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Premier Rental-Purchase Opens in North Platte, Nebraska
"I knew I would be back in the Premier system after my experience working for Premier as an employee.." - Chad Fosdick, Franchisee, Premier Rental-Purchase...more

Premier Franchisees Come Together In Key West
The Premier Companies, a leading rent to own industry franchisor, kicked off its 2014 convention at the Casa Marina resort in Key West, Florida with a "Come Together" theme....more

Premier Rental-Purchase Franchisee Expands His Business
"I am passionate about the Rent to Own industry, and with passion, anything is possible." - Mike Lewis, Franchisee, Premier Rental-Purchase...more


Maryland Premier Rental-Purchase Celebrates One Year
When a new store opens, it usually takes time to build a positive reputation and a solid customer base. That has not been the case with Cumberland’s Premier Rental-Purchase...more

Brad Warden Converts RTO SuperStore to ColorTyme
The store generated over 40 deliveries during the grand opening and has continued to increase since opening their doors...more

ColorTyme Opens Registration for 2013 National Convention
This year’s theme is "Launching the Future", which highlights ColorTyme's vision to continue to grow and prosper in the coming years, with presentations and sessions focused on the strategies and goal setting that are necessary to continue these successes...more

Registration Open for 2013 Premier National Convention
The La Quinta Resort & Club in Palm Springs, California, will be the setting for The Premier Companies 2013 National Convention, January 14th – 17th. Registration is now open for attendees...more

ColorTyme Appoints Debbie Romero as New Director of Purchasing
Romero comes to ColorTyme from Rent-A-Center, where she most recently held the position of Senior Director of Strategic Merchandising Initiatives...more

Custom Rim Pioneer Jim Moore Opens Eighth RimTyme
RimTyme announced today that franchisee group JDM Management, Inc. will open a brand new location in Columbia, S.C. on Friday, June 29...more

Forker Opens Fifth Premier Franchise
After 32 years in the Rent to Own industry working for someone else, Jim Forker has opened his 5th Premier franchise in less than 7 years...more

Premier Supports Veterans Through VetFran
"We enthusiastically offer this key incentive to our veterans and are very proud to be a part of the VetFran program." - Trooper Earle, President and CEO, The Premier Companies...more


Glogowski Opens Second New York ColorTyme
"It's no surprise that an industry veteran like Tom has seen such great success and become a multi-store owner." - ColorTyme CEO Cathy Skula...more

Jesse Hunt Opens Premier Rental-Purchase in Cheyenne, Wyoming
After a successful nine-year career as a rent-to-own store manager, Jesse Hunt knew he was ready to be an owner...more

Stine, Jackson Open Second Omaha easyhome
JSNB Enterprises, LLC, is opening their second easyhome franchise store in Omaha, Nebraska. The store will be celebrating their grand opening at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 5...more

The Premier Companies Announce Location for 2012 Dealer Retreat
The Premier Companies Dealer Retreat will be held August 17th-19th at the Crystal City Marriott in Arlington, Virginia...more

Mesquite, Texas Premier Rental-Purchase Celebrates Grand Opening
Pursuing the American Dream of owning his own business finally came to fruition for Mike Machado this month. Mike partnered with Rod Pitzer to open their own Rent-to-Own store. The two recently celebrated their grand opening of a Premier Rental-Purchase store...more

ColorTyme Hires Industry Veteran to Support Franchise Development
ColorTyme, Inc., the nation’s oldest franchisor of independently owned-and-operated rent-to-own stores, announced today that industry veteran Clyde Stutzman has joined the organization as Franchise Development Manager...more

John Miller Celebrates Four Years With The Premier Companies
After moving around the country in a variety of different rent to own positions, John Miller and his wife decided to make a small town outside of Roanoke Virginia their home thirteen years ago...more


Marketing, Finance Top Premier 2012 Franchisee Training Schedule
During their recent convention in Key West, The Premier Companies, franchisor of four Rent-to-Own brands, released their 2012 Training Seminar schedule to franchisees. The aggressive schedule includes workshops and seminars focused on key operational elements of the franchisee's business...more

Ecker, Quinn Open Snellville Premier Rental-Purchase
Coe Ecker and David Quinn have partnered up to open a Premier Rental-Purchase location in Snellville, Georgia...more

Interview With Jamie Sieverding - Premier Home Furnishings
Jamie Sieverding is a Premier Home Furnishings Franchisee in Clinton Iowa...more


Interview With Jay Muir - Premier Rental Purchase
Jay Muir is a Premier Rental Purchase Franchisee in New Hampshire...more


Interview With John Reichenbach - Premier Rental Purchase
John Reichenbach is a Premier Rental Purchase Franchisee in Maine, Tennessee and Indiana...more


Interview With Shawn Newman - Premier Rental Purchase
Shawn Newman is a Premier Rental Purchase Franchisee in Pennsylvania and Maryland...more


Interview With Doug Higgins and Tyra Johnson - Premier Rental Purchase
Doug Higgins is VP Ops for Premier Franchisee Scott Kinnear - Ohio. Tyra Johnson is Assistant Manager for Kinnear's Salem Ave store in Dayton...more


Premier Companies Kicks Off 2012 Convention; Interview With Mike Shuler
"It's a great feeling to have our franchisees together again. We are all very proud of everyone’s accomplishments and look forward to recognizing our award winners during our banquet on Wednesday." - Trooper Earle, President & CEO of The Premier Companies...more

Kinnear Celebrates Continued RTO Success in Ohio
Scott Kinnear, owner of two Premier Rental-Purchase locations in Dayton Ohio, is celebrating the third anniversary of his second store...more

easyhome Issues Final Call for Be A Contender Entries
easyhome Ltd. (TSX: EH), Canada's leading merchandise leasing company, is inviting rent-to-own professionals to apply for Be A Contender III - the "Ultimate Franchise Opportunity"...more

Online Registration Opens for PrimeTime! at the Gaylord Palms in Florida
"For four decades, Nationwide along with our vendor partners, have been committed to supporting the independent dealer with the very best programming in the industry." - Robert Weisner, CEO, Nationwide Marketing Group...more

John Birks Awarded Oregon easyhome Franchise Through Be A Contender Program
"The Be a Contender program was created to provide the best operators in America the opportunity to be in business for themselves but not by themselves." - David Ingram, easyhome's President and Chief Executive Officer...more


Mark Gow to Keynote 2012 Premier Convention
For over six years Mark has been a Director of HR for IAP World Services in Cape Canaveral, Fl. IAP is a government contractor with over $1.2B a year in revenue and over 5000 employees throughout the world...more


Covington, GA Premier Rental-Purchase Owner Celebrates 4 Years
Many grey hairs ago Matt Baker opened his Premier Rental-Purchase store in Covington, Georgia. He’s now celebrating his 4th year of being in business for himself...more

easyhome Appoints Rod Adams to Board
"The Board of easyhome is delighted to have such a distinguished colleague join us." - Donald K. Johnson, Chairman of the Board, easyhome...more

