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Could New Smart Lightbulbs Revolutionize the Industry?

smart lightbulbs

New trends in smart lighting requires that either the wiring and infrastructure or the bulbs themselves are able to be connected to the web. Philips hue, LIFX and INSTEON bulbs all take this latter approach, but buying new smart bulbs …

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Could Paint Cans Get a Makeover? Inventor Says ‘Yes’

paint cans

The basic design of a can of paint hasn’t changed much since its invention in 1868. But Alec Machin, a designer from the U.K. may change that. A large part of his design centers around creating smaller containers, with goal …

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Four Ways to Add Value to Your Grilling Assortment

grilling

The downside of grills is that everybody sells them. Big boxes, discount stores and specialty stores all feature grills, but selling accessories and services can one-up the competition and lead to increased sales. Carrying charcoal, propane, grill brushes, turners, smoking …

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Differentiating Your Hand and Power Tools Category

hand and power tools

When customers arrive asking for a big-box price match on hand and power tools, the first thing Robert Moore does is check the model number. “I am almost certain there will be a difference between what they sell and what we …

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Bright Ideas in Selling High-Efficiency Bulbs

bulbs

Retailers have made changes in their lightbulb inventory—and in the bulbs they use in their own stores—in order to comply with federal regulations as incandescent lightbulbs are phased out and compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), LED lamps and halogen bulbs …

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Retailer Cleans Up with Detergent Sales

detergent

The staff at K&B True Value know what keeps their customers coming back: laundry detergent. For the past few years, staff at the Annapolis, Maryland, store have offered a laundry detergent filling station for their customers, giving them an easy …

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THE CLOCK IS TICKING: Make Changes in Plumbing, Electrical Categories Now

The new lead-free plumbing law, the phase-out of incandescent light bulbs: Recently, there have been big changes to the plumbing and electrical categories. Is your store ready? Parts of the light bulb phase out have already begun but additional deadlines …

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The Next Level of Housewares

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To watch the full video, click here. Woodstock Do it Best Hardware store owner dedicates nearly 800 square feet of floor space to the housewares category, including Diane’s Kitchen, a cookware shop on the store’s second floor.

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