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Todd Taber

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.

Walmart Purchases Delivery Business

delivery

Walmart has purchased Parcel, a delivery logistics startup that focuses on overnight and same-day last-mile delivery, Reuters reports. The Parcel purchase is Walmart’s latest acquisition, following its purchase of apparel company Bonobos in June for $310 million and e-commerce retailer Jet.com …

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10 Products New Homeowners Need

Homeowners

Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. Owning a home is part of the American dream. But repairing, maintaining and improving that home can be a nightmare for homeowners who don’t have the right equipment to get …

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GOP Proposes Tax Reform Bill, Drops Health Care

tax reform

Republican leaders in Congress proposed a plan Wednesday to reform the U.S. tax code, The New York Times reports. According to the newspaper, the GOP tax reform plan calls for reduced taxes for the wealthy, the middle class and businesses and preserves …

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10 Tips to Get the Best Photos at Store Events

photos

Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but a strong, well-composed photo is worth so much more. The perfect shot can showcase your operation in a beautiful light, boost sales …

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Consumer Confidence, Home Prices Rise

Consumer Confidence

U.S. consumer confidence rose in the second quarter of 2017, showing a nearly 25 percent increase over year-to-year 2016 levels. Prices of existing home sales also continued to climb, buoyed by a June 2017 peak.  The Consumer Confidence Index rose …

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Amazon Searches for Second HQ, Walmart Stays Put

headquarters

Amazon and Walmart, two of the country’s largest retailers, are taking drastically different approaches to choosing locations for their corporate headquarters, The New York Times reports. Doug McMillon, Walmart’s chief executive, sent a letter to employees earlier this month, announcing …

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Research Conference Details Optimistic Home Improvement Outlook

HIRI

The Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) recently presented the latest research on home improvement trends and the economic and social factors affecting the channel. Speakers at September’s 2017 Insights Conference in Chicago addressed topics including customer service, home technology and …

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Lumber Prices Rise After Hurricanes, Political Deadlock

lumber

Recent hurricanes in the southern U.S. and an ongoing political deadlock between the U.S. and Canadian governments threaten to raise the prices of softwood lumber, reports Canadian newspaper The National Post. Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Commerce claimed …

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