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Where the Water is Flowing: New Trends in Plumbing Technology

plumbing technology

To download a PDF of this full story click here and visit hardwareretailing.com/plumbing-selling-guide to download the Plumbing Selling Guide and full-page water fact sheet. When you think about all of the categories within a home improvement store where technology has had an impact, plumbing may …

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Plumbing Selling Guide

plumbing selling guide

This month, Hardware Retailing magazine took a look at technology in the plumbing category. To read the full plumbing story click here. To help you further explore the topic, we have included extra information in our Web-only Category Selling Guide that will be produced …

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Paint Companies Select Color of the Year

paint companies

With 2014 coming to a close, upcoming trends for 2015 are being showcased. Paint companies are picking their 2015 color of the year, predicting which color will make its way into homes across America. Benjamin Moore picked Guilford Green, a …

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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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