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Orgill opens Spring Dealer Market in Orlando

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Memphis, Tenn.-based Orgill’s 2011 Spring Dealer Market kicked off Thursday with pallet specials and seminars, among other things.

The market floor included two concept stores to offer merchandising ideas to dealers: Beale Street Lumber and Delta Farm & Hardware. 

"These stores showcase the range of what Orgill can provide to retailers of different shapes, sizes and formats," said Orgill CEO Ron Beal.

In his welcoming note to attendees, Beal also pointed to the deals available in the Coupon and Pallet Buy areas.

Among the 40 or so first-time exhibitors to the event are Ames Research Laboratory, EcoSmart Technologies and the L. Frances Caramel Co. 

 

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Milwaukee Electric expands Lithium-ion system

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. expanded its M18 Lithium-ion system with the new M18 Cordless 3/8-inch Right Angle Drill Driver.

The 18V right angle drill with an adjustable clutch provides eleven torque settings, plus one drill mode, for control in close-quarter fastening applications.

“The combination of a 3.75-inch total head length and an integrated Electronic Clutch make this tool the most compact 18V Right Angle Drill Driver in the industry,” says Christian Coulis, senior product manager for Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation.

The product also comes equipped with an LED light to illuminate the work surface and up to 125 in-lbs of torque. 

 

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‘Buy Local’ campaigns may help small independents

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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.

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