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How Retail Will Evolve in 2021

e-commmerce

E-commerce platform Shopify recently unveiled its Future of Commerce 2021 report, highlighting bold predictions for where retail will go throughout 2021. The report combines insights from the company’s 1 million retailers across 11 countries. Discover some of the key takeaways …

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Evaluating the Playing Field for Home Improvement Projects

Construction workers

Home improvement retailers have seen sales spike throughout 2020, with each month showing year-over-year highs since COVID-19 began. The story for America’s contractors has been more nuanced. Ken Simonson, chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), says …

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Charting 2020’s Biggest Holiday Sales Trends

Springboard

Research firm CBRE recently issued its outlook for the 2020 holiday shopping season. Featuring insight on the U.S. economy, new shopper habits and global insights, the data is a clear guide to the trends home improvement retailers should be on …

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Resource Review: Building a StoryBrand

Resource Review

This book review is the final installment in a series Hardware Retailing is publishing to highlight resources retailers recommend to other operators in the independent home improvement industry.  David Strano is general manager and co-owner of Ambridge Do it Best …

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Join Us for a Webinar Featuring the 2020 Market Measure Report

Webinar

With all the ups and downs the economy has seen throughout 2020, it is more important now than ever to have a clear understanding of where the home improvement industry has been and where it may be headed. Join NHPA’s …

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Trainer’s Corner: Focus on Financials

Market Measure Report

In this month’s issue of Hardware Retailing, the Market Measure report includes results from NHPA’s 2020 Cost of Doing Business Study, a valuable tool as you make plans for the coming year. By comparing numbers in this study against your …

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Analyzing the DIY Home Improvement Marketplace

2020 home improvement sales

The home improvement channel has seen 2020 as a year of renewed focus. With more people from all walks of life rethinking exactly what they want from their homes, analyzing home improvement shoppers’ behaviors, inspirations and new retail preferences can …

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2020 Cost of Doing Business Study Now Available

Cost of Doing Business Study

The North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA)’s 2020 Cost of Doing Business Study is now available. The study has been conducted annually for more than 100 years and collects detailed financial information from hardware stores, home centers, lumberyards and paint …

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