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Do it Best Fall Market Focuses on LBM, Connectedness

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The 2017 Do it Best Fall Market kicked off Friday, Oct. 13 in Indianapolis with a refreshed focus on lumber and building materials and a program to help retailers be successful in the expanding smart home market. The Fort Wayne, Indiana-based co-op ... Read More »

Cottin’s Hardware Uses Scarecrows for Community Fundraiser

Cottin’s Hardware

Cottin’s Hardware & Rental in Lawrence, Kansas, starts the fall season off each year with a scarecrow building contest to raise money for local schools. Several years ago, a customer approached store owner Linda Cottin with the idea. “Our customer ... Read More »

Lowe’s, Home Depot Open Warehouses in Hurricane-Affected Houston

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Big-box home improvement retailers Lowe’s and The Home Depot each recently opened warehouses in the Houston area to help meet demand for building materials following Hurricane Harvey, reports the Houston Chronicle. According to the newspaper, Lowe’s signed a lease on a 244,000-square-foot ... Read More »

How Will Tariffs Impact the Solar Panel Industry?

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The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) announced its decision last week that U.S. solar panel manufacturers are negatively impacted by imported solar panels, specifically from Mexico and Korea. According to the report, the ITC will hold a public hearing on remedy on ... Read More »

10 Lessons to Learn About Business Consultants

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Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. When 10th Street Hardware owners Steve DeShong and Troy Usnik were making plans to open a second store in Philadelphia, a friend recommended using a business consultant to help them manage the ... Read More »

Generation Z: Reaching the Next-Gen Consumer

Generation Z

Generation Z, the generation after millennials (born between 1995 and 2012, according to Forbes) makes purchasing decisions differently from every previous generation, mostly because of how they engage with digital and social media, according to influencer marketing agency Mediakix. These consumers ... Read More »

After 10 Years, 10th Street Hardware Looks to New Beginnings

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Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. By Melanie Moul mmoul@nrha.org 10th Street and Beyond As someone who only recently became a part of the independent home improvement industry, Steve DeShong had heard a lot of stories ... Read More »

‘Dark Store’ Tax Loophole Hits Small-Town Budgets

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Property taxes are a significant portion of a retailer’s tax burden, and some big-box retailers have found a way to lessen their burden through what is called the “dark store” theory. The theory suggests that operational retail stores should be ... Read More »