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Dan Tratensek Presents: Products with Cool Names

Products with cool names

Click here to view the video. Finding new products and building up your inventory can be a daunting task at times. To help you discover the latest and greatest innovations on the market, Hardware Retailing publisher Dan Tratensek is back …

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Focus On Garage Storage

Garage Storage

Homeowners’ garages have become more than just a place to store vehicles. With the spring selling season just around the corner, it’s a great time to remind your customers that, in addition to overhauling their homes, the garage could use …

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How Impulse Items Can Get Customers to Go Beyond Their Shopping Lists


To view a PDF of this story, click here.  To learn more about how impulse shopping works, head here to gain insights from Kit Yarrow, author of “Decoding the New Consumer Mind” and an expert in consumer psychology. By Renee Changnon, I’ll …

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The Psychology Behind Impulse Shopping


When a customer walks through the doors of your retail operation, do they make a beeline to the items on their list? Or do they browse the store and discover items they’d like or forgot to pick up last time they …

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Making Outdoor Spaces More Sustainable


Over the past several years, more and more sustainable products, such as LED lighting and solar elements, and practices are making their way into U.S. homes. Plus, adding sustainable living options into homes and lifestyles is becoming more affordable and mainstream. This …

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Zika and Your Mosquito Control Category


Basic Mosquito Control Use this easy reference guide to refresh your employees’ knowledge about the many products that can help your customers control mosquitoes. Download the Mosquito Control Infographic and Trainer’s Notes here or visit to see the other training tools we offer. While …

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Hot Niches in the Farm, Pet and Ranch Category

Farm, Pet and Ranch

To view a PDF of this story, click here.  Mosquito control products are hot during the summer. Here, we’ll offer some strategies for selling the mosquito control category and how you can respond to questions about Zika if and when they arise. …

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Top Trends in Landscaping and Gardening


As the spring season is upon us and warmer weather is inching closer and closer, your customers are eager to get outside and enjoy their outdoor living space in a variety of ways. While planting flower gardens and getting the grill …

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