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Retailer Honored With Spirit of Independents Award

Spirit of Independents Award

When Samantha Post of T&M Hardware took the stage to accept an award Dec. 6, she wasn’t just representing her family’s business. She was asking a crowd of retailers to look beyond their own operations to support small business in ... Read More »

NRHA Conference Highlights Opportunities for Growth

State of Independents Conference

The North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) hosted its annual State of Independents Conference on Dec. 6 in Chicago, showcasing successful stories of growth from independent operators within the home improvement industry. The event was an opportunity for independent retailers, ... Read More »

Emphasize the Priorities of Remodelers

remodelers

Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. By Kate Klein, kklein@nrha.org Attracting or keeping pro remodelers’ business requires focusing on what matters most to them. Many of the home remodelers who participated in a contractor study from the Home Improvement ... Read More »

Revenue, Store Sales Up for Ace Hardware

Ace Hardware

Ace Hardware Corp. reported revenue and same-store sales growth for the third quarter of 2018. The co-op’s quarterly revenues were $1.43 billion, an uptick of 6.3 percent from third-quarter 2017. The growth was the result of adding new stores, increasing retail ... Read More »

Federal Changes to Housing Affordability

housing

Homeownership benefits home improvement retailers for clear reasons, including the fact that homeowners maintain and upgrade their houses with products retailers sell. Buying, though, is more difficult than it used to be, due to high prices and a limited number ... Read More »

Q&A: A Perspective on Home Sales, Remodeling and Construction

housing

Paul Bishop is the vice president of research for the National Association of Realtors® and leads the research division’s survey and market research activities, which include analyzing real estate business and policy issues. He took questions from Hardware Retailing magazine about the ... Read More »

Physical Stores Beat Amazon for Power Tool Sales

Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. By Kate Klein, kklein@nrha.org Brick-and-mortar retailers in the U.S. still garner the majority of consumer spending on power tools, despite the ever-expanding online retail marketplace.  Recent TraQline survey data from research firm ... Read More »

Download a Free Holiday Marketing Toolkit

holiday marketing

The busy holiday shopping season is a great time to remind your customers that shopping local makes a positive difference in your community. The North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) and Independent We Stand offer a free marketing toolkit for you to ... Read More »