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PRO Group Hosts First Virtual Group Merchandising Conference

PRO Group recently hosted its first virtual Group Merchandising Conference to safeguard the health of retailers, PRO Group employees and vendor partners. From June 22-24, 40 PRO Group member distributors and 63 vendor attendees participated in more than 1,100 one-on-one …

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Newly Updated: Stream All NRHA Town Hall Sessions

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The North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) is hosting regular town hall sessions via Zoom to help independent home improvement retailers and channel partners stay informed amid COVID-19. In the first NRHA Town Hall covering COVID-19, retailers shared how their …

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Evaluate Your Business With Help From NRHA

Cost of Doing Business Study

Do you know how your operation stacks up against typical and high-performing retailers? NRHA is now collecting information from independent U.S. hardware stores, home improvement centers and lumberyards for the 2020 Cost of Doing Business Study. From sales per square …

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3 Ways to Manage Crisis Through Leadership

Crisis Leadership

Great leaders rise up in times like this. They elevate because leadership excellence in times of crisis is very much the same as it is in normal times. However, no one is perfect, and there are some nuances to crisis …

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Small Businesses Are the Essential Economy

Small Business Economy

Small businesses are often called the backbone of the American economy, but never has that truth been clearer than during this pandemic. In addition to sickening millions of people, the outbreak abruptly crippled much of the global economy. The downturn …

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3 Quick Ways to Prepare for the Unexpected

Prepare Unexpected

The COVID-19 pandemic has required many business operators to test their agility to the extreme. There have been numerous stories about retailers supporting their community members with supplies to stay safe at home and providing frontline workers with supplies to …

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Expert Column: How Essential Retailers Are Leading the Way Into Reopening

essential retailers

Across grocery, pharmacy, home improvement and select other sectors, essential retailers are leading the way to reopen the world as we enter Phase 3 (“management”) of the COVID-19 pandemic. We estimate that this phase will last from now into early …

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How COVID-19 Is Changing Business for Contractors

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Since March, The Farnsworth Group and the Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) have collected data on DIYers’ and contractors’ home improvement sentiments during COVID-19. The complete report for the organizations’ Weekly COVID-19 Tracker reveals contractors are relying on brick-and-mortar home …

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