Blog Category: Primecoat


Prime Coat—May, 2018

By Hans Mugler,

What Happens in Vegas WOWs in Vegas Well, another information-packed edition of the National Hardware Show and Lancaster Distributing show is in the books. We saw all sorts of great new products whose makers are looking to vie for space on your store shelves. While it’s true that some of the new products we saw  … Read more

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Prime Coat – April 2018

By Hans Mugler,

Shades and Shoes (and a Marketing Budget) Every year that we attend the National Hardware Show and the Lancaster Distributor Show, we arrive giddy at the prospect of all the new products and companies awaiting the throngs of people walking the Show. It reminds me a bit of my youth when my sisters and I  … Read more

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Prime Coat—March, 2018

By Hans Mugler,

Everyone Has Their Own Fish to Fry NCAA’s Basketball Tournament, March Madness, is just that—maddening. Every year, die hard hoops fans flock to their TVs, tablets, laptops, and PCs to watch the games that truly matter. If you have a team in the dance, obviously you are pulling for them. If you don’t have a  … Read more

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Prime Coat—February, 2018

By Hans Mugler,

When The Bucket Runs Dry Running a small business can be hard, very hard, but don’t think running a big business is any easier; take Kentucky Fried Chicken for instance. You may have heard that KFC has been hit with a chicken shortage. I’m not kidding—you can’t make this stuff up. Many of KFC’s British  … Read more

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Prime Coat—January, 2018

By Hans Mugler,

Couldn’t Do It Without YOU With 2017 safely in the books and the calendar flipped over to 2018, it’s easy to look towards the future of this industry with excitement. Many companies in the paint & sundries segment have had stellar years, while some have struggled a bit. Acquisitions have not slowed as more and  … Read more

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Prime Coat—November, 2017

By Jerry Rabushka,

Confidentially Confident If you’re doing a double take—yes this photo of me is from 2007, but more than that we’re giving Hans some much needed time off. Thanks to all of you who extended condolences on the loss of his mother. I’ve been thinking of this next topic for awhile, and if you fear I’m  … Read more

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Prime Coat—October, 2017

By Hans Mugler,

In Memorium — Heidi Mugler The month of October has always been one of my favorite months. The leaves are still changing, and…sports! The St. Louis Cardinals are usually playing post season baseball (wait ’til next year!), my St. Louis Blues still have a chance at Lord Stanley’s Cup, and college and pro football are  … Read more

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Prime Coat—September, 2017

By Hans Mugler,

When The Winds of Change are 175 mph Fall is here. Leaves are changing colors and falling, BBQ grills are working overtime, football season is rolling along. For most paint stores around the country, the changing seasons mean that outdoor paint work that was impossible when the temps were sizzling is now being attacked with  … Read more

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Prime Coat—August, 2017

By Hans Mugler,

The Robots Are Coming! The Robots Are Coming! Well, this was inevitable. Mankind is obsessed with creating new, easier, faster ways for man (and woman) to do all sorts of things, but now a legion of robotics companies have zeroed in on typical retail stores as a place where they say they can make your  … Read more

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Prime Coat—July, 2017

By Hans Mugler,

EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING!!! That is the message/alert I have been waking up to on my phone here in St. Louis for the last few weeks. Welcome to the hot summer months! As hot as Phoenix? Nope, planes are still taking off and landing in STL. Hot enough to fry an egg on concrete? Yup, but  … Read more

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