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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.

Central Network Retail Group Unveils New Store Format

Central Network Retail Group, LLC (CNRG) opened a new format store, Town & Country Farm & Hardware, in Natchez, Miss., on Wednesday. “This new format is something I’ve thought about for a long time,” CNRG Chairman Jimmy R. Smith said. …

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Website Update Gives Retailers a Place to Sell Used Store Equipment, Fixtures

Ace’s Hardware Stores for Sale website initiative launched a new phase that will facilitate the buying and selling of used store equipment and fixtures for all convenience hardware retailers, no matter their affiliation. Called Marketplace, the site now allows retailers …

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A Plan for Philanthropy

By Mandy Seiders, Manager, Cypress Ace Hardware and Feed Credit cards readers are down; cashier is late; and what’s that little Post-it note on your door say? Just that your lead sales associate quit without notice. As retailers, we’ve all …

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The Amazon Effect

This presentation looks at what makes Amazon so successful, how consumers’ attitudes about shopping online for home improvement products have changed and the effect these changing habits have on the home improvement industry. To view the full presentation, click here.

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Your Guide to Unique Niches

To watch the full video, click here. Whether it’s groceries and skin care or bridal gifts and sporting goods, more home improvement retailers are diversifying their assortments through non-traditional home improvement niches. This highly visual webcast will explore unique categories …

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Log on to More Sales

To watch the full video, click here. The staff at Aubuchon Hardware were innovators in ecommerce back in 1999 when they first offered products to customers. Listen as Will Aubuchon, vice president of sales shares his views on where ecommerce …

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The Next Level of Housewares

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To watch the full video, click here. Woodstock Do it Best Hardware store owner dedicates nearly 800 square feet of floor space to the housewares category, including Diane’s Kitchen, a cookware shop on the store’s second floor.

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Taking Control of Accounts Receivable

By T.J. Comstock, owner of Northwest Hardware, LLC Recently I was talking to a fellow hardware retailer and we got into a discussion about accounts receivable (A/R) levels in our stores. I mentioned what my levels were and he seemed …

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