Session Topics Announced for Premier 2012 National Convention
In addition to golf, deep sea fishing and a cooking class, Premier will offer a series of educational breakout sessions for attendees...more

Nationwide Promotes Bazemore to New Vice President of Furniture
"When I first started with Nationwide in 1999, the industry had already undergone significant changes with the onslaught of imports and the independent needed a way to level the playing field with the majors." - Bill Bazemore, VP of Furniture, Nationwide Marketing Group...more

Mountain Home ColorTyme Celebrates Grand Re-Opening
"Our Mountain Home ColorTyme store is much larger now, so we can stock more inventory and give customers a better selection." - Jennifer Corrao, ColorTyme franchisee...more

Mark Shaw Opens Oahu easyhome Through Be A Contender Program
"Owning your own business is the American dream. Thanks to easyhome, I am living it and will be able to build a better future for me and my family." - Mark Shaw, easyhome franchisee...more

Teppers Open Third Virginia ColorTyme
With success from their Lynchburg and Danville locations, Jeff and Jill Tepper recently opened the doors to their latest ColorTyme store in South Boston, Va...more

Elkton ColorTyme Announces Car Show Giveaway Winner
ColorTyme of Elkton recently awarded one lucky winner with giveaway prizes from a drawing held at the Downtown Elkton Classic Car Show. Stanley Baldwin was randomly picked as the winner of a new 60-inch DLP 3D-capable TV and XBOX 360 package...more

Mark Childers Expands Alaska ColorTyme
"We have so many customers on the east side of town, so when the opportunity was presented to open a store in the area, I jumped on it." - Mark Childers, Franchisee, ColorTyme...more

Cort Hill brings ColorTyme Sales and Lease to Wilmington
After more than seven years of success as a ColorTyme franchising partner, Cort Hill recently launched his own store in Wilmington with hopes of opening more in the area...more

easyhome Kicks Off 2011 Conference With Military Theme
The easyhome National Conference was kicked off this week at Deerhurst Resort in northern Ontario. The site of last year’s G8 welcomed over 350 easyhome and easyfinancial Services store managers, regional managers and supporting vendor partners...more

RimTyme's DiLeo Hosts Three City Car Show for Charity
Supporting local charities is more than a yearly plan for RimTyme Franchisee Shawn DiLeo; it’s a promise. All three of DiLeo's RimTyme locations will host special car shows this month. Proceeds from the events will go to local charities...more

Millions Given Away at PrimeTime! in Rebates and Prizes
Nationwide Marketing Group (NMG) estimated that dealers’ savings on Cash Back Now! purchases were in the millions and the most aggressive to date at the PrimeTime! buying show and strategic member conference held last month at the Gaylord Texan in Dallas, Texas...more

Nationwide Introduces New Private Label Electronics
Last week, Nationwide Marketing Group (NMG) introduced their new private label electronics brand, Allegra at the PrimeTime! buying show and strategic member conference in the Gaylord Texan Hotel and Convention Center in Dallas, Texas...more

Aarons Regional Manager Wins easyhome Franchise
Mississauga, ON – August 30, 2011 – easyhome Ltd. (TSX: EH), Canada's largest merchandise leasing company and a growing provider of financial services, is pleased to announce Travis Campbell as one of the Be a Contender II winners...more

Premier Opens 2011 Dealer Retreat - Texas Style
The Premier Companies always begins their Dealer Retreat with a fun and exciting event. This year was no exception. Last evening, more than 50 members of the Premier Family boarded a bus for the Mesquite Rodeo...more

MacAlpine Promoted to VP Rental Division
Nationwide Marketing Group (NMG), America’s largest appliance, electronics & furniture group (parent company to RentDirect Nationwide), announced the promotion of James MacAlpine to Vice President of Rental Division & Business Development...more

ColorTyme Manager Justin Jordan Partners to Open Fort Worth Store
"I've always wanted to run a store of my own, and I feel that ColorTyme is the perfect fit for me." - Justin Jordan, ColorTyme store manager and operating partner...more

Kentucky ColorTyme Expands; Adds Products
An updated look is not all that’s new for the local ColorTyme rent-to-own store. Now located at 1315 Winchester Rd., the store occupies a larger space to provide a greater mix of products and services for Lexington residents...more

Nationwide Taps Knock and Promotes Weinberg
There is no coincidence that Nationwide represents over 60% of the independent appliance buying group dealers in America." - Dave Bilas, Executive Vice President of Appliances and Electronics...more

Houston ColorTyme hosts successful Grand Opening event
The recent Houston ColorTyme Grand Opening was more than just an afternoon of family fun and games. Saturday’s event marked a new locally-owned rent-to-own option for residents and introduced the store’s customer-focused owners and staff...more

Vendors Honored as ColorTyme kicks off Summer Meeting in Tahoe
Yesterday marked the beginning of ColorTyme’s annual Summer Meeting where the company welcomed franchisees, vendors, family and friends to Lake Tahoe, Calif. This year’s annual meeting started with a Vendor Appreciation Cocktail Reception held at the Resort at Squaw Creek...more

FAC convenes before start of ColorTyme Summer Meeting
Keeping a yearly tradition alive, the ColorTyme Franchise Advisory Council (FAC), gathered for a meeting prior to the start of ColorTyme’s 2011 Summer Meeting...more

Jury Awards $95 Million in Aaron's Sexual Harassment Case
In what may be the largest award in U.S. history involving a sexual harassment case, a District Court jury for the Southern District of Illinois has awarded $95 million in damages against Aaron Rents, Inc. (NYSE:AAN)  for claims arising out of allegations of sexual harassment that occurred at its store in Fairview Heights, Illinois...more

Sieverdings Donate TV to Family in Need
Jamie and Rick Sieverding, Premier Home Furnishings owners in Clinton Iowa recently donated a 42” LCD HDTV for a fundraiser that brought in $7,500 for a family in need! This family in need has a heart wrenching story...more

BrandSource Florida Opts to Join Nationwide Marketing Group
BrandSource Florida, a division of AVB (parent of TRIB The Rental Industry Buying Group), will be moving its membership over to Nationwide Marketing Group (NMG) and will continue operations under the new name, Nationwide Florida...more

Nationwide Partners with Leading POS Software Providers
Nationwide Marketing Group (NMG), parent company to RentDirect Nationwide, America’s largest buying and marketing organization for independent dealers, has partnered with ePass Enterprise, Tyler, STORIS and Reliable Softworks...more

Coshocton, Ohio Premier Rental Purchase Celebrates 2nd Anniversary
When Jeff Gibson and Ron Semelsberger first met during their days at RentWay, they developed a strong mutual business respect for one another. Their business respect grew into a friendship that led them into discussing the future that would eventually lead them into opening their own store one day...more

ColorTyme rent-to-own franchise debuts in Houston
"As far as franchising goes, we feel ColorTyme is the best opportunity in rent-to-own." - David Rogers, ColorTyme Franchisee, Houston, TX...more

