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You’re Only As Good As The People You Depend On

You’re Only As Good As The People You Depend On

| September 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

I feel like, lately, I’ve been focused a lot on technology. So, this month, I’m opting to focus a little more on human capital. When we think about our stores, we tend to focus on day-to-day operations: the cost of goods, profit margins, advertising, overhead and many other things. The people around us are easy […]

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The Curious Case Of MI Spy

The Curious Case Of MI Spy

| September 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

I was visiting one of my favorite cities, San Francisco CA, and enjoying an extended hiatus when the call came. I had been all set to get a shrimp sandwich and watch some great street musicians at the wharf. But, since duty was calling, I slipped away, leaving a $50 on the counter. The Chief, […]

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Front And Center With Roland’s Marketing Communications Manager

Front And Center With Roland’s Marketing Communications Manager

| September 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

Rebecca Eaddy knows the musical instrument industry like Shakira knows dance moves. With more than 10 years’ experience in marketing, publicity, artist relations, licensing and more, Eaddy has been pivotal to developing impressive campaigns for companies like PRS Guitars, as well as her current employer, Roland Corp. U.S. During her years with PRS, Eaddy helped […]

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Racking Up Better Profits: A Point Here, A Point There…

Racking Up Better Profits: A Point Here, A Point There…

| September 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

Sen. Everett Dirksen is credited with describing uncontrolled government spending by saying, “A billion here, a billion there and, pretty soon, you’re talking real money.” The esteemed gentleman from Illinois was making the point that a little money, over and over, adds up quickly. The MI corollary to Sen. Dirksen’s observation, I believe, would be […]

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Tracking Incomplete Industry Data

Tracking Incomplete Industry Data

| September 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

I like to follow our industry statistics: number of storefronts, violin imports, sales totals and similar data. I find it problematic because, often, it reads like a chamber of commerce blurb used to attract businesses to a city. We, as an industry, attempt to spin the best view of our growth and health, even in […]

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‘Heid’ and Seek

‘Heid’ and Seek

| September 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

Heid Music has been an integral part of Wisconsin’s music community for three generations, having been owned and operated by the Heid family since 1948. The store that Peter Heid first opened back then—it focused on pianos, as well as band and orchestra school rentals—has grown into a full-service music store with five locations: Green […]

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Taylor Guitars’ Redesigned 700 Series

Taylor Guitars’ Redesigned 700 Series

| September 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

Taylor Guitars is a company whose legacy stretches back to 1974, when Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug joined forces after having met at a guitar shop called, quite appropriately, American Dream. Since then, the company has become renowned and universally respected within the music products industry. According to Taylor Guitars’ Master Guitar Designer, Andy Powers, […]

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Super-Sensitive Contributes To Music Education

Super-Sensitive Contributes To Music Education

| September 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

Super-Sensitive Musical String Co. has strong ties within the Sarasota FL community in which its corporate offices are located. That’s why the company’s President, Jim Cavanaugh, has decided to give back so generously to the school system in which he grew up, awarding sums of money to several area middle schools to purchase products for […]

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Guitar Center Appoints New Chairman Of Its Board Of Directors

Guitar Center Appoints New Chairman Of Its Board Of Directors

| September 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

Guitar Center has appointed retail veteran Tony Truesdale as Chairman of the Board of Directors. The current Chairman, Norman Axelrod, will remain as member of the board. Truesdale previously was Chief Executive Officer of Vitamin Shoppe, Inc., a national multi-channel specialty retailer of nutritional products, before his retirement in 2015. During his time at Vitamin […]

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September 2016 Digital Edition

September 2016 Digital Edition

| September 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

COVER STORIES Gifts Unwrapped Although it might only be September, savvy retailers know that late summer/early autumn is the season to prepare for the holiday sales rush, when demand reaches a fever pitch and retailers make a large portion of their yearly profits. That’s why The Retailer’s Holiday Sales Guide remains one of our most […]

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