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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

Niches in the Lawn and Garden Department

DIY Pond

More homeowners are taking an interest in adding water elements, like ponds, both inside and outside their homes. In the August issue of Hardware Retailing, we cover unique products and services you can add to the lawn and garden department. To read …

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Hardware Business Surpasses 170 Years of Service

170 years

When John L. Clark opened Clark’s Farm Supplies in 1845, he likely had no inkling that his family would continue to supply the Ellicott City, Maryland, community with quality products and project advice nearly two centuries later. Now known as Clarks Ace …

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Employees Use Shyft App to Trade Hours


For the past year, hourly employees at restaurants and chains like Starbucks, McDonald’s and Old Navy have been able to personally find and schedule coworkers to cover their work shifts  by using a new app called Shyft. Rather than penciling in doctor’s appointments and vacation …

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Lowe’s App to Offer 3-D Planning Aids via Phone


When consumers head to Lowe’s in the future, they’ll have a better chance of mapping out their homes and making sure products they buy fit just right. Through Lowe’s Vision, an app using Google’s 3-D smartphone platform Tango, users will be able …

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Banks Pushing to Increase Debit Card Swipe Fees

swipe fees

Banks are pushing to change a cap on debit card swipe fees that the Federal Reserve implemented in 2011. However, 89 percent of consumers believe the “swipe fee limits should not be undone,” according to a survey by the National Retail Federation. Additionally, 84 percent of …

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Retirees Make Hardware Their Late-in-Life Career

Through Edgewood Do it Best Hardware & Rental, Jerry Mobley and Dale Streets are able to use lifetimes of knowledge and experience to help customers from their community. Both men began working for the store after long careers in other industries, …

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