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Review 2020’s Most Active Home Improvement Product Categories

home improvement product categories

The 2020 Retail Selector Study from market research firms The Farnsworth Group and the Home Improvement Research Institute is a thorough overview of the current home improvement marketplace, packed with more than 300 pages on what’s motivating shoppers, where they’re …

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How Prioritizing Builders Hardware Adds Up

Builders' Hardware aisle

Every home improvement operation is unique, but a few core categories unite them all. One of them is builders hardware, the various pieces used to protect and add convenience to shelves, doors, windows, locks and more. Though it’s a well-established …

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5 Ways to Ensure Your Consumables Are Fresh

consumables

Consumables—candy, snacks and beverages—can be a key category to boost average transaction size and enhance the customer experience. However, this category should be carefully monitored and regularly refreshed because it’s likely the only category in your store that includes products …

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Investing in Local Consumables Can Boost Add-on Sales and Customer Loyalty

Candy & Food

The National Confectioners Association recently reported that plant-based snacks like popcorn, chips, veggie straws, corn crackers, dairy-free snacks, grain-free snacks made from plants like butternut squash or cauliflower, vegan puffs, minimally processed snack bars with limited ingredients and specialty diet …

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Flowers for All Occasions

Woman at floral shop serving a customer

Proctor Ace Hardware in Neptune Beach, Florida, offers customers a variety of ways to buy flowers. They can go to the greenhouse and get live plants ready to plant in a garden or flowerpot or head over to the Floral …

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Home Gardens Are Sprouting New Sales Opportunities

Home Garden

For many home improvement shoppers, stay-at-home orders amid the pandemic have offered the perfect opportunity to start or revive a home garden. With more people spending time outdoors and seeking to limit their trips to the grocery store, home gardening …

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What Makes an Appliance Buyer?

appliance buyers

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

appliance trends

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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