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Participate in the 2018 Cost of Doing Business Study

2018 Cost of Doing Business study

The deadline to participate in the North American Retail Hardware Association’s (NRHA) 2018 Cost of Doing Business Study is June 30. Is your average transaction size normal? Do you spend more or less on advertising than other independent home improvement businesses? ... Read More »

Amazon Begins Selling Live Plants

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As spring arrives and home and business owners across the country venture outside to consider their landscaping options, e-commerce giant Amazon is adding a new product category: live plants. In late February, the company introduced the Amazon Plants Store, Fortune ... Read More »

Hit the Road With Renee: Small Businesses Make Memories in Minnesota

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Two years ago, I joined up with Independent We Stand on their annual road trip, vising independent businesses along Route 66, from Oklahoma City to the Santa Monica Pier. I tagged along as a representative of the North American Retail ... Read More »

Orgill, Inc. Announces Passing of Former President, Chairman

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Orgill, Inc. has announced the passing of its former president and chairman, Joseph “Joe” Orgill III. He died on March 12 after a brief illness. Though he had not been active in Orgill’s day-to-day management for a number of years, ... Read More »

Home Depot to Pay $27M in Hazardous Waste Disposal Fines

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The Home Depot will pay $27 million to settle claims that it improperly disposed of hazardous waste, including aerosol cans, batteries, electronics, paint and other items in California, The New York Times reports. The California attorney general says inspections of ... Read More »

Independent Retailers Find High-End Housewares in Chicago

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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

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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

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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 »