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Independent Retailers Find High-End Housewares in Chicago


Products designed to steam, saute, clean, store and simply impress were on display during the 2018 International Home + Housewares Show (IHHS). Held at the McCormick Place convention center in Chicago, the show featured aisle after aisle of innovative products ... Read More »

Walmart Launches Online Home Shopping Experience


Walmart will launch a new online home shopping experience in the coming weeks that connects customers to products based on their unique style, Arkansas Business reports. This new consumer experience is part of Walmart’s broader strategy to “redesign its website ... Read More »

House-Hasson Names New VPs of Retail Development, Marketing


House-Hasson Hardware, America’s largest independent regional hardware distributor, has named John Sullivan as vice president of retail development and Taylor Hasson as the company’s vice president of marketing. “House-Hasson has been in business for 111 years because our people care ... Read More »

Big Boxes Aim to Close Skilled Labor Gap

skilled labor gap

Both Lowe’s and The Home Depot are investing in programs to bridge the skilled labor gap found in the U.S. workforce. Lowe’s recently launched its “Track to the Trades” program, which aims to develop specialized skills among its existing employee ... Read More »

Hit the Road With Renee: Embarking on a New Journey

great american river road trip

My bags are packed and I’m ready to begin a journey Mark Twain embarked upon many years ago. I’ll be traveling along the Mississippi River from Minneapolis all the way to New Orleans. Although my steamboat is a rental car, ... Read More »

Amazon Invests in Smart Home Companies, Buys Ring for $1B

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In an attempt to dig deeper into the growing smart home market, Amazon has been digging into its pockets to invest in and acquire several companies. This week, home device manufacturer Ecobee received $62 million through series C funding from ... Read More »

International Hardware Fair Unites Global Industry

international hardware fair

The 2018 EISENWARENMESSE International Hardware Fair welcomed retailers, manufacturers and experts from around the world to Cologne, Germany, to see what’s next for the home improvement industry. Spanning four days, the International Hardware Fair attracted more than 47,000 attendees to ... Read More »

Sherwin-Williams’ Partnership With Lowe’s Gets Exclusive


Sherwin-Williams and Lowe’s have announced a new and exclusive collaboration. Lowe’s is becoming “the only nationwide home center to offer top-selling stain brands” from Sherwin-Williams, including Minwax, Cabot and Thompson’s WaterSeal, according to Lowe’s. The big-box chain is also going to be ... Read More »