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COVID-19’s Impact on 2020 and Beyond

NPD's Checkouts

New consumer information from market research firm The NPD Group (NPD) shows the popularity of DIY home improvement projects is a trend that looks poised to continue. NPD’s Checkout service tracks consumer behavior across all retail channels, illuminating trends in …

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Markle Do it Best Hardware Proves to be Essential and Generous

Markle Do it Best

Markle Do it Best Hardware in Markle, Indiana, was one of the only businesses still open in its community when Indiana required all nonessential businesses to close due to COVID-19.  The store not only stayed open and served the rush …

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Tractor Supply Co. Reports Record Sales and Profits in Q3

tractor supply record sales

Rural lifestyle chain Tractor Supply Co. reports record sales and profits in the third quarter of 2020, including a 31.4 percent rise in net sales during the period. In total, net sales for the three-month period ending Sept. 26 amounted …

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Discover What’s Truly Essential in Customer Service

Last month, Hardware Retailing explored how two retailers shifted their operations to keep customers and employees safe during the first months of COVID-19’s retail impact. From establishing new workflows to leaning into digital communication, Connolly’s Do it Best in Fort …

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PPG Reports $3.7B in Q3 Net Sales

PPG net sales

Pittsburgh-based paint manufacturer PPG has reported its third-quarter 2020 financial results, recording $3.7 billion in net sales, a 4 percent drop from the same period in 2019. Net income from continuing operations for PPG hit $442 million. Selling prices rose …

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Latest Houzz Data Highlights Home Improvement Strength

home improvement data

New data from home renovation and design platform Houzz suggests the home improvement market has recovered to pre-pandemic activity levels, reporting the strongest construction activity since the third quarter of 2018. “The results from the Houzz Q4 Renovation Barometer show …

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3 Ways to Stay Active After the National Hardware Virtual Show

national hardware virtual show

After four days of the latest products, incisive industry research and inspiring stories of success from independent home improvement retailers, it’s a wrap on the National Hardware Virtual Show and the NRHA All-Industry Conference! “We are truly grateful to everyone …

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Third-Party Sales Surge During Amazon Prime Day

amazon prime day

Amazon says small and medium-size businesses were the big winners during the company’s 2020 Prime Day event, traditionally one of the biggest online shopping days of the year. Third-party sellers on Amazon, which include many small enterprises, surpassed $3.5 billion …

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