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Take a Tour: The New American Home 2016

The New American Home

Earlier this year, Hardware Retailing attended the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) annual event, the International Builders’ Show (IBS) during Design & Construction Week in Las Vegas. One of the most prominent features during the IBS show is a model home …

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Free Mother’s and Father’s Day Shop-Local Signage

Spring is here, and that means warmer weather has arrived and you are preparing events and promotions around two important holidays: Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. As you head into your busy season, take this opportunity to share your store’s …

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Use a Lenient Return Policy to Boost Sales

Ironically, one way to increase sales in your store is to have a lenient return policy. Big-box stores have figured it out. They’ve made it easy to return almost any item, sometimes even without a receipt. Retailers with lenient return …

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Route 66 With Renee: Local Love in Albuquerque

After hitting the road Tuesday, our Great American Route 66 Road Trip team found a spot to rest up and get ready for another day of driving and visiting local businesses in New Mexico. We enjoyed dinner at a local …

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More and More Millennials Are Heading to Suburbia

In the past few years, we’ve seen millennials who, after graduating from college, have chosen to live downtown or in an urban area (usually renting an apartment in the neighborhood of their choice). There’s plenty of nightlife and other activities …

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Route 66 With Renee: A Warm Welcome in Amarillo

After a wonderful second night’s sleep at the Colcord Hotel, The Great American Route 66 Road Trip crew was ready to kick off day two of the journey. We all piled in to our awesome Ram ProMaster City, which was …

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Route 66 With Renee: Local Charm in Oklahoma City

IWS Road Trip

Last summer, I road tripped with Independent We Stand to visit local retailers along a route from Detroit to Boston, helping celebrate and spread awareness of small businesses of all kinds, including hardware and home improvement stores. This week, I headed out again with three …

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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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