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Amanda Bell

Amanda Bell was an assistant editor of Hardware Retailing and NRHA. Amanda regularly visited with home improvement retailers across the country and attended industry events and seminars. She earned a degree in magazine journalism from Ball State University and has received honors for her work for Hardware Retailing from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.

Lowe’s Unveils New Product Locator

Shoppers at all Lowe’s locations can now use the Product Locator capability to search for products and instantly see the items’ locations on a detailed store map using Lowe’s iOS and Android mobile apps or Lowe’s mobile-optimized website. All in-stock …

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Detachable Driver

The HookDriver™ is a two-in-one tool that is hand and drill ready. It comes with a detachable T-shaped grip handle that can be used with any ¼-inch hex bit. The detachable metal driver can be used in both corded and cordless …

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Smoke Alarm

The Atom Smoke Alarm offers maximum protection with a photoelectric sensor to detect slow smoldering fires. The micro design of the Atom Smoke Alarm also adds an element of style to safety; it is a fraction of the size of …

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Try These Promotions this Holiday Season

Despite a chill in the air, independent home improvement retailers across the country are thinking up creative ways to heat up sales and traffic. Read the following promotions to get some ideas for your store: Join the Local Movement. You …

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Retail Sales Strong Over Thanksgiving Weekend

An estimated 141 million unique shoppers shopped during Thanksgiving weekend, up from 139 million over the same time frame last year, according to the National Retail Federation. For those who shopped multiple times over the weekend, the survey estimated more …

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Right on Target: Two Retailers Share Their Success Stories in the Sporting Goods Niche

Whether it be for a leisurely day of fishing or the thrill of camping and hunting wild game, these days, more and more consumers are headed outdoors to enjoy the elements. Even with the economic recession causing many sectors to …

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Builder Confidence Holds Steady in November

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes was unchanged in November according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. For the sixth consecutive month, more builders have viewed market conditions as good than …

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Pending Home Sales Decline in October

Pending home sales were down in October, a decline the National Association of Realtors® attributed to the government shutdown. The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, slipped 0.6 percent to 102.9 in October from 102.7 in …

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