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Kate Klein

Kate Klein
Kate is an assistant editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. She reports on news and industry events. She graduated from Cedarville University in her home state of Ohio, where she earned a bachelor's degree in English and minored in creative writing. She loves being an aunt, teaching writing to kids, running, reading long books, farm living and, as Walt Whitman says, traveling the open road, “healthy, free, the world before me.”

Where the Smart Home Market Is Growing

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The U.S. smart home market is growing quickly. In fact, the Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) projects that the market will more than triple in size from 2018 to 2022. Five years ago, safety and security devices were the biggest …

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Headlining Stories From the September Issue of Hardware Retailing

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The September issue of Hardware Retailing magazine shares highlights from three industry news stories. Click the headlines below to view the full version of each article. True Value CEO Discusses Benefits of Strategic Investment Ace Hardware Names Benjamin Moore Its Preferred …

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Who Is Buying Homes for Multiple Generations?

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Members of generation X are now the most likely group to buy a home to house multiple generations of their families. According to recent research from the National Association of Realtors, about 17 percent of gen Xers (born between 1965 …

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Friendship Strengthens 2 Retail Operations

Building a Brotherhood On a recent FaceTime call, Raffaelo Cianfaglione gave his friend Brian Kabat glimpses of his store in Norridge, Illinois. “He’s my hardware brother,” Cianfaglione says with a grin. Cianfaglione and Kabat are both independent home improvement retailers, …

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Photo Gallery: Norridge Ace Hardware in Illinois

Raffaelo and Jackie Cianfaglione have owned and operated Norridge Ace Hardware in Norridge, Illinois, since 2016. As a child, Raffaelo used to shop at the store with his father. He now enjoys serving the community where he grew up. Read …

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Headlining Stories From the August Issue of Hardware Retailing

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The August issue of Hardware Retailing magazine shares highlights from three industry news stories. Click the headlines below to view the full version of each article. Ace to Open 11 Stores in Former Orchard Supply Hardware Locations Orgill to Add New …

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(Possibly) Surging Electrical Problems

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Power surges can cause electrical problems and permanent damage to the broad array of electronics people use in their homes, says the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI). U.S. electrical wiring best practices are changing, and built-in surge protectors are an increasing …

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An Evolution in Customer Experience

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Offering a standout in-store customer experience is a rapidly evolving competition between independent retailers and national or global chains. That experience is also stacked against the convenience of online retailers. But what should differentiation, especially for small businesses, look like? …

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