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2017 Cost of Doing Business Study: What’s In It for You?

Cost of Doing Business

Would you like to know how your store compares to average and high-profit home improvement stores? When you participate in the 2017 Cost of Doing Business Study, the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) will give you free benchmarking tools …

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Participate in the 2017 Cost of Doing Business Study

Cost of Doing Business

The North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) is now compiling data for the 2017 Cost of Doing Business Study. When you submit your financial data for this year’s study, you’ll become a part of history. This year marks the 100-year anniversary of …

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All Eyes on Independents at Conference

industry challenges

To view a PDF of this story, click here. Conference Reveals Insights Into Industry Challenges, Opportunities As a group, independent home improvement retailers are optimistic about the near future, with 78 percent saying they expect to see sales increase over …

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Employees as Obstacles to Growth?

Obstacles

Strategies for Finding the Right People If you’re struggling to find employees who are good fits for your business, you’re facing a challenge that is widespread in the industry. Hardware Retailing surveyed more than 1,000 independent home improvement retailers in …

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2016 Merchandising for Profit Study

2016 Merchandising for Profit Study

Back in 2002, Nickelback was No. 1 on the charts, the Anaheim Angels had just won the World Series and a little TV program called “American Idol” was taking the nation by storm. It was also in 2002 when the …

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2016 Market Measure

2016 Market Measure

To download a PDF of the complete 2016 Market Measure, please complete the form at the bottom of the page. The Ups and Downs of a Positive Year To simply state that 2016 has been a good year for home improvement …

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Where Consumers Buy Products to Keep Baby Safe

childproofing products

Many U.S. homeowners use hidden latches to keep children out of cabinets and gates to prevent toddlers from tumbling down the stairs. But what are the top childproofing products consumers buy, and where do they purchase those items? Hardware Retailing …

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Using GMROI to Improve Your Business

The annual Cost of Doing Business Study from the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) is the industry’s only inclusive benchmarking study and has been conducted annually for more than 100 years. The study provides detailed financial information from hardware stores, home centers …

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