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What Housing Holds

A Q&A with Abbe Will about the housing market Abbe Will is a research associate and associate project director of the Remodeling Futures Program for the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. Hardware Retailing spoke to Will about …

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Small Businesses Remain Optimistic

A Q&A with Holly Wade about the economy Holly Wade is the executive director of the NFIB Research Center, where she conducts original research and studies public policy effects on small businesses. She produces NFIB’s monthly Small Business Economic Trends …

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Canadian Retailers See Chaotic Rebound

Market Measure

The Canadian retail hardware industry has weathered similar conditions to its southern neighbors through much of 2020. But before the pandemic, sales by the industry overall were facing negative growth at the end of 2019 for the first time since …

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Market Measure 2020: The Industry’s Annual Report

Market Measure

Years from now, when our children and grandchildren are studying history, there will almost certainly be a chapter in their virtual textbooks that focuses on 2020. One might easily argue that 2020 will be remembered among the most influential years …

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COVID-19 Has Changed Consumer Buying Preferences

Consumer Buying Preferences

Anxiety about COVID-19 has shifted where and how people will shop for the holidays.  Research from professional services firm Deloitte shows that more than half of shoppers feel anxious about in-store shopping due to the pandemic.  Independent home improvement retailers …

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Save Time and Money With NHPA Business Services

NHPA Business Services

Running a home improvement operation requires your full attention. One way NHPA supports independent home improvement retailers is by developing partnerships with trusted business services organizations. Learn more about these services below or visit YourNHPA.org/business-services. Health Insurance Health insurance is …

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NHPA’s Disruption Series Now Available to Stream

disruption series

After the success of the National Hardware Virtual Show and the NRHA All-Industry Conference, the North American Hardware and Paint Association (NHPA) is proud to offer a full suite of informative videos to train and inspire independent home improvement retailers. …

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Using Professional Development to Improve an Operation

Ace Hardware Store

Good leadership requires constant individual growth. That’s why Brian Kabat, owner of Kabat’s Ace Hardware in Arizona, considers ongoing professional development to be an important part of his career.  Kabat has stepped away from daily operations at his five stores …

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2020 Market Measure

Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 2 P.M. ET