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57% of online Purchases are returned due to Retailer Errors

57% of online Purchases are returned due to Retailer Errors

As retailer recognizes that the consumer buying habits have changed, it has required them to change the way they do business. Some of them really just struggle with the concept itself, while others have struggled with the execution. Nearly two third (63%) of respondents said up to 10% of the items they purchase online or by phone are returned due to error or dissatisfaction. Another 20% indicated that they return up to 25% of items …

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Swipe fees

Swipe fees

Retailers may soon be able to ask customers to use other credit card in the place of those with higher fees. Hidden credit card and debit card swipe fees inflate the cost of nearly everything consumers buy, even when they pay cash. Consumers pay hundreds of dollars every year in hidden fees just for the “right” to swipe their cards. That money — about $50 billion every year — goes directly to banks and credit …

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5 Favorite DIY Halloween Ideas

5 Favorite DIY Halloween Ideas

It’s time for tricks and treats. We pulled together 5 fantastic, Halloween ideas that can help you get creative this year without spending a lot of money on decorations. Perfect for your home or your store.   The Hard Candy “Blood Drip” The “blood rim” is made from the same kind of mixture as you’d use to make hard candy. You will need a candy thermometer (which you can find at most grocery stores). Ingredients: …

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3 Fun Social Media Promotions

3 Fun Social Media Promotions

Everyone knows that social media is a valuable tool for any small business to use to increase their customer base and create awareness of what’s going on in their store. We put together 3 easy promotional ideas you can use to help you get creative in your marketing efforts.   1. Display It You probably spend a lot of time and effort to create pleasing displays in your windows or inside your store to best …

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Elementary, My Dear Watson!

Elementary, My Dear Watson!

Are you the type of person to play the lottery? Or save your fortune from a fortune cookie? Do you read your horoscope, just to get a heads up on what the stars have in store for you today? I thought it might be fun to align Rolf Glass products with Element signs and see what suggestions we could offer, based on the not-so-scientific method of personality traits. The game is a foot.   Fire …

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Glassware Basics for Your First Home

Glassware Basics for Your First Home

The first time you move into your own place, is generally the first time you give any thought to what you will be drinking out of or eating off. In college the ideal glass for a beverage is any one that is clean, and sometimes not even. I remember my Mother going through her cabinets and assembling for me an assorted collection of non-matching silverware, random mixed plates and mostly glassware we collected for free …

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Perfecting the Staycation: Summer Fun in Porchville USA

Perfecting the Staycation: Summer Fun in Porchville USA

When I was growing up in mid-western Pennsylvania, every summer my sister and I would ask my Father where we would be going on vacation that year. And nearly every year he would answer the exact same way, “Porchville USA.” My family wasn’t exactly the get-away type. But each summer we made the most of spending time together while staying local. We saved money, my folks saved their sanity, and we got creative. Now that …

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The Word of the Day is Whiskey

The Word of the Day is Whiskey

The word whiskey is derived from the Gaelic word “Uisge Beatha” which means “water of life”. More and more Whiskey (or also spelled Whisky) is becoming the popular choice. Small batches are popping up everywhere and with the ease of the internet, dependent upon the state that you live in, you can even have some fine small batch whiskey sent right to your door. Although I do champion the DIY initiative, I hesitate to recommend …

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Caron’s Beach House Achieves Fab 100 Status with Rolf Glass

We’re very excited about reaching this status for the second year in a row!   We LOVE selling Rolf Glassware on our coastal home decor website, Caron’s Beach House, and have featured their glassware since 2010. Tom and I met Rolf Poeting, the owner of Rolf Glass and his Director of Design, Paula Sansone-Johnson, at the first gift show we attended after moving to San Francisco in the summer of 2010. We immediately fell in …

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