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Participate in the 2022 Cost of Doing Business Study

2022 Cost of Doing Business Study

Each year, the North American Hardware and Paint Association’s (NHPA) Cost of Doing Business Study delivers data and insights that allow retailers to increase their profits and strategize for the future. NHPA is now inviting hardware store, home center, lumberyard …

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Customer Insights in Light of Product and Material Shortages

Trends - Consumer Insights

According to the Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI), 59.2% of customers shop at the same store for home improvement products regardless of what products they are shopping for, but 73.8% will buy a product at another store before waiting on …

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Take the Home Improvement Industry New Manager Insights Survey

manager survey

No matter how much experience you come in with, becoming a new manager comes with plenty of challenges. The North American Hardware and Paint Association is looking for managers who can share insights into what they’ve learned since they became …

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NHPA Insights on E-Commerce and Retail Technology

e-commerce insights

Because the landscape of retail technology and e-commerce has changed dramatically in the last few years, the North American Hardware and Paint Association (NHPA) asked independent retailers to share their insights on how their approach to or thoughts on retail …

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An Analysis of Paint and Decorating Outlet Performance

paint data

The 2021 Cost of Doing Business Study presents the North American Hardware and Paint Association’s (NHPA) annual financial and operational profile of independent hardware stores, home centers, lumber and building materials outlets and paint and decorating outlets.  This study assesses …

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Market Measure: The Industry’s Annual Report

expert analysis

Another remarkable year for the home improvement industry is complete, and while at this point last year many retailers couldn’t fathom breaking the records 2020 brought, 2021 was a banner year, again. The annual Market Measure report highlights the growth …

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Unprecedented Sales Activity in Canada

expert analysis

Provided By Michael McLarney, Managing Director, Hardlines, NHPA Canada As the economy opens up and consumers begin spending money on travel and other sectors, Canadian retailers have a wait-and-see attitude to determine whether spending will detract from home improvement sales. …

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Home Improvement Research Institute: Year in Review


Entering 2021, many within the home improvement industry proceeded with caution. Even though 2020 was rife with heartache, turmoil and disruption at a global level, home improvement was one of the few shining stars. Homeowners took their forced time at …

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