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What to Know About the Methylene Chloride Ban

In a March 15 decision, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned the manufacturing and selling of paint and coating removal products that contain methylene chloride if the products are being sold for consumer use. The rule takes effect May ... Read More »

U.S. Economy Grows 3.2% in Q1 2019

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The U.S. Department of Commerce announced that the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) had risen by an annual rate of 3.2 percent in the first quarter of 2019, according to The New York Times. GDP is the “broadest measure of ... Read More »

Why You Need to Buy Into Buying Local

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As the buy-local movement sweeps the country, communities across the U.S. have seen a resurgence in record stores, independent bookstores and unique coffee shops. In the home improvement industry, this resurgence affects communities on an even more intimate level. Retailers ... Read More »

Kohl’s to Accept In-Store Amazon Returns Nationwide

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Clothing chain Kohl’s has announced it will begin accepting “free, convenient, unpackaged returns for Amazon customers” beginning in July, according to a press release. Kohl’s partnership with Amazon dates back to 2017, when the companies first began piloting the in-store ... Read More »

The NRHA All-Industry Conference Addresses the Changing Industry

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Competition in the home improvement industry is rapidly becoming more diverse and more challenging to get ahead of. And those competitors are bigger than just big boxes and e-commerce retailers. With shrinking big-box footprints, countless discount retailers and consumers who ... Read More »

Write Home About It: Chronicling Home Depot’s Start

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Bob Andelman wrote the book on Home Depot when he co-authored “Built From Scratch” with co-founders Bernard Marcus and Arthur Blank. The book was published in 1999 and charted the first 20 years of the company. It has gone on ... Read More »

Targeting Multiple Generations of Shoppers With Events

Retail events are attracting shoppers from across generations, but younger shoppers are the biggest fans. Nearly 50 percent of all U.S. consumers attended an in-store event in 2018, according to research from the National Retail Federation (NRF). More shoppers from ... Read More »

2019 Top Guns: Christine Hand

Christine Hand, Owner, Handyman Home Hardware, 2 Stores in Newfoundland, Canada Christine Hand purchased Handyman Home Hardware in Newfoundland, Canada, nearly 30 years ago from her father after initially working in software development. She has served on the Home Hardware Ltd. board of directors ... Read More »