Boys & Girls Club honors ColorTyme franchisee with Spirit Award
For more than 16 years, Gary Hughes, a distinguished ColorTyme franchisee, and his wife, Jutta, have been influential members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lewis Clark Valley...more

VP of GE Named New Executive Vice President of Nationwide Marketing Group
Nationwide Marketing Group (NMG), parent company of RentDirect Nationwide, has named David Bilas as their new Executive Vice President...more


Tampa Premier Home Furnishings Celebrates 1st Year
What motivates a successful entrepreneur? Life! Says Tampa Premier Home Furnishings franchisee Chris Mueller. Mueller has put everything he owns in the business he loves and is celebrating his first anniversary as a Premier Dealer...more

ColorTyme's Coelho Completes Second Boston Marathon
In 2010, Al Coelho didn’t know that his mission to run the Boston Marathon would soon become an annual tradition and enormous fundraising event for Children’s Hospital Boston, but that’s exactly what happened...more

Dealers Give Rave Reviews on Business and Leadership Management Conference
"We brought in the very best in the industry including a pool of experts from Nationwide." - Edward Knodle, National Director of Member Services for NMG and former Executive Director of NARDA...more

Kearney Premier Rental-Purchase Steps Up for Charity
"It’s one thing to fight cancer as an adult but for the families and children to fight cancer at such a young age, brings tears to your eyes." - Mike Shuler, Premier Rental-Purchase franchisee...more

Coelho and Bird Partner in Fall River ColorTyme
"As we grow, I’m looking forward to opening more stores with Al and others in our organization who are passionate about the business and want the opportunity to grow." - Ray Bird, ColorTyme Franchisee...more

easyhome Announces Promotions of Key Executives
easyhome the promotion of two key executives - Charley Hamill to Senior Vice President of easyhome Leasing Operations and Jason Mullins to Senior Vice President of easyfinancial Services Operations...more

easyhome Reports Improved 2010 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results
"All of easyhome's business units are showing year-over-year improvements." - David Ingram, President and Chief Executive Officer, easyhome...more

The Premier Companies Holds First Marketing Workshop
Thirty-five franchisees, vendors and guests gathered in Atlanta for The Premier Companies first Marketing Workshop March 22-24, 2011. The workshop began with a vendor sponsored “Meet and Greet” Tuesday evening...more

Vinson, Edwards Hold Second Grand Opening for Montgomery ColorTyme
"Derrick and his staff show important values in the store everyday. Their reliability, hard work and passion for helping people truly create a winning business." - Bob Bloom, President and CEO of ColorTyme...more

Rent-to-own brand distinguished as a top franchising opportunity
ColorTyme, the nation’s oldest rent-to-own franchisor, was chosen again this year as a “best of the best” business opportunity in the 2011 AllBusiness AllStar ranking...more

Premier Auto By Rent Opens in Rolla, Missouri
Robert Aufner is opening his first Premier Auto By Rent location this weekend in Rolla, Missouri! Robert worked in the Premier Auto Outlet location in Springfield, Missouri for more than five years as Finance Director...more

Providence franchisee, Pawtucket youth join for cause
"Christina will never walk out of her wheelchair, but in April, her spirit will push me across the finish line to once again raise money for Children's Hospital Boston." - Al Coelho, Franchisee, ColorTyme...more

Nationwide Marketing Group Introduces New Bellagio at Home by Serta Mattress Collection
Winston-Salem, NC (February 20, 2011) – Today, Nationwide Marketing Group, parent company of RentDirect Nationwide, announced their brand new mattress collection, Bellagio at Home by Serta...more

ColorTyme CEO Earns Franchise Certification
Bob Bloom, president and CEO of national rent-to-own franchisor ColorTyme, was recognized today as a Certified Franchise Executive by the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives...more

Nationwide Predicts 4000 Attendees at PrimeTime!
"It is safe to say that we will have over 4,000 people at the show in Las Vegas. In the 40 years we have been in business, this is the largest turnout we have ever experienced." - Robert Weisner, CEO of Nationwide Marketing Group...more

FAC convenes upon close of ColorTyme National Convention
"We consult with the FAC on a wide range of topics and appreciate their incredibly valuable input." - Albert Kohut, Vice President of Operations, ColorTyme...more

Final Call for Entries to easyhome Be A Contender II Franchise Opportunity
"North America is wide open and if you have the will, and proven performance, you should put your name in the hat." - David Ingram, President & CEO easyhome Ltd....more

ColorTyme identified best of the best at 2011 National Convention
"Through their work in the stores and commitment to the community, it's clear they truly enjoy being a part of the ColorTyme, and we enjoy having them as a part of our franchise family." - Bob Bloom, ColorTyme president and CEO...more

Vendors make ColorTyme Buying Show a success
"We offer special pricing and rebates to franchisees as our way to show how much we value our relationship with them." - Kent Clark, rental specialist for Ashley Furniture...more

ColorTyme welcomes record turnout to 2011 National Convention
"It is time to grow our business, increase revenues and find ways to differentiate ourselves from the competition." - Bob Bloom, President and CEO, ColorTyme...more

Premier Wraps Up Best-Ever Annual Convention
"We know how to plan a celebration. And we have much to celebrate..." - John Darden, Franchisee Liaison, The Premier Companies...more

2011 Premier Convention Photo Gallery
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Strong Line Up for The Premier Companies Annual Convention in Phoenix
A total of sixteen workshops will be offered in six sessions...more


easyhome Announces the Be A Contender II Franchise Opportunity
easyhome Ltd. (TSX:EH), Canada's leading merchandise leasing company, is announcing the official contest close date of the Ultimate Franchise Opportunity "Be A Contender II". The "Be A Contender" program provides individuals the opportunity to win an initial franchise finance package of up to $750,000. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own and operate an easyhome franchise.

Nalley Truck Among Sponsors for The Premier Companies 2011 Convention
"Michelle's reputation for excellence and her commitment to supporting the needs of small business owners as they get their start and grow in the RTO industry are reflected in Nalley's mission." - John Darden, Franchise/Vendor Liaison, The Premier Companies...more

Sharon Hill ColorTyme Announces Giveaway Winner
"Saying ‘thank you’ is more powerful when it’s presented through action." - Angelo Lee, Store Manager, ColorTyme...more

Premier Auto By Rent Wraps Year with New Franchises
"Our concept continues to gain market share in the sub-prime auto market, verifying to auto customers the benefits of the Rent to Own vs. Buy Here Pay Here." - Wayne Lewis, President of Premier Auto by Rent...more

RentDirect Announces New Marketing Program
RentDirect Nationwide, a division of Nationwide Marketing Group (NMG) and the rent-to-own industry’s largest buying and marketing organization, announced its partnership with Banner Marketing...more

The Premier Companies Report Record Vendor Support for 2011 Convention
The Premier Companies announced today that a record number of Vendor Sponsors will be participating in the 2011 Premier National Convention January 17th -19th at The Wild Horse Pass Resort in Chandler, Arizona. See sponsorship list...more

