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3 Housewares Trends That Reflect Consumers’ Busy Lives

housewares

Last year, large retailers like Amazon, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Target and Kohl’s reported steady sales in housewares, with many lines capturing 10 to 20 percent or more of overall sales. As the category grows, independent home improvement retailers can boost …

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Tracking 2 Years of Big-Box Housewares Sales

housewares

The housewares category is a growing opportunity for many independent retailers. Whether you stock housewares items to serve wholesale customers or your DIY customers keep asking for the latest kitchen gadgets and small appliances, the category is broad and can …

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Hoover Hardware Do it Center Continues Its Growth Path

hoover hardware

Rick Hoover’s family has been in the hardware business for more than 50 years, serving a small community of just over 1,200 people in Troy, Pennsylvania. The building where Hoover Hardware Do it Center currently resides has housed a hardware …

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Mastering Merchandising in the Clothing Department

clothing

Rick Hoover’s family has been in the hardware business for more than 50 years, serving a small community of just over 1,200 people in northern Pennsylvania. As the clothing retail industry started shifting and malls were no longer traffic-drivers, Hoover …

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Open the Door to Decorative Hardware

decorative hardware

Within the hardware and fastener category rests decorative hardware. Unlike most items in this category, decorative hardware purchases aren’t born of necessity. While a customer needs screws, bolts and nails immediately for almost any task, decorative hardware is a space …

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The 10 Issue: Discover Quick-Hitting Operations Tips

10 issue

With a whoosh, the 10 list issue of Hardware Retailing has returned. This year, we’re exploring all sides of the independent home improvement industry with a twist. You’ll be able to fly through these 10 lists, but you’ll come away …

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Troubleshoot Your Customer’s Furnace With This Guide

furnace

If you serve customers who have gas furnaces in their homes, keep this troubleshooting flowchart close to the service counter and the phone. Train your staff on each step of the guide so they are prepared to answer any follow …

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Keeping HVAC Customers Cool With Depth of Inventory and a Focus on Service

hvac

Certain departments in hardware stores attract customers more easily than others. Who doesn’t want to look over the latest smoker for the backyard or the most advanced drill for the toolbox? But a category like heating, ventilation and air conditioning …

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