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You Tell Us!!

Posted on: August 3rd, 2017 by Claire Young

  We want to hear from you! As a team, we are always looking for new ways to improve and innovate. Which is why we want to hear YOUR thoughts, our valued readers, related to our VGM Retail Blog. We work for you – with every blog post, we work hard to provide you with […]

Cattle, Teenagers and #Caretailing?

Posted on: July 19th, 2017 by Maria Markusen

  Learning from the Unexpected It turns out, teenagers, like elevators and airplanes can tell us much about the human condition too.  Last week I lost my cool, big time, for the first time, in a long time.  Jim and I spent five days with five 17-year-old boys plus a 12-year-old tween.  One morning we […]

Connection in the Heartland

Posted on: June 23rd, 2017 by Maria Markusen

  Elevator Encounters You can learn a lot about human nature and the human connection riding in elevators. Early in my career, I worked on the 50th floor of the IDS Tower in downtown Minneapolis. Each morning I’d ride in a packed elevator. I never timed the ride however, it seemed like an eternity every […]


Posted on: June 7th, 2017 by Staci Langel

We’re just a few short days before members start arriving for the annual VGM Heartland Conference, and all of our preparations over the last few months are beginning to come together! Here’s what we’ve been working on: Retail Roadshow Have you attended one of our Roadshow sessions yet? Now’s your chance! This year’s Roadshows are […]

Meet the Retailer: Claire Young

Posted on: May 31st, 2017 by Claire Young

          Good afternoon, Readers! My name is Claire Young. Most of you I have not had the opportunity to meet and that is because I am the newest addition to VGM Retail! I am very excited to be the new marketing intern here at VGM and to have a chance to […]

Meet the Retailer: Rob Baumhover

Posted on: May 26th, 2017 by Rob Baumhover

  Hello Friends! For those of you that I have not met, I’m Rob Baumhover, Director VGM Retail and Vendor Programs. I have been with VGM for 7 wonderful years. I’m originally from Dubuque, IA which is located on the eastern part of the state bordered by the mighty Mississippi River. I currently reside in […]

Meet the Retailer: Maria Markusen

Posted on: May 25th, 2017 by Maria Markusen

Hey #caretailers.  It definitely does not seem like four full years since I came to VGM.  Getting to know our members, our vendors and my co-workers is one of the great gifts of my personal and professional life.  With that said, we are counting the days until we see you all at Heartland. For those […]

Meet the Retailer: Staci Langel

Posted on: May 22nd, 2017 by Staci Langel

Hello Caretailers! For those of you I haven’t met, I’m Staci Langel, Marketing Coordinator of VGM Retail. I’m originally from a tiny town (less than 500 people) in Iowa called New Vienna, five miles away from the famous Field of Dreams. I currently reside in Cedar Falls, IA and work in the VGM main office […]

We’re Amping It Up!

Posted on: May 17th, 2017 by Staci Langel

  There’s so much happening in the HME Retail industry right now and we can’t hold it in anymore! We have to share it! So we’re going to be amping up our blog, Twitter and social media communication! The goal of our blog and social media communication is a three-fold: 1. To keep you up-to-date […]

Top 5 Retail Articles of 2016

Posted on: January 6th, 2017 by Rob Baumhover

#5. Unique Caregiving Challenges – And The Technology to Overcome Them! As our population continues to age and more and more seniors want to stay in their own homes, the challenges faced by caregivers continue to change and multiply. However, what’s more important is that caregiving technology is continually evolving, and with the right products, […]