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Economy

Featured Customer Parnassus Books: Holding Their Own Against Online Retailers

October 4, 2013
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There’s no denying that the rise of online retailers like Amazon has made it difficult for many bookstores to stay in business. From the day Parnassus Books first opened in Nashville in 2011, they have focused on getting to know the community and providing the kind of experiences and events their customers enjoy – things [...]

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Making “Made in the USA” a Priority

March 1, 2013
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If you’ve been following our blog or our Twitter account, you may already know that we’re thrilled to feature products that are Made in the U.S.A. What you may not know is that we are committed to increasing the percentage of U.S.-made products that we offer (currently that percentage is 77% and growing).

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Hurricane Sandy Hits Nashville Wraps Customers

November 29, 2012
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The devastation of Hurricane Sandy to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States has made it the second costliest hurricane ever after Hurricane Katrina, with an estimated $65 billion in damage and 253 lives lost. Nashville Wraps customers all over those regions were affected. Many were flooded and without power for several days. Things That Make [...]

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The Ingenious Brown Paper Shopping Bag

October 25, 2012
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How could an unassuming item like a brown paper bag cause such a scramble? Really, it’s like lots of other things we get used to and take for granted as always being readily available. But the retail packaging market is tiny in comparison to many other segments of the paper industry. There are only a [...]

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How do we recreate the US economy?

August 1, 2012
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From my personal experience and from the comments of our suppliers and especially customers like you, no one is expecting the government to rescue our economy. In fact, most of us suspect that Congress can’t stop arguing long enough to get anything meaningful done. Most of our US manufacturing vendors whom we visit and discuss [...]

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New Lower Shipping Rates!

July 5, 2012
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It doesn’t happen often… There are a few factors involved in this piece of good news. First, as we all know, the price of fuel is much lower than it has been in months. Remember back in January when we thought that gas would be well over $5 a gallon by now? It was $2.95 [...]

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Cash Mobs Give Small Businesses a Boost

May 18, 2012
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You may have heard about flash mobs – groups of people randomly showing up in places like shopping centers to perform spontaneous yet intricate dance routines. Now cash mobs have started another social movement that involves perfect strangers agreeing to show up at a local small business at the same time. Each person then “mobs” [...]

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Made in America gains momentum

March 16, 2012
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We’ve heard it on the news and seen it in our shops; and even at Wal-Mart, there is more talk and more products with that distinctive red, white and blue label. Not only is there a revival beginning of American-made products, it is refueling our economy. We told you so!

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The end of recession as we know it

February 29, 2012
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By many measurements, our economy is turning itself around. Was this because of a master government plan, or just the guts and hard work of Americans like you and me? I think it was the latter, and here’s why.

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The competitor within

February 10, 2012
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It used to be that business owners slept with one eye open, watching their competitors. However, over time that has changed a bit. When you look across the field of your competitors today, often you’ll find that they have already gone out of business. If you are left wondering why you are still standing, then [...]

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