August 2015

Turn unhappy customers into store cheerleaders
Difficult customer situations are inevitable, but bad endings are not; here are tips for turning problems into win-win solutions
Take a swipe at card fees
You can save money by shopping around for merchant credit card accounts — but be sure you’re making good comparisons
Is your store using video?
With customers searching online, and so many channels available to you, there are lots of ways for you to promote your business
Chip migration going slowly
Forbes predicts $10 billion in losses to fraud unless the U.S. payments industry speeds the transition to chip cards before the end of 2015. With an October 2015 deadline looming, payment-services pr...
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"BattleKasting for Literacy" at Gen Con raises money for public library
Adventure-series author Alane Adams announced a $2,500 donation to the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation and pledged to pay Gen Con attendees $2 for each person (up to $5,000) who plays the autho...
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Revell designs new product lines for youngsters
Revell is launching a revamped and repackaged product line aimed at a new generation of model builders. The updated line features a new skill-level scheme Revell hopes will become an industry standard...
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Gen Con closes trade registrations
The Gen Con annual game convention, held July 30-Aug. 2 in Indianapolis, announced it has closed registrations for its Retailer Trade Day on July 29. "We decided to halt sales after we surpassed appr...
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Hobbico exhibits at EAA Airventure
Modelers attending the EAA Airventure air show in Oshkosh, Wis., July 20-26 can take a break from 1:1-scale aircraft to see what's new from Hobbico at both of Phil's Hobby Shop booths: No. 1034 in Han...
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“Know Before You Fly” gains new support
Launched in December 2014 by the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and the Small UAV Coalition in partnership with the Federal Avia...
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Revell names winners in Foose model selection
The votes are in--more than 10,000 of them--and, given a choice of seven Chip Foose custom car designs, modelers have elected Foose's 1956 F-100 pickup and 1948 "Eldorod" Cadillac for production. Both...
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Fly-in July: It’s time for EAA AirVenture
The Experimental Aircraft Association will hold its annual convention, AirVenture, July 20-26 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis. The world's largest fly-in event, AirVenture hosts more than...
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Comic-Con stays in San Diego through 2018
San Diego Comic-Con International and the city of San Diego have reached an agreement for the convention to remain there through 2018, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer announced. The previous contract was t...
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Allied Model Trains closes
On July 7, the following announcement was posted on Allied Model Trains’ website: “It’s with great sadness we send this message to our friends, customers and vendors. As of today J...
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