February 2016

Store displays that dazzle

Show off your merchandise in ways that capture customers’ attention and help them realize how much they want to buy it

Drone racing: 'It's the best rush I can find'

Drones the size of your hand wail along at 50 mph; don’t blink!

Smart email marketing

Shake up the way you send emails by employing these 5 easy tactics, which promote happy relationships between stores and customers

Newsletters that connect

Inspire your customers, inform them of the latest products and send them hurrying to your store—all with the humble newsletter

Amazon considers opening hundreds of bookstores
E-commerce giant Amazon may be opening between 300 and 400 brick-and-mortar bookstores. This speculation has caused uproar in the retail community, with Amazon representatives either denying or refusi...
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Ready Made Trains to close after president retires
Ready Made Trains president Walter M. Matuch announced he will retire on Feb. 24. RMT will shut down later this year. The company plans to remain open online until the end of April, as the remaining ...
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Round 2 secures rights to Racing Champions brand
Round 2 announced it has secured the licensing rights from TOMY International to produce the classic Racing Champions die-cast brand, including the Mint line of automobiles released in the 1990s. The ...
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Music makes shopping more fun
Fifty-eight percent of Canadians say listening to music in supermarkets makes shopping more enjoyable, according to the survey by polling firm Leger and SOCAN (the Society of Composers, Authors a...
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Model aviation community donates $92,000 to Wounded Warrior Project
The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) has donated $92,000 to support Wounded Warrior Project. These funds were raised through approximately 235 AMA chartered clubs during National Model Aviation Day ...
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Kalmbach purchases Rather Dashing Games
At the start of the year, Kalmbach Publishing Co. announced it was acquiring board-game publisher Rather Dashing Games. This acquisition marks Kalmbach's first step into the world of board games. Rat...
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Model Train Festival celebrates 20th year
The 20th annual Model Train Festival took place at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma over the holiday season. Visitors saw model trains of all sizes and complexity on every floor of the mu...
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Asmodee acquires Catan from Mayfair Games
On Jan. 7, Asmodee North America procured the English-language rights to the Catan game from Mayfair Games Inc. Catan is a German board game with available expansion packs, which have sold a combined ...
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Atlas purchases BLMA Models
Atlas Model Railroad Co. purchased BLMA Models Inc. of Fullerton, Calif., in early January.BLMA, which began operations in 2000, produces rolling stock in HO and N scales, as well as scenery accessori...
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FAA enforces no-drone boundaries over D.C.
The Federal Aviation Administration has increased the radius around Washington, D.C., where drones are not allowed to fly from 15 to 30 miles. This no-fly area is called National, a zone where communi...
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611 In Steam
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