ColorTyme Franchisee to take another run for Children’s Hospital
"We are proud to show our faith in Children’s Hospital Boston and give gratitude for the life-changing care they provide." - Ray Bird, ColorTyme Franchisee...more

easyhome Concludes Fraud Investigation
The total cost of the Audit Committee's investigation is expected to amount to approximately $2.3 million...more


Independents Get Connected to the New Marketplace in Vegas
Those who register for PrimeTime! by January 24, 2011 will be entered into a drawing for a free 3 night hotel stay...more

easyhome Opens Third Arizona Location
 easyphoenix, LLC, has opened their third easyhome franchise store in Arizona in Phoenix. The store had their grand opening on December 4 at 7502 West Thomas Road in the Desert Sky Palms Shopping Center...more

RTO Pro Software Adds SMS Texting
"Store owners and managers tell us, more rental customers respond and reply to text messages which are less intrusive than phone calls." - Ron Ganus, RTO Pro Software President...more

Edwards, Vinson Open Montgomery ColorTyme
"We are proud to give this city a better rent-to-own business and show customers how a hometown store operates." - Eddie Edwards, ColorTyme franchisee...more

Interest High in Premier Franchise January Convention
"We're running significantly ahead of last year with registration and the number of vendors attending and supporting the organization." - Trooper Earle,, Premier President/CEO...more

Meister-Hughes Open Second ColorTyme
With success from their Temecula location, Franchisees Tim and Cindy Meister and Gary Hughes recently opened the doors to their second ColorTyme store in Hemet, Calif...more

Gates Opens Second Oklahoma City easyhome

"I’m thrilled to see the easyhome brand opening another store in Oklahoma City and I look forward to bringing our unique service offering to the customers as we have successfully done to date in all of our markets." - David Ingram, President and CEO of easyhome Ltd...more


Mark Feldbauer Opens New York easyhome Franchise
Mark and his team held a highly attended event achieving one of the company's most successful opening days in the 250+ stores throughout North America...more

Premier Names Tom Gould Dealer Operations Liaison
Tom Gould has been named Dealer Operations Liaison for Premier Wheel Workz, a position created to more fully support Premier's automotive franchisees...more

RTO Pro Announces Early Release of Server Version
RTO Pro Software, the Rent-To-Own Industry's leading Windows-based management system serving over 1050 RTO locations, announced the ahead-of-schedule release of its  Central Server version...more


Zach Routh and Steve Dami Open Second North Carolina ColorTyme
"We want to give the people of Winston-Salem a better, friendlier alternative to the bigger chains." - Zach Routh, ColorTyme franchisee...more

RentDirect Expands Website Solutions for Rental Dealers
"Our organization represents dealers who own one store to regional chains. This means they all have very different needs when it comes to running their businesses." - Frank Sandtner, Director of Member Services Operations for NMG...more

Rent-to-own Franchise Shows Charitable Spirit
It was the first time the local rent-to-own franchise celebrated Halloween, but it certainly will not be the last. The ColorTyme of Corsicana, Texas recently drew a crowd inside and outside of the store with family-friendly festivities...more

Furniture Smart Levels the Playing Field for Independents
Furniture Smart, a division of Nationwide Marketing Group, the largest buying and marketing organization serving thousands of independent dealers across the country, had a successful exhibit at the High Point Market in High Point, NC last week...more

$3.4 Million Employee Fraud Uncovered by easyhome
An internal investigation indicates that the manager of an easyfinancial kiosk fraudulently withdrew Company funds by processing fictitious loan applications. Subsequent fictitious loans were later processed to maintain the required payments on the original fraudulent loans, exponentially increasing the size of the total fraudulent loan balance. Additionally, the Company's standard policies for oversight and internal audit were not adhered to for this location...more


Oklahoma Rental Dealers Wrap 2010 Convention With Legislative Update
A presentation was given by Jim Newport from the lobbying firm of Kelley, Newport, and Associates, regarding the legislative activities of the state. He reminded the ORDA members that the state rental purchase transaction is governed by the Oklahoma Consumer Credit Commission...more


Oklahoma Rent-to-Own Dealers Kickoff 2010 Convention
Randy Braucher, President of the Oklahoma Rental Dealers Association (ORDA), will be kicking off the association’s annual meeting today in Tulsa...more

Rhode Island ColorTyme Praised for Reaching Out to Hispanic Community
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, ColorTyme Franchisee Ray Bird recently took to the airwaves to show his appreciation to the Hispanic community. Bird's radio announcement combined with further efforts to give back earned ColorTyme the title of "Business of the Week" by the Hispanic publication Providence en Español...more

TARA Wraps 2010 Convention - Photo gallery
Dealers were updated on federal and state legislation with a historical review of the industry's legislative challenges over the past two decades and the upcoming elections in the state as well as the Texas' budget deficit situation...more

Texas Association Kicks Off 2010 Convention in Dallas
The Texas Association of Rental Agencies (TARA) Convention is in full swing in Dallas today...more

Rent2Buy Real Estate Updated With 2,310,380 Homes, the world's eMarketplace for renting or leasing nearly anything with the option to buy, has updated Rent2Buy Real Estate with more than 2,310,380 homes...more

easyhome Enters Fort Smith Market
Bud Gates, Chairman and CEO of easygates, LLC announced easyhome opening its doors in Fort Smith, AR. The store's grand opening was October 2nd at 5609 Rogers Avenue...more

Rent2Buy Announces Virtual Auto Mall
 Planned for a January 2011 rollout, consumers in the market to purchase a used rental car can visit one online location and view inventory for sale from a variety of rental car companies in their area...more

Gates Opens Second Arizona easyhome
"The owners in easyphoenix have history in the rent-to-own business and bring sound business knowledge to the easyhome brand." - Bud Gates, Chairman and CEO of easygates, LLC...more

Premier Plans 2011 Convention in Arizona
The Premier Companies' 2011 convention will be held January 17-19 at The Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa in Chandler Arizona, just outside of Phoenix...more

RimTyme Franchisee David Deignan Opens Third Store
Franchisee David Deignan recently opened another RimTyme in Georgia; this time it's in the city of Columbus. The new store makes Deignan's third custom-wheels-and-tires franchise with other locations in Macon and Warner Robins...more

Former Rent Way Regional Mgr Named easyhome Be a Contender Winner
Jerry started his RTO career with RentWay in 2000 as a store manager and worked his way up the corporate ladder to a Regional Manager of RentWay. Jerry continued his career from 2007-2009 as a Regional Manager of Aaron’s Sales and Lease for a franchisee...more


Premier Offers Full Slate of Dealer Programs for Fall 2010
The Premier Companies' September line-up of franchisee support programs has been full, having kicked off with a two-day Financial Summit in Williamsburg last week...more


