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Home Design Trends to Look for in 2022

For nearly two years, our homes have become places to work, go to school, enjoy time with family and find respite from the craziness of the pandemic. Since homeowners were spending so much time at home, many embarked on renovations, …

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How to Create a Canning Niche in Your Housewares Department

Cornell's Canning

More than a hobby for many of Cornell’s True Value Hardware’s customers, canning is a lifestyle, a cultural tradition and a bonding opportunity for family and friends. Cornell’s is located in the New York City suburb of Eastchester, New York, …

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Cooking Up Canning Products In Your Housewares Department

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Canning has seen a boom in popularity and retailers can take advantage by adding canning products to their housewares department or boosting an already existing canning niche. In the July 2021 issue of Hardware Retailing, Cornell’s True Value Hardware shared …

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4 Selling Tips for Post-Pandemic Home Improvement Projects 

Last year, the number of people engaging in home improvement projects soared, as consumers sought to pass the time and improve their living spaces while spending more time at home. This year, consumers will continue to tackle projects around the …

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What Makes an Appliance Buyer?

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According to a recent survey from the Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI), appliance buyers have certain characteristics and preferences. Appliances can be a competitive category, but there may be an opportunity in your community as department stores close or people …

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A Review of Appliance Trends

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According to a recent survey from the Home Improvement Research Institute, 44 percent of appliance purchases went to big-box stores when they were in the market for a new large appliance. While those sales represent a significant segment of the …

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3 Housewares Trends That Reflect Consumers’ Busy Lives

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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

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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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