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3 Water Conservation Activities for Kids

water conservation

Sustainability in homes is a rising trend, and educating the next generation about water conservation may be a task your customers ask for help with, especially if they are parents to young children. Whether you are planning an event promoting …

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spoga+gafa 2020 to Highlight Sustainable Garden Trends

spoga+gafa

Buyers, importers, international sourcing agents and the top players of the global garden and outdoor living industry come together at spoga+gafa in Cologne, Germany, every year. See the trends that come from the world’s largest lawn and garden trade fair, …

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2020 Holiday Trends and Why You Should Be Planning Now

holiday trends

Although spring is just beginning, you finished plans for tulip caretaking and birdhouse building months ago. In retail, it’s crucial to plan seasons ahead, which is why holiday decor is a large segment of many wholesaler markets in the spring.  …

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Inside the Growing Season of Northern California’s Central Valley

steve patterson

At the helm of a business spanning three Northern California counties and three generations, Steve Patterson is searching for the perfect balance. As his company honors 65 hard-won years, he shares what it takes to stay at the forefront of …

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DIY Landscaping Projects Take Root

DIY landscaping

The Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) recently collected data regarding what motivates home improvement customers to tackle gardening and landscaping projects. Their data can help you strategize your inventory to best meet these customers’ needs before spring weather returns to …

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Let Creative Merchandising Enhance Outdoor Furniture

outdoor furniture

Elevating your outdoor furniture department can be an investment that boosts sales and caters to shoppers’ increasing desire to maximize their outdoor spaces. According to the Home Improvement Research Institute, outdoor living sales rose steadily in the last decade, with …

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Tips to Elevate Your Outdoor Furniture Merchandising

outdoor furniture merchandising

Outdoor merchandising is one home improvement category that can truly be enhanced when your team is committed to enhancing your merchandising. Read how two retailers are perfecting their outdoor furniture category in the February 2020 issue of Hardware Retailing. Browse …

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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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