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Consider Your Small Business Insurance Options

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Health insurance is a major concern for every business owner. As the year winds down, business owners will be reviewing their expenses and considering how insurance affects their bottom line. Hardware Retailing checked in with Bob Chiesa, president and CEO ... Read More »

Sears Files for Bankruptcy Protection, Plans to Close 142 Stores

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Sears Holdings Corp. has filed for bankruptcy protection and plans to close another 142 stores. Edward Lampert will also vacate his position as the company’s CEO immediately, reports the Chicago Tribune. Three executives will fulfill Lampert’s duties as CEO, according ... Read More »

2018 Holiday Sales Projected to Rise More Than 4 Percent

2018 holiday sales

Many retailers will see an increase in holiday shopping this year, according to a new report from the National Retail Federation (NRF). The organization projects holiday spending to increase between 4.3 and 4.8 percent in November and December. That figure ... Read More »

Walmart Launches Virtual Reality Training Programs

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Walmart will deploy 17,000 Oculus Go virtual reality headsets to train more than one million employees across the country, the company reports. The company is launching the virtual reality training this month and will send four headsets to each Walmart ... Read More »

Amazon Invests in Prefabricated Homes

prefabricated homes

Amazon recently invested in Plant Prefab, a California-based company that utilizes sustainable construction methods and materials “to build prefabricated custom single- and multifamily houses,” according to an article from CNBC. The investment was made through Amazon’s Alexa Fund, which “provides ... Read More »

Retail Leaders to Focus on Business Growth at 2018 NRHA State of Independents Conference

What are you doing to grow your business? The 2018 NRHA State of Independents Conference is all about growth. The North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) is presenting the one-day event, which is slated for Dec. 6 in Chicago, to give attendees ... Read More »

2018 Cost of Doing Business Study Now Available

If you’re looking for a tool to compare your operation’s performance to typical and high-profit home improvement businesses, the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) has what you need. The 2018 Cost of Doing Business Study is now available and ... Read More »

10 Steps to Keep Your Operation Safe

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Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. In an instant, an accident or unexpected event can injure employees and customers. Mike Marr, technical resource consultant from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, has more than 30 years of experience ... Read More »