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Help Customers With These Memorial Day Projects

Memorial Day isn’t just a day of remembrance and the unofficial start of the summer. It’s a well-known weekend for outdoor events, IndyCar’s Indianapolis 500 and, most importantly to independent retailers, home projects. Whether it’s sprucing up an entertainment space ... Read More »

Interacting With a Smart Home

In 2019, there are few products for the home—from security systems to toasters—that don’t feature some smart technology. Driven by the category’s continued growth, the 2019 National Hardware Show® introduced an Interactive Smart Home. The Show was held last week ... Read More »

Cybercrime: Know Your Risk

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If your hardware store or lumberyard uses a laptop or accepts credit cards, your business is at risk. Cybercriminals don’t just direct attacks on mega corporations; small businesses are a prime target for cybercriminals because they can be an easy ... Read More »

Take the Party Outside With Backyard Games

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From old-fashioned yard games like bocce ball, sack races and horseshoes to brand new options like Spikeball and Rollors, outdoor games make a great addition to a tailgating and outdoor recreation department. Some retailers have even had luck locally sourcing ... Read More »

Popular Summer Bulbs

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After the last frost, it’s time for the planting of summer bulbs. Popular with gardeners and homeowners, summer-blooming, spring-planted bulbs are generally low maintenance and can add drama to landscaping, especially when tucked amongst perennials or planted in patterns. Bulbs, ... Read More »

Outdoor Living Ideas for 2019

Outdoor living trends are evolving along with consumers, and independent hardware retailers must respond with updated product selections and styles to keep pace. From new furniture options to the latest in outdoor cooking appliances, the modern outdoor space is more ... Read More »

Sink Into Inventory and Services to Attract Plumbing Pros

Independent retailers put great emphasis on providing fantastic customer service. When done correctly, this focus on making every customer feel welcome can yield great dividends across the spectrum of DIYers and pro plumbing customers. There’s a reason we all crave ... Read More »

Good Leaders Are Learners

For trendsetters, the learning never ends, especially for retailers looking to improve their leadership skills and grow their businesses. These leaders are always on the lookout for ways to improve. Fortunately, there’s an organization dedicated to helping independent home improvement ... Read More »