Harry Pappas III and Scott McHale team to open ColorTyme franchise
The new ColorTyme franchisees expect to make a positive impression on Sharon Hill residents and build long-lasting relationships...more

easyhome 2010 National Conference Wraps - 2011 Site Announced
Day 2 of easyhome's 2010 National Conference in Niagara Falls, kicked off with several timely and relevant Breakout Power Sessions encompassing focused training on topics such as Employee Retention, establishing meaningful initial customer relationships and sales optimization, and the annual Vendor show...more

easyhome Kicks Off 2010 Convention in Niagara Falls
easyhome store managers and Corporate staff gathered at Canada's leading Casino Resort that sits on the ledge of Niagara Falls Canada, this year for their 2010 Annual Conference...more

Nationwide Marketing Group Adds $200 Million in Volume
Nationwide Marketing Group (NMG) announced that recent growth in membership has increased their total sales volume by over $200 million...more

easyhome Names Matthew Holman Second Be a Contender Winner
Matthew has enjoyed a fulfilling career of more than 10 years in the rent-to-own industry and has had an astonishing track record during his tenure. Matthew has held multiple positions from his entry into the business as a Renewal Retention Specialist to Regional Manager with two of the most successful corporate and franchise operations of Aarons in the country...more


Premier Franchisee Cooksey Finds Fulfillment in Being Entrepreneur
Calvin Cooksey recently celebrated his second anniversary as a Premier Rental-Purchase dealer in Sarasota, Fla. Cooksey has enjoyed success as part of the Premier network of support and has brought new ideas, especially in marketing, as a business owner to the Premier family...more

ColorTyme franchisee contributes to FAPA raffle
Bringing together adoptive families, caregivers and members from across the panhandle, the Foster Adoptive Parent Association recently concluded its annual conference in Destin, Fla. ColorTyme Franchisee Richard Pannell showed his support for the organization by donating a laptop computer for the event’s raffle giveaway...more

Nationwide Marketing Group Launches New Electronics Recycling Program
Last week at the PrimeTime! buying show and conference in National Harbor, Nationwide Marketing Group introduced their new partnership with CExchange that will allow dealers to offer electronics trade-in and recycling to their customers...more

Aaron's GM Shane Birch Named easyhome Be a Contender Winner
Shane started his career with Rent-A-Center in early 1999 as an account manager and quickly moved up the corporate ladder to store manager. In early 2004 he started with Aarons as a store manager and worked until selected as a contender winner earlier this year...more

ColorTyme Fanchisee Ray Bird expands rent-to-own territory with new location
After a seven-year absence, Woonsocket has a ColorTyme to serve the community thanks to Ray Bird. A rent-to-own franchisee for 20 years, Bird recently opened the doors to his new store...more

Gopoyan and Mariano partner to open Massachusetts rent-to-own franchise
"We always keep our customers in mind, and they receive unique attention here that they won't find other places." - Angelo Mariano, ColorTyme Franchisee...more

Rent-to-own wheels and tires brand advances with certified staff
Five RimTyme employees from across the country recently passed the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Z5 Custom Wheel and Tire certification exam...more

Premier Auto By Rent Named in Top 50 Dealers Nationwide
Auto Dealer Monthly, who ranks independent dealers annually for retail sales volume, recently named Premier Auto By Rent (PABR) as 31st of their top 50 dealers in the nation...more

PrimeTime! by Nationwide a Training Ground for Successful Businesses
NMG, parent organization of RentDirect, the rent-to-own industry's largest buying group, reported today that nearly 2,800 manufacturers and dealers from across the country representing over 800 companies are expected to attend the event...more

Long-time executives return ColorTyme to Dallas
"It just makes sense to open a store where we can support a community that has given us so much." - Pat Gartland, ColorTyme Franchisee, Dallas...more

easyhome Opens First Arizona Franchise
"We are excited to bring the easyhome brand to our 8th state." - David Ingram, President and CEO of easyhome Ltd....more

easyhome Reports All Time Record Revenue Earnings Increase
Revenue for the quarter increased 4.6% to $45.5 million compared with $43.5 million in the second quarter 2009. Same store revenue growth was 2.8% in the quarter...more

NationWide Buying Group Web Services Boosts Independents Online Presence
Today NMG introduced their brand new website offered through, the world's largest retail web solution provider...more

ColorTyme Partners with Citibank to Provide Financing for Rent-to-Own Franchisees
"Our partnership with Citibank has enabled us to put a program together whereby our franchisees can open new stores now and in the future." - ColorTyme CEO and President Bob Bloom...more

07-27-10 Strikes an Affiliate Partnership with, an innovative online marketplace providing consumers rent-to-own options on an eclectic mix of products and brands, announced a partnership today with

easyhome Sets Q2 Conference Call
easyhome Ltd. (TSX:EH), Canada's largest merchandise leasing company, will hold its management conference call with shareholders, analysts and portfolio managers on Friday, August 6, 2010...more

Aaron's Rebrands Furniture Manufacturing
Aaron's (NYSE:AAN) has changed the name of its 11 furniture and bedding manufacturing plants from MacTavish Furniture Industries to Woodhaven Furniture...more

ColorTyme supports youth through FFA and 4-H auction
ColorTyme, a rent-to-own franchising company, recently purchased a prized pig at the Henderson County Livestock Show. More than a charitable donation to the show's youth exhibitors, the purchase marks a corporate tradition maintained for over two decades...more

TeleTrack Ratified as Full Member of SCOR
CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX), a leading provider of information, analytics and business services, today announced that Teletrack UK Limited, a subsidiary of CoreLogic, Inc., has been ratified as a full-member of the Steering Committee on Reciprocity (SCOR)...more

ColorTyme, RimTyme Welcome New Marketing Coordinator
Rent-to-own franchisors ColorTyme and RimTyme have announced the hiring of Ben Gilbert as marketing coordinator. In his new role at the Plano, Texas headquarters, Gilbert will be the daily contact for vendors and franchise owners and manage the production of ColorTyme marketing tools, promotions and programs...more

Twin Star Combination Units Prove Big Sellers in the RTO Industry
Entertainment is popular year-round in the rent to own industry, and for Twin-Star International, providing rent-to-own dealers with quality entertainment components from their versatile product lines is a foundational aspect of their business...more

DAC Plant Consolidation to Enhance Efficiencies
DAC Products, a designer and producer of wood, sewn and various other products has announced a consolidation and considerable new investments into their Rural Hall facility...more

RentDirect Nationwide Partners with Support Squad
RentDirect Nationwide, the rent-to-own division of Nationwide Marketing Group, announced today that Support Squad is now a supported vendor for their more than 350 rent-to-own member dealers across the country...more

ColorTyme Summer Meeting wrap-up all fun and games
To mark the end of the ColorTyme annual Summer Meeting, employees, franchisees and vendors joined for a Closing Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa...more

Independent Dealers Expect Deals and Savings Opportunities at PrimeTime!
For nearly 40 years, Nationwide Marketing Group (NMG) has been holding PrimeTime! by Nationwide, North America's largest buying show and conference for appliance, furniture and electronics independent dealers...more

