April 2017 Model Retailer

April 2017 Issue

Hold on to your best workers
How high is your employee turnover? Shop owners and others share ideas for making your store a desirable place to work
Create the perfect print ad
This traditional marketing method can pay for itself, as long as you use it correctly
Who needs cash?
For more and more consumers, the answer is "not me!" What retailers need to know about mobile wallets and other forms of cashless payments
Keep customers online
Three successful store owners describe how to keep ecommerce shoppers happy and buying
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GAMA Trade Show breaks attendance record
This year’s Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA)Trade Show, March 13-17, in Las Vegas, saw its largest attendance numbers. With 1,684 registered attendees, it grew 15 percent over last year&rsq...
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Rocky Mountain Train Show
Rocky Mountain Train Show Reaches New Heights
Press release from the Rocky Mountain Train Show The Rocky Mountain Train Show continued its run as the Largest Train Show West of the Mississippi with attendance of 10,257 on March 4-5, 2017—t...
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RailFest 2017
RailFest 2017 attractions planned
The 10th annual RailFest will be held April 8, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Rosenberg Railroad Museum in Rosenberg, Texas. This family-friendly event will features speakers, miniature train ri...
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The FAA can't fund drones
Originally published at www.drone360mag.com On March 7, the FAA released a document which tasked its Drone Advisory Committee (DAC), a long-term advisory board comprised of drone and tech industry...
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Blue Orange Games
Blue Orange unveils science-themed games at Toy Fair 2017
Blue Orange Games displayed 13 new products played at the 2017 Toy Fair held February 18-21 in New York City. Two of those were science-based doctor games. Dr. Microbe and Dr. Beaker joined the "Docto...
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NRHSA and HMA plan 2018 fall shows
The fall of 2018 will be a busy season for the hobby industry—two shows set one month apart will offer a wide variety of opportunities to retailers who attend.   The first show, slated for ...
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Board game featured in science publication
Weekly publication Science featured the board game Evolution: Climate in early February.   The review was written by Valerie Thompson, who identified Climate's potential role in promoting d...
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AMA and DJI launch joint drone safety and training program
Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), the nation’s leading voice for model flying hobbyists, and DJI, the world’s leading maker of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), are launching a joint prog...
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Fast Tracks
Fast Tracks to buy Mt. Albert Scale Lumber
Canadian company Fast Tracks Hobbyworks announced it will be buying Mr. Albert Scale Lumber in the coming months.   Fast Tracks manufactures tools and other products for model railroad building. ...
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NRF predicts retail sales will increase 3.7-4.2 percent over 2016
The National Retail Federation has released their 2017 Economic Forecast. The forecast, which does not include automobiles, gas stations and restaurants, project total retail growth in 2017 to be bet...
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People & Places

  • HobbyTown opened three new locations. Those stores are in Orem, Utah; Flowood, Miss.; and Mooresville, N.C.
  • Aria Moffly was named DC Entertainment Vice President of Creative Affairs. Moffly has worked on The Flash and DC Legends of Tomorrow.
  • CMON Limited hired game- industry veteran Mike McVey for the Production and Development team. McVey has worked with Games Workshop and Wizards of the Coast.
  • Nate Murray, a product manager at IDW, joined Indiegogo as Head of Gaming. Murray will work on strategy and development for game campaigns.
  • Veteran illustrator Bernard “Bernie” Wrightson retired due to health complications. He worked on House of Mystery and House of Secrets.

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