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Renee Changnon

Renee Changnon
Renee Changnon is the retail outreach coordinator for NRHA. She meets with retailers in their stores and at industry events and introduces them to the services NRHA provides. Renee previously worked as a member of the NRHA communications team. She earned a degree in visual journalism from Illinois State University, where she served as the features editor for the school newspaper. After college, she implemented marketing and promotions initiatives at Jimmy John’s franchise locations across the country. She enjoys exploring books with her book club, Netflix marathons and hosting goat yoga at her apartment complex. Renee Changnon 317-275-9442 rchangnon@nrha.org

Retailers Find Focus at True Value Fall Reunion

fall reunion

Retailers recently gathered to find new products, gain business inspiration and network with their peers at the True Value Fall Reunion. The buying show, which the co-op hosted in Denver at the Colorado Convention Center, ran Sept. 15-18. The event featured speakers, new retail …

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Kelloggs & Lawrence: History, Traditions, Cool Products


For residents of Katonah, New York, a trip downtown is like stepping back in time. Nestled in the downtown area is a store that mixes nostalgia with new innovations. That business is Kelloggs & Lawrence, which began as a hardware store in …

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Lowe’s Introduces LoweBot, the Customer Service Robot


Lowe’s is adding more robots to its staff roster. The company plans to start using robots on the sales floors of multiple California stores this fall. The big-box retailer will be introducing LoweBot, a NAVii autonomous retail service robot by Fellow Robots, at 11 Lowe’s …

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Lowe’s and Amazon Partner on Smart Home Technology

smart home

Retail competitors Lowe’s and Amazon are joining forces to make their technology work together in smart homes. The incompatibility of different brands of devices has hindered the smart home market, but Amazon and Lowe’s are integrating their products so their brands can work together in …

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How Could You Make Your Main Street Better?

Contest Winner

This year, downtown Lynden in Washington state was the grand prize winner of a contest that celebrates American downtowns. In 2017, your city could be next. Watch for news from Independent We Stand, an organization that exists to support locally owned businesses, about the second-annual America’s Main …

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Part-Time Job Inspires Family to Get Into Hardware


For more than 50 years, Jim White, owner of Boyne City Hardware in Boyne City, Michigan, has been working in the hardware industry. And unlike many retailers who grew up in the business, Jim got into the hardware business before his dad …

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HDW Fall Market Focuses on American Veterans


At the Hardware Distribution Warehouses, Inc. (HDW) 2016 Fall Dealer Market in Little Rock, retailers found good deals on inventory and inspiration for generous giving. HDW Unites Retailers to Support Veterans The market’s theme was “Honoring America’s Veterans,” and attendees donated nearly $18,000 to …

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Home Depot, Walmart Take On Amazon’s E-Commerce


For big box retailers Home Depot and Walmart, the pressure to compete against  Amazon is huge. One way brick-and-mortar businesses are stepping up against the e-commerce giant is by using physical stores to their advantage. Using Physical Stores to Compete …

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