February 2015

Use your accountant for more than bookkeeping
Develop an advisor relationship: Involve him in your business, encourage visits to your store, ask what he can do for you
That's 'shoppertainment!'
These big and small retailers aren’t just stores, they’re entertainment venues; see how they attract and keep their customers in fun ways
Draw a crowd with events
Promote special activities and use staff expertise to set your store apart from the competition and make it a destination
Is your site up to the task?
With Web analytics and SEO, you can see how well your website is doing­—and then make changes to bring in more traffic and sales
Get ready for the chip
New fraud-resistant credit cards will become the standard this fall
Quadcopter causes buzz at White House
A small quadcopter caused a big stir early on the morning of Jan. 26 when it strayed over a fence and crashed on the south grounds of the White House. A Secret Service agent and other security officer...
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Trainfest 2015 featuring Chicago & North Western Ry. tribute
Trainfest 2015 is on schedule to arrive in Milwaukee Nov. 14-15. The show will occupy the two largest buildings at Wisconsin State Fair Park for a combined 230,000 square feet of exhibit space. Trainf...
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New packaging for Settlers of Catan
Kosmos and Mayfair Games announced on Jan. 15, 2015, a consolidation of the Catan family of products with a new look for the packaging. The cover art utilized by all partners is aimed at visual contin...
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Gahan named Horizon Hobby surface team manager
Horizon Hobby has named Kevin Gahan as Surface Team Manager, responsible for the TLR/Horizon Hobby/Spektrum Surface Racing teams. In his new role, Gahan will coordinate team communications and develop...
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Longtime Milwaukee-area hobby shop to close
Greenfield News and Hobby, a 50-year-old family business touted as "Greater Milwaukee's largest full-line hobby shop," will be closing by April 1 as owner Jay Gordon retires. "It's been a good run," s...
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Hobbico to distribute Italieri in U.S., Canada
Hobbico announced Dec. 1 that it is now the sole distributor for Italieri plastic model kits in the U.S. and Canada. Founded in 1962 and headquartered near Bologna, Italy, Italieri released its first...
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HMA to reset, relocate, rename iHobby Expo for 2016
The hobby industry show previously known as iHobby Expo will have a new emphasis as well as a new venue and format, the Hobby Manufacturers Association (HMA) said in a Dec. 1 press release. In order ...
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Big changes in the works for iHobby
Another year, another round of changes. The Hobby Manufacturers Association held its 30th annual iHobby Expo on Oct. 2-5 in Schaumburg, Ill. And, as was the case following the previous three shows, d...
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New show management for iHobby Expo
Hobby Show Promotions Inc., producer of the 2013 and 2014 iHobby Expo, will be under new ownership effective Oct. 15. The company, currently owned by Randy Bachmann, is being sold to David Swanson, w...
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Replicarz to deliver 1:43 scale Indy winners
Replicarz, the Vermont-based die-cast model distributor and maker of 1:18-scale IndyCar models, will deliver its first 1:43 Indy racers late this year. Brian Fothergill of Replicarz said the company ...
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What’s Selling: Games
Below are the What's Selling responses from our September survey on the games hobby segment. HobbyTown USA College Station, Texas Board Games: Mayfai...
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What is your store's return policy, and how often do you utilize it after the holidays?
Michael Magee, Hub City Hobby, Hattiesburg, Miss., said: “We accept returns only on unused merchandise in resalable condition, and then only for...
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What are some of the ways your store goes the extra mile for customers?
Gerry Satterwhite, Greenville Hobby Depot, Greenville, Texas, said: “I sometimes give a big discount on items to special customers, or just gi...
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Whats Selling Games - March
Below are the What's Selling responses from our March survey on the games hobby segment.Hub City Hobby Hattiesburg, Miss.Board games: Mayfair Game...
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