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How Does Your Business Compare to a High-Profit Store?

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The differences between a high-profit home improvement store and a typical operation can be significant, according to facts from the North American Retail Hardware Association’s (NRHA) 2016 Cost of Doing Business Study. A high-profit home improvement store nets 9.2 percent profit ... Read More »

Lowe’s Lays Off About 125 Tech Employees

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Lowe’s has laid off approximately 125 of its corporate technology employees and will move many of their positions to Bangalore, India, according to The Charlotte Observer. These layoffs are the latest of many staff cuts for Lowe’s, which has eliminated about ... Read More »

Small Business Owners Optimistic About Business Health

Small business owners across the U.S. have an optimistic outlook concerning their operations’ health, when considering plans to hire, their revenue expectations and plans to invest back into the business, according to a new report. The findings come from MetLife ... Read More »

Target Testing Next-Day Delivery for Essentials

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Target will be testing a next-day delivery service for a limited number of customers in its headquarters city of Minneapolis this summer, the company reports. The service, called Target Restock, will be open to customers in Minneapolis that currently have Target’s ... Read More »

Learn from NRHA All-Industry Conference Speakers

What can you do to help your employees succeed? How can you capitalize off the trends in the home improvement industry? What can you do to set your business apart from your competitors? Two retail experts, Dr. Kit Yarrow, a ... Read More »

Quirks of Doing Business in San Francisco

In the June issue of Hardware Retailing, we published a feature story highlighting the challenges and opportunities associated with running a home improvement business in an urban environment. In the story, we profiled a retailer from New York and gave ... Read More »

Email Metrics You Should Be Measuring

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One way to ensure you’re using email to its full potential as a marketing tool is to regularly check analytics provided by your email marketing provider, which may be a service like Mailchimp or Constant Contact. While each email platform ... Read More »

Lowe’s Tests Robotic Suits on Virginia Store Employees

A handful of employees at a Lowe’s store in Virginia have traded in their uniforms for something designed to help lighten the load—exoskeletons. The home improvement company and Virginia Tech joined forces to develop what they dubbed an “exosuit—a wearable robotic ... Read More »