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Melanie Moul

Melanie Moul
Melanie is the managing editor for the North American Hardware and Paint Association. She has worked for the association since 2016. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and baking without recipes and watching online makeup tutorials. She and her husband are raising their son and two fur children in Indianapolis.

Sears to Sell Smart Appliances on Amazon

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Sears announced Thursday that it will begin selling Kenmore appliances on Amazon that feature Amazon’s smart home assistant Alexa, reports the Chicago Tribune. According to the article, Sears will sell Kenmore appliances that can be operated using Alexa’s voice-activation capabilities. …

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Millennials Want a Retail Experience

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Millennials and the generation group after them, Gen Z, make up nearly half of the U.S. population, which is good news for the retail sector, according to a recent Forbes article. However, Forbes says that the economic environment that this …

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J.C. Penney Financial Exec Steps Down

J.C. Penney

J.C. Penney announced Monday that its executive vice president and chief financial officer, Edward Record, would vacate his position effective July 11 “to pursue other interests,” according to the company. Record joined the apparel and home goods retailer in March …

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Walmart Uses Virtual Reality for Training

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Walmart has introduced virtual reality (VR) headsets into its training program, allowing new employees to practice customer service before encountering customers on the salesfloors, the company reports. Walmart says the technology is intended to allow new store associates “to experience …

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Help Pros Shop Local With Home Sweet Home Pros’ Edition Signage

home sweet home pros' edition

In the July 2017 issue of Hardware Retailing, the North American Hardware and Paint Association (NHPA) and Independent We Stand debuted the their latest joint research project, the Home Sweet Home Pros’ Edition study. The study found that for every dollar pros spend at independent …

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5 Small Business Marketing Tips

Small Business Marketing

Small business marketing can help you develop and support the brand of your operation. Forbes recently published a list of five quick tips to manage small business marketing, and these pointers can be applied to any independent home improvement operation. Here is …

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Former Home Depot CEO: Don’t Get Complacent

Home Depot CEO

In a recent episode of “Fast Money” on CNBC, former Home Depot CEO Bob Nardelli spoke about how Home Depot has found success in both traditional and online retailing. “They are using the bricks and the clicks together,” Nardelli says in the …

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Sears Canada Files for Bankruptcy Protection

Sears Canada

Sears Canada has filed for bankruptcy protection, according to a company report released Thursday. Over the past 18 months, Sears has taken on restructuring initiatives, including developing technology systems, redefining its brand positioning and updating its product assortment, according to the company. As …

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