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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.

Builder Confidence Remains Unchanged in September

After four consecutive months of increasing confidence, builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes held unchanged in September with a reading of 58 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). “While builder …

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Create an Effective Loyalty Program

How do you create an effective customer loyalty program? Below are five ideas from “The Power of Loyalty,” by author Roger L. Brooks. 1. Offer soft benefits that provide value, such as special access limited only to members. 2. Offer …

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Blish-Mize Unveils New Advertising Program at Fall Market 2013

Blish Fall Market 2013 - feature

Last week at its biannual buying market, Atchison-Kan.-based distributor Blish-Mize rolled out enhancements to its advertising program and communicated the importance of maintaining visibility with consumers across media platforms. The distributor’s new program allows retailers to publish their circulars on …

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Crimping Tool

The Compact Ratcheting Modular Crimper delivers fast, reliable connector terminations for voice and data applications. With a direct lateral crimp action and a heavy-duty ratchet, the Compact Ratcheting Modular Crimper ensures an even, precise and complete termination on every cycle …

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Ice Melter

IceAway Turbo™ ice melter for commercial deicing professionals is a cost-effective and high-performance. It is safer than conventional ice melters on cured concrete when used as directed. Formulated with a blend of magnesium chloride, calcium chloride, and sodium chloride, IceAway Turbo …

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Foam Kit

The Foam Kit 15FR Disposable Polyurethane Foam System is a portable, self-contained dispensing system for two component polyurethane spray foam. It provides increased structural strength, as well as fire retardant sound and thermal insulation in a convenient package. It also features …

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Retail Sales Growth Little Changed in August

Retail sales increased in the month of August but came in at a much slower pace than anticipated. August retail sales (excluding automobiles, gas stations and restaurants) increased 0.1 percent seasonally adjusted from last month, according to the National Retail …

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Ace Talks Growth at Fall Convention

Ace Talks Growth at Fall Market - Feature

Retailers and vendors gathered Tuesday at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando for Ace’s Fall Convention and Exhibits. From the co-op’s executives at the general session on Tuesday morning to the retailers shopping the show floor, the message was …

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