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A 2016 Outlook on Home Improvement Product Sales

The U.S. economy continues to improve, and home improvement product sales are up — factors that should only bode well for home improvement retailers. Total home improvement product sales increased in 2015, and are expected to grow even more in 2016 and …

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NRHA Kicks Off Route 66 Road Trip in Oklahoma

Road Trip

This week, Independent We Stand is road tripping to spread awareness about independent businesses across the country and the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) is going along for the ride. The Great American Route 66 Road Trip kicks off March 14 in Oklahoma City. …

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Trends Spotted at the 2016 International Home + Housewares Show


Retailers across several industries gathered in Chicago at the McCormick Center to check out the latest and greatest products and innovations to hit the market. Thousands of new items were on display at the 2016 International Home + Housewares Show (IH+HS), which ran March …

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Home Depot to Pay Consumers $19.5M in 2014 Data Breach Case

Home Depot

About two years after a data breach exposed payment card information from more than 50 million of its customers, The Home Depot has announced plans to compensate some of the shoppers, according to Money magazine. The company will set up a $13 million fund to …

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Nominate Your Main Street for Online Contest

Whether your local Main Street is already established or is in great need of a makeover, a new online contest promises to liven up one of America’s Main Streets and allows the country to have a hand in making it happen. On …

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Fab Labs: Workspaces for the Creative DIYer

Fab Labs

Here is a way to promote DIY projects that you may want to investigate: Fab Labs. The concept is part of a movement to provide everyday people, often in lower-income areas of the U.S., with access to laboratories for tinkering …

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Going Mini With the Tiny House Trend

Tiny Home Trend

If you’ve watched home design shows or you’ve browsed through Pinterest much, you may have seen examples of the homes attracting varying types of homeowners to the tiny house movement. According to The Tiny Life, a resource for people seeking information on tiny living, …

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Housing Trends to Reflect Millennial Preferences


Millennials are expected to start strongly impacting housing trends, with their preferences showing up in emphases on energy efficiency, smart home technology, workable kitchens and more casual spaces, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and Better Homes and Gardens. …

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