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Inflation Impacting Housing Affordability

housing affordability

In a recent e-newsletter, National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) chief economist Robert Dietz shared his insights on the current and future economy and provided housing market updates. The rising mortgage interest rates and stricter policies from the Federal Reserve …

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Inflation Continued Upward Climb in March

March inflation

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported another jump in inflation in March, up 1.2 percent after a 0.8 percent increase in February. Inflation has risen 8.5 percent over the last 12 months, the largest 12-month increase since December 1981. …

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New Manager Confidential: Insights From New Managers

new manager

Becoming a new manager can be rewarding, but also full of challenges. Fortunately, the home improvement industry has many players who are willing to share advice and best practices with their fellow retailers. Here, we’ve compiled advice for new managers …

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12 Key Takeaways from the 2022 NHPA All-Industry Conference

conference takeaways

The 2022 NHPA All-Industry Conference, co-located at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, wrapped up last week, offering three days of speakers and panels from industry experts and top-performing retailers. Attendees came away with numerous insights and best practices …

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10 Tips for New Managers

tips new managers

There is no lack of advice out there for new managers coming into a leadership role. Here are some of the top tips managers can use to be successful. Ask for help. No matter what industry you’re in, there are …

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2022 Workplace Wellness Program Trends

workplace wellness trends

Wellness Workdays, a leading provider of corporate wellness programs, completed its 2021 annual retrospective analysis and found several workplace wellness trends to watch in 2022. A certified woman-owned business enterprise, Wellness Workdays designs and delivers corporate wellness programs to promote …

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Skilled-Trade Programs See Boost in Enrollment

skilled-trade

While many in the construction and home improvement industries anecdotally feel the pinch of not enough skilled-trade workers, the statistics back up those sentiments. The Associated General Contractors of America conducted a survey in September 2021 that found 89 percent …

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Best Practices for Creating a Strategic Plan

Lambert Lumber employees

If you’re like most business-minded people, you have no shortage of ideas. Put on your retailer glasses and you might see opportunities everywhere. If the past couple of years have given you above average sales and you have money in …

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