August 27, 2014
PDRA announces a new scholarship for member dealers…the Robert E. Petit Memorial Scholarship. One free PDRA educational course will be awarded monthly throughout 2014, beginning in June. Call (800) 737-0107 or email tina@pdra.org for more information…

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PDRA Announces 2014 Scholarship Award Competition

PDRA is proud to announce the 2014 PDRA Scholarship Award Competition, which is awarded to one student each calendar year. The $5000 scholarship, which is generously sponsored by the National Hardware Show®, is open only to PDRA retail members in good standing. Each member is allowed to nominate two candidates. Members may nominate employees, friends, or relatives to receive the award. Eligible candidates must be at least in the senior year of high school and be less than 26 years of age at the time of nomination.

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Paint Stewardship Programs: A Win – Win Proposition

There is a very strange phenomenon that all homeowners have to deal with at some time or another. It goes something like this: an unsuspecting homeowner paints her living room a lovely shade of Moss Green. She uses all but several inches of the paint in the can, replaces the lid tightly and deposits the can into one of the dark corners of her basement. Six or seven years pass, the nicely sealed Moss Green can all but forgotten. Then one day, after re-painting the living room a beautiful Buttery Yellow, she returns to the dark basement corner with the unused portion of new paint to find nine cans of partially-used paint lurking there with Moss Green - somehow that one lonely can of unused paint had replicated itself 9 times!

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PDRA Webinar Reveals Secrets to Successful Email Campaigns

Knowledge is power, someone once said. For the independent retailers of today, that statement still rings true. The more you know about how to market your business, the better off your business will fare in this fast-paced and technical world.

Email has quickly become one of the easiest and best ways to stay in touch with customers. In PDRA's newest webinar, "Email Marketing – A Beginner's Checklist", you will learn many of the secrets to launching and maintaining a successful, ongoing email dialog with your customers.

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Consistent Performance by Independent Paint & Decorating Retailers for 2nd Quarter 2013

Total paint and decorating store sales were up in the second quarter of 2013, 1 percentage point over second quarter sales of 2012. Overall 2013 year-to-date sales (Jan-June) were also up 3.5% from the same time period in 2012.

Regional sales continued to struggle in some areas, with the Midwest posting a second straight loss in overall store sales. The Northeast, South and Western regions posted modest gains in overall store sales as compared to the first quarter 2012, with year-to-date performance fairly even in all product categories across all regions.

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