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2016 Market Measure

2016 Market Measure

To download a PDF of the complete 2016 Market Measure, please complete the form at the bottom of the page. The Ups and Downs of a Positive Year To simply state that 2016 has been a good year for home improvement ... Read More »

Let Customers Know Your Business Is a Better Investment

Local Advantages

Your customers likely understand that shopping at locally owned stores benefits the community, but why not use hard numbers to drive the point home? You have access to data specific to the independent home improvement industry, courtesy of the Home ... Read More »

Three Power Tool Trends You Should Know

power tools

To view a PDF of this story, click here. To see more photos from Acme Tools, click here. By Jesse Carleton, jcarleton@nrha.org Tool Tech Did you ever think you’d sell a cordless table saw? What about a power drill with an app ... Read More »

China International Hardware Show Adds Enhancements

CIHS 2016

This month, more than 50,000 people will gather in Shanghai, China, to attend the China International Hardware Show (CIHS) 2016. Now in its 16th year, enhancements to the show will provide a more convenient experience for both exhibitors and visitors. CIHS 2016 will take place Oct. ... Read More »

Lowe’s and Amazon Partner on Smart Home Technology

smart home

Retail competitors Lowe’s and Amazon are joining forces to make their technology work together in smart homes. The incompatibility of different brands of devices has hindered the smart home market, but Amazon and Lowe’s are integrating their products so their brands can work together in ... Read More »

Niches in the Lawn and Garden Department

DIY Pond

More homeowners are taking an interest in adding water elements, like ponds, both inside and outside their homes. In the August issue of Hardware Retailing, we cover unique products and services you can add to the lawn and garden department. To read ... Read More »

First Quarter 2016 Economic Indicators

Consumer confidence was relatively strong in 2015, but it took a downward turn toward the end of last year that has carried into 2016. This resulted in a decrease of more than 5 percent in the consumer confidence index in ... Read More »

Looking to Expand Your Business?

Many independent home improvement retailers are looking to expand their businesses by adding store locations, which bring new customers, new product mixes and new opportunities. Recent data gathered by the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) shows that more than a quarter of independent retailers plan ... Read More »