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Product Shortages Causing Builders to Raise Prices, Preorder

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It’s no secret that building materials are in short supply and the price of lumber and other supplies has increased significantly. In May 2021, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) surveyed builders in its annual Housing Market Index. Builders …

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Webinar: Learn the Latest on Inventory Management

Inventory Management Webinar

What long-term effects will the pandemic have on the way retailers manage their inventory?  The North American Hardware and Paint Association (NHPA) invites all members of the independent home improvement, paint and decorating industry to the upcoming Inventory Management webinar …

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Understanding New DIY Shopping Preferences

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Building materials marketing firm Venveo and market research firm The Farnsworth Group are releasing new data highlighting how DIY purchase behaviors have changed in the past year. After surveying nearly 1,000 DIYers, the insight into DIY purchasing and shopping preferences …

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3 Reasons to Welcome Pets Into Your Store

Pets in store

Going beyond stocking its shelves with pet products, Strosniders Hardware has welcomed furry friends into its stores. Strosniders, which has three locations in Maryland, has allowed customers to bring pets into its locations for about 15 years, a policy that …

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U.S. Small Businesses Offered Tax Credit to Offset Vaccine Costs

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President Biden is urging all employers to offer paid time off for employees to receive or recover from the COVID-19 vaccine by offering a special tax credit to offset those costs. Signed into law as part of the American Rescue …

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4 Ways Leading Diverse Teams Strengthens Your Business

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Retailers from all over North America came together last week to attend the North American Hardware and Paint Association’s webinar focused on the power and opportunity leading diverse teams brings independent home improvement retailers. The webinar was presented in real …

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Small Businesses Prioritized in Latest Round of Paycheck Protection Program

SBA

The latest round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding opened in January, and now, the Small Business Administration (SBA) is taking steps to prioritize lending to small businesses. To achieve this, the administration will: Establish a 14-day, exclusive PPP loan …

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OHSA Issues New Guidance Against COVID-19

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In its report ,  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides updated guidance on safety measures and health standards employers should follow during the COVID-19 pandemic, listing the following as necessary steps: Conduct a hazard assessment. Identify control measures …

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