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Todd Taber

Todd is trends editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. He graduated from Indiana University where he majored in journalism and French. Throughout his career, he has aimed to highlight small businesses and their community value. He joined NRHA in 2017.

Help Customers Purify Their Spaces Inside and Out

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Customers are reassessing how they live in their homes. Underlying that shift is a greater emphasis on overall health and how homes impact total quality of life. Bill Hayward has monitored this trend for 30 years, becoming a building scientist …

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Uncovering the Latest Home Design Trends

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New data from online home remodeling and design platform Houzz reveals the latest home design trends you can use to bolster sales in your paint, housewares and design departments. By analyzing the frequency of certain search terms its audience of …

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Analyzing Q2 2021 Big-Box Sales

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Investigating big boxes’ second-quarter sales can help every independent home improvement operator position their own operations for success. Take a look at the latest financial reports from Home Depot, Lowe’s and Tractor Supply to learn how each has fared during …

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Lowe’s Reports $27.6B in Q2 2021 Sales

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Lowe’s has announced its second-quarter 2021 financial results, confirming $27.6 billion in net sales for the period. The figure represents a 1.1 percent increase over the same period in 2020. The company reported net earnings of $3 billion, a 7 …

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Home Depot’s Q2 2021 Sales Reach $41B

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Big-box home improvement chain Home Depot announced $41.1 billion in second-quarter 2021 sales, an 8.1 percent increase from the same period in 2020. The second-quarter sales represent record quarterly sales for the company. Comparable sales for the company increased 4.5 …

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Northern Tool + Equipment Turns to AI for Pricing Strategy

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To improves its pricing strategy, home improvement chain Northern Tool + Equipment has partnered with Revionics, an Aptos Company, as its intelligent pricing platform. Revionics specializes in pricing, promotions and advanced analytics solutions. Northern Tool + Equipment will use the …

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Home Depot Continues $1.2B Supply Chain Investment

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Big-box chain Home Depot has announced the opening of a new distribution center in Baltimore. The new 800,000 sq. ft. facility is designed to improve delivery to customers throughout the region. Stephanie Smith, senior vice president of supply chain for …

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New Possibilities for Vassar Building Center

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Mike MacKay, president of Vassar Building Center in Michigan, is a planner. He scoured his community for new locations to expand his business for many years, but never quite landed on the perfect space at the perfect moment. The company …

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