‘Buy Local’ campaigns may help small independents
A large number of small retailers in the U.S. believe that there is a “buy local” sentiment afoot in the United States, and it is helping their businesses, according to a survey by American Express.
The survey, which polled small retail business owners with storefront locations, found that 55% believe that ‘buy local’ campaigns can help small businesses compete in challenging economic times. Another 57% said they are planning local campaigns in 2011.
More than one-third (36%) of small retailers surveyed said the biggest incentive for consumers to buy at local, independent businesses is “better customer service.” The second biggest incentive is supporting the community by creating local jobs (16%).
Approximately half of the respondents (51%) believe there is a growing ‘buy local’ sentiment in the United States.
Shoplifter caught on camera
According to a report on WEWS newsnet5.com, a Twinsburg, Ohio hardware store used a trail camera to help capture a frequent shoplifter.
Store owner Dennis Mulhern of Twinsburg True Value said the customer was in the store regularly before he was caught on film. The video led to the arrest of the suspect, according to the report.
Hardware store doubles as cat shelter
Coast Hardware, a True Value dealer in Willits, Calif., keeps some unusual merchandise in the front of the store: a large cage full of cats, ready for adoption. According to an article in the Willits News, owner Don Buchanan and staff have been helping place animal rescue shelter cats in homes for several years.
The Northern California hardware store partners with the local chapter of the Humane Society and a group called Anderson Valley Animal Rescue.
Coast Hardware will soon join another program that offers vouchers to people who feed “free-roaming community cats” who need to be spayed or neutered, the article said.