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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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Tracking 2 Years of Big-Box Housewares Sales

housewares

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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Hoover Hardware Do it Center Continues Its Growth Path

hoover hardware

Rick Hoover’s family has been in the hardware business for more than 50 years, serving a small community of just over 1,200 people in Troy, Pennsylvania. The building where Hoover Hardware Do it Center currently resides has housed a hardware …

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Mastering Merchandising in the Clothing Department

clothing

Rick Hoover’s family has been in the hardware business for more than 50 years, serving a small community of just over 1,200 people in northern Pennsylvania. As the clothing retail industry started shifting and malls were no longer traffic-drivers, Hoover …

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Open the Door to Decorative Hardware

decorative hardware

Within the hardware and fastener category rests decorative hardware. Unlike most items in this category, decorative hardware purchases aren’t born of necessity. While a customer needs screws, bolts and nails immediately for almost any task, decorative hardware is a space …

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