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COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Package Nears Passage

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Amid economic instability caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Congress is poised to vote on a $2 trillion stimulus package. According to The New York Times, the bill provides $150 billion to assist state and local governments in their …

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UPDATED: States, Provinces Declare Home Improvement Stores ‘Essential’ Amid Shutdowns

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Updated March 30, 2020: For a complete overview of how U.S. states and Canadian provinces are handling the COVID-19 pandemic, click here. As the effects of COVID-19 touch every aspect of retail, cities and states across the U.S. are declaring …

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Independent We Stand Promotes Local Shopping During COVID-19


Shop-local movement Independent We Stand is offering free resources to help small businesses keep sales strong during the impact of COVID-19. The organization recently released a list of five ways customers can support small businesses. Among the organization’s tips is …

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Retailers Across North America Remain Resourceful Amid COVID-19


As local and federal lawmakers across North America issue guidance to stay at home, many are permitting hardware and home improvement stores to remain open to serve their communities. Read about retailers from across North America who are continuing to …

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NRHA, Industry Leaders Urge Lawmakers to Deem Home Improvement Retailers ‘Essential’

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The North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) and home improvement industry leaders are banding together to urge federal, state and local governments to deem home improvement workers as “essential” in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter was signed …

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COVID-19 Prompts Major Shift in Retail Operations


On March 11, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, the first in more than a decade. As the number of confirmed cases surpassed 3,100 people in 49 states, governments, communities and businesses of all sizes have been forced …

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National Hardware Show and NRHA Conference Postponed

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The National Hardware Show (NHS) will be postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The show, scheduled for May 5-7 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, will remain in Las Vegas and be rescheduled for later this year. …

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Home Hardware Announces Cancellation of 2020 Spring Market

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Home Hardware Stores Ltd. announced the cancellation of its 2020 Spring Market, which was set to be held in Waterloo Region on April 5-7. “The health and safety of the Home Hardware community, our dealer-owners, team members, suppliers, business partners …

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