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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.

Top 10 Holiday-Quarter Revenue Earners Include Home Depot, Lowe’s

Home Depot and Lowe’s are projected to be among the top 10 holiday-quarter revenue earners, according to analysis by USA Today.  Analysts based predictions on data from S&P Global Market Intelligence and project that 10 retailers will take 66.7 percent of all holiday-quarter …

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New Law Allows Small Businesses to Offer Health Benefit

health care

Small business owners in the U.S. can now get and give a new employee benefit, courtesy of a bill the president signed into law this week. Starting Jan. 1, the new law will allow companies that employ fewer than 50 full-time …

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3 Ways to Bring In Holiday Shoppers

There are just a few shopping days left before Christmas. Want to bring those-last minutes shoppers into your store? Here are three ideas to try: Gift Sets People love prepackaged gifts around the holidays, as they make good host gifts …

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Gatlinburg Hardware Store Still Stands After Wildfire’s Devastation

A wildfire tore through Gatlinburg, Tennessee, burning thousands of buildings and killing 14 people—but leaving Ace Hardware of Gatlinburg behind. The fire started south of Gatlinburg on Nov. 23 and burned through the popular vacation city on Monday, Nov. 28. That …

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Amazon Go Lets Consumers Skip Checkout

Amazon Go

Amazon Go, the latest brick-and-mortar venture from the online retailer, allows consumers to take products from the shelves and skip the checkout. Called the “Just Walk Out” shopping experience, Amazon Go is modeled after technology found in self-driving cars, like computer …

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Thanksgiving Weekend Shopping Up From 2015

Thanksgiving weekend shopping

This Thanksgiving weekend, retailers saw an increase in consumer traffic from last year. However, individual shoppers scouring for deals spent less than the year before. An estimated 154 million consumers shopped over the holiday weekend. That number is up from 151 million in 2015, according …

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Target Expands on Small-Format Stores

small-format stores

Target recently announced that it will continue to expand its small-format stores into urban areas and college towns. During company’s third-quarter sales conference call last week, CEO Brian Cornell says he is “increasingly confident” that the big-box retailer will open “hundreds” …

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Black Friday Won’t Be the Busiest Shopping Day

Busiest Shopping Day

According to retail analytics company RetailNext, Black Friday will no longer hold the top spot as the busiest shopping day of the year. As retailers expand sale windows and move promotions online, consumers are spreading out their shopping days, too. …

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