ColorTyme Tradition Continues With Willie Talley Golf Tournament

UPDATE 6-20-2010: The 2010 Retreat wrapped Saturday night with the Dinner Finale. See 113 pics from the finale here....more

ColorTyme Rent-to-own franchisees and vendors gather to learn, share, connect
Our meeting wouldn't be possible without the support of our vendors. They have gone above and beyond our expectations and we appreciate having them on board" - Rhonda Davis, Director of Purchasing, ColorTyme...more

ColorTyme Kicks Off 2010 Retreat
ColorTyme kicked off its annual Summer Retreat Wednesday with a vendor appreciation cocktail reception at the Hyatt Regency in Bonita Springs, Fl. See photo gallery here...more

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easyhome Opens 32nd U.S. Location; Adds Viral Marketing Director
easygates announced the hiring of Ryan Gates as Director of Viral Marketing to expand their ever-growing social media efforts...more

VersiRent: Rent to Own Store Operating Software
Created for use on off-the-shelf PCs running the familiar Windows® operating system, VersiRent runs on inexpensive, non-proprietary hardware (computers, printers, etc.) that you can purchase anywhere...more

Payday Loan Operator Cash Store Financial To List On New York Stock Exchange
"The Cash Store joins our fast-growing roster of leading U.S. and global financial services firms, and we look forward to helping the company expand its global reach and visibility." - Scott Cutler, EVP and Co-Head of U.S. Listing and Cash Execution, NYSE Euronext...more

easyhome Opens 31st U.S. Location
Bud Gates, Chairman and CEO of easygates, LLC announced the opening of a new easyhome franchise store. This will be the fourth store in Texas and will open on June 5 at 1030 Norwood Park Boulevard in the Walmart Super Center in North Austin, TX...more

Rent-A-Center Plans Ribbon Cutting for 44th Colorado Store
Rent-A-Center, Inc. (NASDAQ:RCII) is celebrating the grand opening of its 44th Colorado location. Castle Rock store manager Bobby Weber transferred from a Rent-A-Center in Denver...more

Aaron's to Drive Donations for Troops at Coca-Cola 600
"Teaming up with the Armed Forces Foundation allows us an opportunity to give back to those who have given so much to our country." - Ken Butler, COO of Aaron's, Inc...more

The Premier Companies Appoints Nancy Price Director of Marketing
The Premier Companies CEO/president, Trooper Earle, today announced Nancy Price as the new Director of Marketing for all the Premier brands. Price replaces Jocelyn Swanson, who is refocusing her attention to Premier's public relations...more

05-27-10 Launches Interactive Rent-to-Own Marketplace announced the beta launch of its "rent-to-buy" interactive store marketplace. Utilizing its proprietary backend technology, Rent2Buy enables retailers a hassle free means of creating additional revenue streams through the rent-to-own business model...more

Premier Preps for Rent-to-Own Franchising Open House
The Premier Companies has begun the countdown to its Franchising Open House in Chicago to be held on June 8 at the Westin O'Hare. For those interested in making a career change by opening their own rent-to-own business...more

Survey: 76 Percent Believe Renting a Better Option
Flexibility is a key factor in the value equation for rent-to-own customers. In fact, having options - being in control - represents value to renters of all types of products and services...more

Registration Open For PrimeTime! Buying Show
Nationwide Marketing Group announced today that online registration is now open for their upcoming PrimeTime! buying show and conference at the new Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center located in National Harbor, Maryland on August 15 – August 18, 2010...more

Aarons Partners With WNBA
The Atlanta Dream and Aaron's (NYSE:AAN) have announced a partnership for the 2010 season which will extend the team's reach in the community by providing tickets to metro Atlanta youth to attend Atlanta Dream games...more

ColorTyme Manager a Top Fundraiser for Children's Hospital Boston
"The donations I received are truly inspirational not only for me but for the thousands of lives that will be saved by Children's Hospital Boston." - Albert Coelho, Providence ColorTyme store manager...more

U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Applauds Rent-A-Center for Bilingual Outreach
The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) applauded Rent-A-Center (NASDAQ:RCII), the nation's leading rent-to-own company, for encouraging all their customers to participate in the 2010 Census...more

Association Opposes Industry Killing Payday Loan Amendment
"Hagan's amendment will wipe out as many as 155,000 jobs while rewarding Wall Street's bad behavior." - D. Lynn DeVault, board chair of CFSA...more

Home Express Opens in Radcliff, Kentucky
"Our company foundation is based on giving customers access to the products they want for their home, regardless of credit. Now we combine lease-to-own options with affordable retail goods." - Chris Caprio, President and CEO of KHF Holdings LLC...more

easyhome Reports Record Revenue for Q1
"We are pleased with the performance of the business as it provided a record quarter for revenues and with the continuing improvement of all the business segments." - David Ingram President and Chief Executive Officer of easyhome...more

Two Millionth Egg Sold for Big Brothers Big Sisters in Rent-A-Center Spring Egg Fundraiser
"We appreciate Rent-A-Center's continued commitment to our cause, both at a corporate and grass-roots level." - Karen J. Mathis, president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters...more

Rent-A-Center Donates $17,000 to Soldier and Family Assistance Center
The Soldier and Family Assistance Center provides support to wounded, ill and injured soldiers and their family members...more

Rent-A-Center Heard by U.S. Supreme Court: Transcript
The United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in Rent-A-Center (NASDAQ:RCII) v. Jackson...more

Premier to Host Annual Franchising Open House in Chicago, June 8
The Premier Companies is holding its Annual Franchising Open House in conjunction with its Midyear Dealer Retreat in Chicago on June 8...more

Senator Landrieu Comments on Rent-A-Center Random Act of Caring
"Strong private-public partnerships remain a key to South Louisiana's recovery from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and the Rent-A-Center Random Act of Caring program is an excellent example of the private sector chipping in to build more vibrant communities. - Senator Mary Landrieu...more

Former ColorTyme Manager Brings Franchise to Phoenix
Once a ColorTyme manager, Daryck Fuqua recently became a franchisee with the opening of his new store in Phoenix, Ariz. Offering the convenience and affordability of rent-to-own, the new 4,800 square-foot store marks Fuqua's success at achieving a long-term goal...more

Rent-A-Center Takes Random Acts of Caring to Las Vegas
With help from the Rent-A-Center (NASDAQ:RCII) Random Act of Caring initiative, Neighborhood Housing Services of Southern Nevada (NHS) will be able to better serve local families and individuals served by their affordable housing initiatives...more

National Buying Group Has a Long Tradition in Energy Conservation
As a four year ENERGY STAR award winner, Nationwide Marketing Group is no stranger to the importance of energy conservation in the rent-to-own industry...more

Aaron's to Present New Sam Bass Designed Trophies in Talladega
Aaron's, Inc. will present one-of-a-kind, hand-painted Sam Bass trophies to the winners of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Aaron's 499 and Nationwide Series Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway April 24 and 25. The new trophy designs will be fixtures in the Winner's Circle each year Aaron's sponsors the two race events...more

