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National Retail Federation Launches Small Business Retail Council

The National Retail Federation (NRF) has launched the Small Business Retail Council to represent and respond to the interests of small regional and local independent retailers. The committee will identify concerns, develop strategies and solutions, and promote and organize grassroots advocacy. The Council also will serve as a forum for NRF’s small business members to […]

Posted in Articles, National Retail Federation by Dave Ratner.

Dave Ratner joins business owners talking taxes, wages, in Washington

By Jim Kinney | AGAWAM — Dave Ratner, owner of Dave’s Soda & Pet City, often appears in the company of a furry or feathered pet. But later this month he’ll be with U.S. senators and members of the House of Representatives when he goes to Washington to lobby along with other retailers as […]

Posted in Articles, Management, Retail by Dave Ratner.

Big advice from a small retailer

By Al McClain At the recent eTail West conference, Dave Ratner gave a terrific presentation on how small retailers can win against big chains — real world examples from somebody who worked his way up from the bottom. First, a little background: Mr. Ratner is the owner of Dave’s Soda & Pet City, a seven-store […]

Posted in Articles, Management, Retail by Dave Ratner.

Dave’s Soda & Pet City introduces Pounds for Pounds program for area shelters

By The Republican Business Desk AGAWAM – All Dave’s Soda & Pet City locations , Agawam, Hadley, Ludlow Northampton, Springfield, Stafford Springs and Ware. Dave’s Soda & Pet City and Natura Pet Foods, is proud to introduce the Pounds for Pounds Program created to partner with four area shelters. For the month of April, every […]

Posted in Articles, Event Planning, Pets by Dave Ratner.

Hampden County Correctional Center inmates boost Toy for Joy by $5,000; nearly $74,000 still needs to be raised

By George Graham | SPRINGFIELD – The Hampden County Correctional Center inmates’ commissary fund has continued its long-standing Christmas tradition of donating to the Toy for Joy fund. The $5,000 gift to families in need brings the Toy for Joy tally to $76,310, leaving $73,690 to be raised by Christmas Eve in order to […]

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Good Boss, or Good Leader?

Do you nurture your employees so they can grow to be leaders themselves? Do you let your employees make decisions and yes, even wrong decisions? Is it difficult for you to give up control, or are you at the point where you are happy to have other folks help run the business? I ask these […]

Posted in Articles, Leadership, Management by Dave Ratner.

Your Attitude Goes a Long Way in Business

This is a “do as I say, don’t do as I do” column. I was at the Summit distributors buying show last weekend and met a very nice woman who runs a pretty successful store, and has a wholesale bakery business. She was telling me about the competition moving near her, voicing her concern about […]

Posted in Articles, Leadership, Management, Retail by Dave Ratner.

Too many cards? Dave’s Soda and Pet City teams up with The Loc Card to get universal loyalty

By Jim Kinney | SPRINGFIELD — Getting a discount at checkout these days is like the beginning of a magic trick. Pick a card, any card. Loyalty programs — where a customer signs up and gives the merchant the ability to track his or her spending in return for discounts and offers — proliferate. […]

Posted in Articles, Management, Marketing by Dave Ratner.

Not So Fast

As I was walking through one of my stores a couple of weeks ago, I noticed we were starting to get some Innova back on the shelf. I would say we were about 50 percent in stock. It so happened that I was leaving for California in a couple of days to call on retailers […]

Posted in Articles, Pets, Retail by Dave Ratner.

Voices of the Valley: Dave Ratner of Dave’s Soda & Pet Food City

By: The Republican With locations in Agawam, Springfield, Hadley, Northampton, Ware and Stafford Springs, CT., I opened the store in Ludlow at the beginning of April. Big Y is my landord and we are now in five of their shopping centers. It works out well for both of us. We are both interested in attracting […]

Posted in Articles, Pets, Retail by Dave Ratner.

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