplus of stock on hand. Operating with these low inventory levels allows companies to lower inventory carrying costs as they increase efficiency and…