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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 »

What Millennials’ Home Decorating Means to You

Millennial Home Decor

Walk into the apartment of a young adult, and you may find a cozy space with trendy and unique decor. Makeshift furniture and ratty hand-me-downs are mostly gone from young adults’ home decorating. Millennials prioritize achieving stylish homes at affordable prices. “This is ... Read More »

Making Outdoor Spaces More Sustainable

sustainable

Over the past several years, more and more sustainable products, such as LED lighting and solar elements, and practices are making their way into U.S. homes. Plus, adding sustainable living options into homes and lifestyles is becoming more affordable and mainstream. This ... Read More »

NRHA’s 2016 Social Media Study

Hardware Retailing magazine’s March 2016 issue features an article focused on retailers who have high-performing social media accounts for their businesses. The story also identifies ways retailers can grow their engagement and audience on social media platforms. The full story can be found here. The North ... Read More »