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A Closer Look at Retailers Focused on Household Cleaning Products

Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. By Renee Changnon, rchangnon@nrha.org Cleaning Up in Housewares Whether it’s a New Year’s resolution or a spring overhaul, consumers are constantly looking for ways to keep their homes spotless. Do …

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Q&A: Cleaning Expert Shares Insights Into Housewares Niche

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Growing up, Melissa Maker was not a fan of cleaning. After graduating with a degree in business administration and trying her hand in the corporate world, she decided she wanted to start her own business. “I wanted to start a …

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A Look at Installations and Services for the ‘Do It for Me’ Market


Click the image above to view a full PDF. At Your Service Today’s consumer is often looking for ways to make life easier. Whether they are paying an accountant to file their taxes or requesting people to run their errands, …

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How to Be Successful in Special Event Rental

Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. By Jesse Carleton, jcarleton@nrha.org Rental at Kempker’s True Value started out the way it might at countless other independent home improvement businesses. Owner Chuck Kempker rented tools and equipment mostly to contractors. …

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What to Know About Popular Party Rental Products

More than likely, as you’re getting started or expanding your special event category, some items will become clear customer favorites. Hardware Retailing spoke with Chuck Kempker, who has four hardware store and rental locations in southeastern Iowa, and Chuck Shipp, …

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Making Big Splashes With Shower Updates

Click the picture to download a PDF of this story Homeowners who are planning to remodel their master bathrooms are making a big deal out of shower upgrades. Master bathrooms are one of the top spaces homeowners remodel, according to …

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10 Things We Didn’t Expect to See at IU’s Tailgate

Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. If you spend enough time around a tailgating lot, you’re bound to see some wild stuff. Over the years, fans have pushed the envelope of partying science, bringing bigger and better tailgates …

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Know What Your Customers Want to Create a Tailgating Destination

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Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. Cover the Spread Its necessary, at times, to indulge in the classics. Whether it’s re-watching a favorite movie, returning to a favorite high school haunt or cooking up one of mom’s old …

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