Voters Oppose Creation of Consumer Financial Protection Agency
"The CFPA would have authority to regulate a significant swath of the business community including nonfinancial businesses that had nothing to do with the economic crisis and little to do with consumer finance." - U.S. Chamber of Commerce...more

Chris Mueller Opens Premier Franchise in Tampa
Mueller has been in the industry since he became a driver for Action TV Rentals in 1980 at the age of 18. Earning a reputation as "someone you can bank on," Mueller was one of the first Aaron's Sales & Leasing franchisees in 1993 when, after 13 years of industry experience, he opened several stores in the Southeast...more

easyhome Schedules Q1 Conference Call
easyhome Ltd. (TSX:EH), Canada's largest rent-to-own operator, will hold its quarterly management conference call on Tuesday, April 28, 2010...more

Editorial by Aaron's COO Ken Butler: Don't Underestimate Your Employees
"Given the chance, a mission of goodwill has taken the hearts of thousands of people in our Company, and we are all better for it." - Ken Butler, COO, Aaron's Inc...more

Seasoned Operator Celebrates First Year Success as Premier Franchisee
Everyone who walks into John Martin's Premier Rental Purchase franchise in Valdosta, Georgia, is immediately greeted with a smile and hello...more

ColorTyme and RimTyme franchise owner wins Multi-Unit MVP
LAS VEGAS, NEV. – April 8, 2010 – Multi-Unit Franchisee Magazine recently awarded Most Valuable Player status to Gary Hughes, franchisee of 20 years and owner of 12 total ColorTyme and RimTyme stores...more

BrightHouse Kicks Off $1.5 Million Ad Campaign
BrightHouse, the UK's leading rent to own operator, announced the launch of its new TV campaign...more

Bassett to Launch New Entry-Level Upholstery Line
The new low-end line includes 10 new frames, 20 mix and match pillows and represents a 20% reduction in Bassett's current opening price point...more

Rent-A-Center Q1 Results Conference Call Set for April 26
Rent-A-Center will broadcast its quarterly earnings conference call on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 10:45 AM ET over the Internet...more

easyhome Announces New Board Nominees
"We thank Ron Gage, Doug Anderson, Joe Rotunda and Nancie Lataille for their many years of service and counsel as easyhome was transformed into the market leader." - Donald K. Johnson, Chairman of the Board of easyhome Ltd...more

Premier Again Named One of Fastest Growing Young Franchisors in America
The Premier Companies was recently ranked Number 10 on the 2009 Fast 55 list of fastest growing young franchisors in America, published by Franchise Times from data compiled by FRANdata. This is Premier’s second year to be one of the Top Ten on the list. Premier is the only company from its industry ever to make the list...more

ColorTyme's Al Coelho turns daughter's memory into motivation
"When I think about our experience and other families that will be in the same situation, I am more than moved to do anything I can to give my support." - Al Coelho, manager of the Providence ColorTyme...more

Aaron's Plans Community Outreach During National Convention
Aaron's is once again transforming its national managers meeting into a Company-wide community outreach effort. More than 2,000 Aaron's employees will be in Dallas for the event and over two days will dedicate $300,000 and 5,600 hours in products and services to DFW-area charitable organizations...more

Rent-A-Center Donates to Atlanta Children's Cancer Center
Rent-A-Center is donating $20,000 in video game equipment and televisions to the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta...more

Aaron's, Inc. Declares 3-for-2 Stock Split
"The larger number of shares that will be outstanding as a result of this stock split should increase the trading volume in our stock to the benefit of shareholders." - Robert C. Loudermilk, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer...more

Audio Authority Named Nationwide Vendor Partner
Audio Authority Corporation, a manufacturer of retail demonstration products, has been selected by Nationwide Marketing Group as a new vendor partner...more

Rent-A-Center Opens 40th Arkansas Store
Rent-A-Center (NASDAQ:RCII) announced the opening of it 40th Arkansas location...more

Rent-A-Center to Donate to 10 U.S. Army Garrisons
Rent-A-Center announced plans to donate merchandise, with a wholesale value of $175,000, to 10 Army garrisons. Coordinated through the military's Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command, the donations are slated for April through November of this year...more

UK RTO Company Buy As You View Launches New Site
"The website will not only be our ambassador for existing customers but for thousands of potentially new customers across our regions as well." - Emma Thomas, marketing manager for Buy As You View...more

DSI Systems Adds WildBlue, Pioneer, and Panasonic to EXPO Events
In addition to DSI participants, WildBlue's breakout sessions will be hosted by key members of WildBlue's management team...more

Wisconsin Democrat Cosponsors Rent to Own Legislation
Wisconsin Democrat Rep Ron Kind announced his co-sponsorship of H.R. 1744 - The Consumer Rental Purchase Agreement Act. H.R. 1744 defines a Rent to Own transaction as a lease and sets minimum disclosure requirements in all 50 states. Wisconsin is one of only 3 states that still regulate Rent to Own transactions as credit sales...more

RTO Pro Adds DataTrue Interface
RTO Pro, the leading provider of windows-based rental-purchase software with over 900 locations, announced the release of a new interface to DataTrue's customer verification service...more

ACE Cash Express Makes $500K Donation to Breast Cancer Foundation
"Through their hard work and the enthusiastic participation of their customers, ACE Cash Express and NetSpend have raised nearly $1 million in the last three years and demonstrated their compassionate caring by providing mammograms for women in need." - Janelle Hail, founder and CEO of National Breast Cancer Foundation...more


Premier Wheel Workz Expands Custom Wheel Repair
"You bend 'em, we mend 'em" is the new saying at Premier Wheel Workz stores where customers can buy or lease wheels and tires, but they also can come in to repair their bent rims. Premier Wheel Workz is a division of The Premier Companies...more

Nationwide Acknowledges Vendor Support
"We could not have done it without the support we have received from our vendor community." - Robert Weisner, Executive Vice President of Nationwide Marketing Group...more

Former Rent Way CEO Morgenstern to Head Third World Micro Lender
Morgenstern was CEO of Rent Way, the second largest rent to own company in the U.S. at the time, when company president Jeffrey Conway, controller Matthew Marini and vice president Jeffrey Underwood conspired to cook the books - inflating Rent Way's earnings in 1998, 1999 and 2000...more

ColorTyme Announces $30K Giveaway Winners
I think the Giveaway really encouraged our customers and showed how much we value their business." - Donald Salais, Vice President of South Texas Region, TLH Enterprises...more

Payday Loan Association Hammers Wall St
The payday loan industry trade group Community Financial Services Association of America (CFSA), today lashed out at large Wall Street financial institutions for promoting their own interests "over those of hard-working, middle income consumers."...more

Rent-A-Center and Aaron's Headed to Court
In a civil suit filed today in United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Rent-A-Center (NASDAQ:RCII) accused Aaron's (NYSE:AAN) of unfair competition and false advertising...more

