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Author Archives: Renee Changnon

Florida Stores Feature Outdoor Adventures, Unique Products

Florida

When visiting independent home improvement stores, consumers know they can find the core categories they need. However, different areas of the country are bound to bring unique niches and product offerings you wouldn’t expect to find anywhere else. Earlier this ... Read More »

What the Wayfair Decision Means for Independent Businesses

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In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that online purchases could be subject to the same state and local taxes as purchases made at brick-and-mortar stores. The court’s decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair overturned a prior ruling that prevented states ... Read More »

A Closer Look at Updates to Internet Sales Tax Laws

internet sales tax laws

Independent brick-and-mortar retailers may finally have a more level playing field with their online competitors thanks to a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on internet sales tax laws, says Bill Brunelle, co-founder of Independent We Stand, an organization that promotes ... Read More »

Amazon May Open Up to 3,000 Brick-and-Mortar Locations

Amazon

Amazon may be expanding Amazon Go, the company’s brick-and-mortar convenience store concept, to as many as 3,000 new locations by 2021, according to Bloomberg. The aggressive and costly expansion would threaten chains like 7-Eleven, quick-service sandwich shops like Subway and Panera Bread, ... Read More »

10 Reasons I Love Local Businesses

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Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. You most likely strive to spend your hard-earned money at other independent businesses. You understand that shopping locally supports your family, your employees and your community. While shopping local seems like a ... Read More »

10 Things Hardware Retailers Can Learn From Dollar Stores

dollar store

The retail industry is facing challenges, with large chain stores declaring bankruptcy or shopping malls shrinking. Amid all these changes and shifting consumer preferences, one type of retail outlet continues to grow and thrive—dollar store chains. Although independent hardware and ... Read More »

Historical Tour Takes Locals Back in Time at Morris Hardware

Morris Hardware

Main Street businesses in McConnelsville, Ohio, recently invited the community to celebrate local history and culture through an event called McConnelsville Open Doors. One of the many attractions available during the Sept. 15 community celebration was a guided tour of ... Read More »

Hardware Distribution Warehouses Fall Market Attendance Up 30 Percent

Hardware Distribution Warehouses

Hardware Distribution Warehouses (HDW) recent Fall Market, held at the Shreveport Convention Center in Shreveport, Louisiana, saw increased attendance of 30 percent compared to their previous market. CEO and president Kenneth R. Beauvais says registration and attendance were the second ... Read More »