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Jesse Carleton

Jesse Carleton
Jesse Carleton has visited independent hardware retailers, conducted original research on the industry and written extensively about the business of hardware retailing. Jesse has written for more than a dozen of NRHA’s contract publishing titles, all related to the hardware retailing industry. He also was instrumental in developing the Basic Training in Hardware Retailing courses now used by thousands of retailers across the country.

Lawn and Garden Trends on Display at IGC Chicago

Lawn and garden retailers making plans for spring 2017 had plenty to see at the Independent Garden Centers (IGC) Show Chicago, held August 16-18 at Navy Pier Festival Hall. Vendors specializing in lawn and garden products were on hand to …

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Promotions Driving More Back to School Sales

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While it seems summer only just began, the start of school is less than a month away for many children. According to the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) latest Back-to-School Spending Survey, conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, it’s not too …

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Being Ready When Disaster Strikes

Home improvement stores are often one of the first places people go to prepare for and recover from a natural disaster. Retailers who want to provide a service to their customers should make careful note to stock up on emergency …

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Retail Inventory Shrinkage Up in 2015

According to the 2016 National Retail Security Survey (NRSS), conducted by the National Retail Federation and the University of Florida, retailers’ inventory shrink averaged 1.38 percent of retail sales, or $45.2 billion in 2015, up by $1.2 billion from 2014. …

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Retailers Seek Opportunities at United Hardware Market

United Hardware

Retailers hit the floor of the 2016 United Hardware June Buying Market, held June 17-19 at the Minneapolis Convention Center, looking for promotional items, new categories and a strong start to the second half of the year. “With the arrival …

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Ways to Boost Lumber Sales This Spring

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New home sales have reached a post-recession high, according to newly released data from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. The data says sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 16.6 percent …

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2016 Young Retailer of the Year: Kyle Martinez

kyle martinez

Over $2 Million in Sales Interstate Building Materials, Many, Louisiana Owner Kyle Martinez had a dream to own a lumber and building materials retail operation, and when the time was right, that hope became a reality practically overnight. Since he was 10 …

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Five Ways to Do More with Your Community Donations

If you’re like most independent home improvement retailers, you consider yourself to be much more than a mere purveyor of goods and services. Your store is the place where the community gathers; you share your resources to help those around …

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