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Product Rundown: Convenient Painting Tools

Hardware Retailing editor Chad Husted shows some painting tools that can help any homeowner or DIYer make quick work of their next painting project. From brushes to magnetic paint pails, there are plenty of great products retailers can stock their …

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Exploring Accessories for Hand and Power Tools

Getting the most out of a purchase isn’t just a shopping strategy for consumers. Manufacturers are eager to offer accessories that can extend the applications of their products and boost sales while retailers are always looking to increase transaction sizes …

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Help Customers With These Memorial Day Projects

Memorial Day isn’t just a day of remembrance and the unofficial start of the summer. It’s a well-known weekend for outdoor events, IndyCar’s Indianapolis 500 and, most importantly to independent retailers, home projects. Whether it’s sprucing up an entertainment space …

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Outdoor Living Ideas for 2019

Outdoor living trends are evolving along with consumers, and independent hardware retailers must respond with updated product selections and styles to keep pace. From new furniture options to the latest in outdoor cooking appliances, the modern outdoor space is more …

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The Value of Public Gardens and How Your Business Can Give Back

public gardens

In many communities throughout the U.S., there are bastions of preservation, from community parks to certified historical sites. No matter their form, these places require care from experts and support from their local communities to continue operating. Sometimes, caretakers are …

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Plumbing With the Pros

Hardware Retailing editor Chad Husted learns how to diagnose a faulty water heater and what kinds of skills homeowners should have when taking on plumbing projects. For tips on attracting plumbing professionals to your store, visit here. Watch the video …

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Sink Into Inventory and Services to Attract Plumbing Pros

Independent retailers put great emphasis on providing fantastic customer service. When done correctly, this focus on making every customer feel welcome can yield great dividends across the spectrum of DIYers and pro plumbing customers. There’s a reason we all crave …

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How 3 Retailers Find and Sell Unique Categories

Gourmet foods, local gifts, unique home goods, custom cabinets, firearms, live bait, microbrew beer, even frozen pizzas— there’s no shortage of variety alongside the core hardware categories at Solon Springs Mercantile. Owners Meg and Ken Thoreson have built up a …

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