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Lowe’s Officially Ends Iris Smart Home Products Line

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Lowe’s is officially pulling the plug on Iris, its line of smart home products and security systems, tech news website CNET reports. Lowe’s sent an email to Iris users informing them their devices will no longer work as of March ... Read More »

Reimagine Retail Winner Matt Woods Explores Tech Opportunities

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Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. By Todd Taber, ttaber@nrha.org Virtual Vision Matt Woods, president and CEO of family business Woods Hardware, says his favorite part of being an independent retailer is being able to decide what’s best for ... Read More »

Target Among Latest Retailers to Accept Apple Pay

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Target and many other national retailers from an array of industries are now accepting Apple Pay at their locations, Apple announced in a press release. Apple Pay is an electronic method of payment that enables users to store credit card ... Read More »

Lowe’s Plans to Hire More Than 65,000 Workers in 2019

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Lowe’s has announced plans to hire more than 65,000 employees in 2019. In a press release, the company says the new hiring initiative will enable it to “improve customer service and product availability.” More than 50,000 of these hires will ... Read More »

As Retail Wages Rise, Companies Seek Higher Efficiency With Tech

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As retailers struggle to fill jobs, a new report from the Associated Press suggests some retailers are raising wages and hoping for more efficient employees. The report says retail workers have seen some of the economy’s best wage gains in ... Read More »

Technology Brings More Options to the Housewares Department

Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. By Chad Husted, chusted@nrha.org A New Cook in the Kitchen Gadgets are a fundamental piece of the hardware industry. Adults can get the same sense of wonderment as children with a new toy ... Read More »

Retail Analyst Emphasizes Omnichannel Focus

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In retail, there is a growing demand for businesses to reach shoppers both online and through brick-and-mortar stores. Modern shoppers expect an omnichannel approach, says Joe Derochowski, executive director and home industry analyst for The NPD Group, a company that ... Read More »

Learn from a Customer: How to Increase Contractors Sales

Greg Sammet, a certified water specialist at Martin Water Conditioning with 15-plus locations in Pennsylvania and New York, knows a bit about how a retailer can earn his business. He’s been working with independent retailers like PaulB Hardware for years ... Read More »