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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.

Home Depot Drives Focus on E-Commerce

For decades, Home Depot excelled at the traditional retail model of growing by adding new locations. But the home improvement chain is making a hard turn toward the Internet in the face of changing shopper habits and fast diminishing returns …

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Lowe’s Agrees to Settlement to Minimize Lead Dust

According to a Reuters story, Lowe’s has agreed to pay a $500,000 penalty for violating rules governing lead paint exposure, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice said. The company also agreed to implement a new compliance …

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Warmer Weather Pushes Retail Sales Up in March

March retail sales, which exclude automobiles, gas stations and restaurants, increased 0.8 percent adjusted month-to-month, according to the National Retail Federation. It was also a positive month for the home improvement sector: building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers …

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Builder Confidence Holds Steady in April

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose one point to 47 in April from a downwardly revised March reading of 46 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). “Job growth is …

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National Retail Federation Testifies on Importance of Protecting Consumer Data

The National Retail Federation recently told a congressional panel that the retail industry is committed to safeguarding and protecting consumer data and information from highly motivated and sophisticated cybercriminals and hackers. “Retailers make significant investments every year in order to protect [consumer] …

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Roller Gauge System

Wooster Roller Gauges make applying floor and roof protective coatings much easier. By attaching these specially designed, polypropylene endcaps to a 3/16-inch nap roller, professionals are able to directly control the mil thickness of the coating being applied. Wooster Roller …

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Do it Best Corp. Names New Regional Sales and Business Development Manager for Central and Southern U.S.


Do it Best Corp. recently hired Eric Knox as Regional Sales and Business Development Manager. In this position, Knox will lead a team of territory managers for a 10-state region covering parts of the central, southern and southwestern United States, …

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Four Items to Heat Up Sales in Your Cooling Category

The hot, humid days mean your customers will be looking for ways to stay cool. Here are four products that can boost sales in your cooling category this season. Air circulators Unlike the traditional tabletop fan that moves air in …

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