Funny or Die; Aaron's Seeks Identity of Video Blogger
On February 23rd, lawyers for Aaron's (NYSE:AAN) filed a request for a subpoena to force comedy website to identify the poster of an Aaron's parody video that the company claims infringes its copyright. See Funny or Die court documents...more

Monster Cable Founder to Keynote DSI Electronics Expo
DSI Systems, Inc., the leading supplier of consumer electronics to the rent-to-own sector, today announced the dates and locations for the 2010 DSI Electronic Expos...more

Sears Holdings Attends Unbanked Financial Service Roundtable
The Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI) kicks off the first 2010 Innovators Roundtable today in Chicago...more

Bedding Industry Award Winners Announced
Raymond (Ray) Malkiewicz, of Wickline Bedding Co., and Sanford (Sandy) Van Dyke, President of Interwoven Group, were honored for exemplary service Tuesday at the ISPA EXPO 2010 Industry Breakfast meeting in Charlotte, NC...more

easyhome Closes Out Difficult Year
After several years of significant growth, the Company had to respond to a negative economic environment and ensure that its operational focus and practices were appropriate...more

DSI Systems Reduces Rebate Headaches for Independent Dealers
DSI Systems, the leading supplier of consumer electronics to the rent-to-own sector, understands the challenges to a dealer's cash flow and profitability created by the complicated manufacturer consumer instant rebate programs that more and more manufacturers are utilizing to drive sales...more

Winter 2010 Las Vegas Furniture Market Attendance Stats
The Winter Las Vegas Market attracted more retail buying units than the last three consecutive Markets...more

Hispanic Consumers an Untapped Opportunity
Although most US businesses recognize the growing influence of Hispanic consumers, over one-half (51%) of those surveyed don't market to Latino consumers in Spanish, and 82% have no plans to begin or increase existing efforts aimed at Hispanics in the next 12 months...more

UK RTO BrightHouse Approaching 200 Locations
LONDON - BrightHouse, the UK's leading rent to own chain, opened its 194th location this weekend in Gaolgate Place, Stafford. The 3,400 sq ft store employs seven and hosted a family fun day Saturday to welcome the first customers and their families to the new store...more

FTC Wants Energy Use Disclosure on TVs
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) supports the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) proposal to require EnergyGuide labels on televisions sold in the U.S...more

Rent-A-Center to Exceed $2 Million in Big Brothers Big Sisters Fundraiser
From March 5 to April 3 Rent-A-Center employees are "egging" their customers on to buy $1 colorful paper eggs to help kids, families and communities where they do business...more

EPA Recognizes Nationwide Marketing Group
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Nationwide Marketing Group (NMG), with a 2010 Excellence in Appliance Retailing Award for its outstanding contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by marketing and promoting energy efficient products...more

ColorTyme Manager Finds Innovative Way to Motivate Staff
With the recent economic turndown leaving employee satisfaction at a record low, finding a cost-effective way to motivate the workforce can be a challenge. Fortunately, Jim Aldridge, manager of ColorTyme in Gaffney, S.C., discovered a creative approach to recognizing top performers that has sparked much interest and conversation...more

Video Interview With Keith Smith, Director of Business Development for Rent-A-Center
RTO Online broadcast a live video interview with Keith Smith, director of business development, Rent-A-Center (NASDAQ:RCII), from the PrimeTime! tradeshow floor in Las Vegas, Nevada...more

Video Interview With David Goldman, Founder of Ideal Software Systems
RTO Online broadcast a live video interview with David Goldman, founder and president of Ideal Software Systems, from the PrimeTime! tradeshow floor in Las Vegas, Nevada...more

Video Interview With Doug Robison, President of DSI Systems
RTO Online broadcast a live video interview with Doug Robison, president of DSI Systems Inc., from the PrimeTime! tradeshow floor in Las Vegas, Nevada...more

Video Interview With Wayne Harris, US Furniture
RTO Online broadcast a live video interview with Wayne Harris, representing US Furniture, from the PrimeTime! tradeshow floor in Las Vegas, Nevada...more

Video Interview With Boo Christensen, Express Home Furnishings
RTO Online broadcast a live video interview with Boo Christensen, owner of Express Home Furnishings in Brenham, Texas...more

Video Interview With James MacAlpine
RTO Online broadcast a live video interview with James MacAlpine, executive director of RentDirect Nationwide, from the PrimeTime! tradeshow floor in Las Vegas, Nevada...more

ColorTyme Named AllStar Franchise for 2010
ColorTyme, the nation's oldest rent-to-own franchisor, was chosen from more than 800 companies as a top business opportunity in the 2010 AllBusiness Allstar Franchises ranking...more

Dollar Financial Opens 300th UK Location
Payday lender Dollar Financial Corp today announced the opening of its 300th "Money Shop" location in the United Kingdom...more

Rent-to-Own Buying Group Sees Evidence of Strong 2010
After a tough 2009, there is talk among independent rent-to-own and retail dealers that a corner has been turned. "Purchasing patterns indicate a solid first and second quarter," James MacAlpine, executive director of RentDirect Nationwide told RTO Online Sunday...more

Twinstar Adds Media Consoles to Rent-to-Own Lineup
Adding a new twist with a new product line, Twin-Star now offers the Tresanti line of wine coolers, until recently not something typically found in a Rent-to-Own showroom...more

Mississippi Republican Cosponsors Rent-to-Own Legislation
Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) today announced his co-sponsorship of S. 738 - the Senate version of the Consumer Rental Purchase Agreement Act - increasing the Senate cosponsor count to 16...more

Association: Politicians Fiddle With Health Care as Small Business Burns
"Despite its lofty goals, the summit today was more about gaining political points than it was about actually getting something done." - Todd McCracken, President, NSBA...more

easyhome Schedules March Webcast
easyhome Ltd. (TSX:EH), Canada's largest rent-to-own company, will hold its management conference call with shareholders on Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 11am EST. The results will be issued by after the market closes on Tuesday, March 9, 2010...more

Teletrack Partners With eBureau on Specialty Credit Platform
"Our data combined with eBureau's technology will facilitate the development of an unrivaled set of risk models to meet the unique needs of the consumer finance businesses we serve." - Dale Williams, President, Teletrack...more

Federal Stimulus No Help for Small Business Owners
Seventy percent of owners say that federal stimulus efforts have had no impact on their businesses, while 17 percent say it has actually hurt their businesses. Only 10 percent reported being helped by federal efforts...more

VIZIO Overtakes Samsung, Sony to Become US LCD Leader
"As an American Company we are proud U.S. consumers are choosing VIZIO over our foreign competitors." - Laynie Newsome, Co-Founder and VP Sales & Marketing Communications, VIZIO...more

Video: Rent-A-Center Adds Hulk Hogan as Spokesman
"Hulk Hogan has stayed relevant because people like and respect what he stands for. That's the affiliation we are leveraging for our current customers and target prospects." - Ann Davids, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Rent-A-Center...more

Whirlpool Honored as Innovator
Whirlpool maintained its innovation investment during the economic downturn, extracting $3.8 billion in revenue from its innovation efforts in 2009...more



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