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Turning ‘Scrap’ Into Savings

Porters Building Center prides itself on providing whatever its customers need. From a full-service lumberyard to rental and hardware, the four-location business has built a loyal following for service and products. Yet one of its most desired products started as …

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Promote an Earth-Friendly Oasis for Birds, Bees, Pets and People


Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. By Renee Changnon, rchangnon@nrha.org E(scaping) Old Habits In the past 15 to 20 years, consumer preferences have changed, as they look for environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional lawn and garden …

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Retailers Want Truly Secure Credit Cards

Secure Credit Cards

Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. A new study from The National Retail Federation (NRF) finds that small business owners across the country are adopting new chip-and-signature credit card readers, but many still want increased credit …

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Highlights From 2017 Employee Compensation Report

Employee Compensation

Click the image above to see how data from the 2017 Employee Compensation Report appeared in Hardware Retailing‘s November issue. NRHA Presents Insights From New Report Retailers’ payroll expenses can be a critical part of their operations’ profitability. The North American Retail Hardware …

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NRHA Recommends: Read These Books on Leadership

NRHA Recommends

One of the many ways the North American Retail Hardware Association works to fulfill its mission is through training opportunities and supplemental training resources. In this flagship installment of NRHA Recommends, NRHA staff members Scott Wright, executive director of the Retail …

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Expert Advice: Practical Steps to Prep for Hurricanes and Floods


Scott Reynolds, president and CEO of Member Insurance, recently answered questions from Hardware Retailing about preparing for and recovering from catastrophic storms, such as the recent hurricanes and related flooding. Member Insurance is the largest provider of insurance to independent hardware …

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Oklahoma Waterfall Brings Torrents of Visitors

Oklahoma Waterfall

Eighteen years ago when Doug Witworth decided to create a waterfall outside his store in Vinita, Oklahoma, to promote his water gardening category, he didn’t think he was creating a roadside attraction. “We just thought it would be fun to …

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Training: Where to Begin With Young Leaders

young leader

Meet hypothetical retail employee and young leader, Joe. Joe started working for the local hardware store in his town as a cashier at age 16 and continued through high school and college. Afterward, he decided to continue his career with …

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