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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.

Your Guide to the National Hardware Show® and NRHA All-Industry Conference

Retailers, distributors, manufacturers and other players in the home improvement industry will have business on their minds this May as they descend on Las Vegas for the NRHA All-Industry Conference and the National Hardware Show®. The Conference, which is free …

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A Cause for Our Industry: NRHA Partners with Fuller Center for Housing

In 2011, Indianapolis retailers joined hundreds of volunteers, including staff from the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA), in the heart of one of Indianapolis’s most crime-ridden and neglected neighborhoods for a Fuller Center for Housing work blitz that would …

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Four Trends You Can Use to Boost Sales in the Plumbing Category

While many plumbing sales are triggered by general home maintenance and repair projects, that doesn’t mean retailers can’t find ways to drive additional sales in the category. With recent legislative mandates regarding water conservation, as well as water safety and …

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Lowe’s Develops Nationwide Partnership with Home Improvement Network Porch.com

Lowe’s is expanding its strategic partnership with Porch.com, an in-store resource to help homeowners find the right home improvement professionals for nearly any project outside of Lowe’s current installation services, to include every Lowe’s store in the U.S. Home improvement …

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Strong Farm, Pet, Ranch Sales Spur True Value’s First-Quarter Growth

True Value today reported revenue of $331.5 million for the quarter ending March 29, an increase of 6.0 percent or $18.9 million over the same period a year ago. Strong sales in the farm, ranch, auto and pet, seasonal, plumbing …

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Do it Best Corp. Names National Multi-Location Manager


Do it Best Corp. has named Gary Hoffmann to lead a business development team in the newly created role of National Multi-Location Sales and Business Development Manager, effective immediately. In this position, he’ll help the co-op further strengthen and support …

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Lowe’s Adds to Customer Experience Team

Lowe’s announced that Joseph M. Mabry has been named strategy and experience design executive, while Michael P. McDermott has been promoted to chief merchandising officer, replacing Michael A. Jones, who will assume the role of chief customer officer, effective April …

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Report: Retail Staff Key Factor in Customer Satisfaction with Paint Retailers

Staff drives high satisfaction with paint retailers and is the single most important factor differentiating the purchase experience among customers, according to the recent J.D. Power 2014 Paint Satisfaction StudySM—Retailer Segment. The study measures customer satisfaction with major paint retailers, …

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