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Interactive Smart Home

NHS Smart Home

Last year, the National Hardware Show (NHS) responded to current and projected growth in the smart home industry with a new display in the middle of the Homewares vendor area. The Interactive Smart Home allowed visitors to walk through a …

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Future of Home Automation

Home Automation

The world of the Jetsons we enjoyed as kids is no longer a futuristic cartoon, out of reach. We may not have flying cars, but we have robots that vacuum and thanks to the internet of things, our homes provide …

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Pantone Color of the Year

Classic Blue

They say the classics never go out of style and, as we enter a new decade, color authority Pantone® has decided the world needs the stable foundation a classic color like Pantone 19-4052 Classic Blue provides.  “A boundless blue evocative …

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E-Commerce Sales Rise 18.8% in Holiday Season

Holiday sales grew 3.4 percent over 2018 levels, according to new data from Mastercard SpendingPulse reported by the Chicago Tribune. Notably, e-commerce sales grew by 18.8 percent, “marking the continuing change in how people shop,” according to the article. Sales …

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Emergency Prep

Emergency prep is a growing category at the National Hardware Show (NHS). From fires and floods to extreme wind and cold, home improvement retailers play a vital role in providing many of the supplies needed before, during and after emergencies. …

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Water Efficiency in the Home

Recently, efficiency standards for bathroom fixtures have been in the news. What that means for the EPA’s WaterSense label, the U.S. Energy Policy Act of 1992 and the state of manufacturing for these products is unclear. What is clear is …

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Good News on the Farm

For four decades the average age of farmers has been rising in the United States. According to the 2017 Census of Agriculture conducted by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistic Service, over one-third of America’s 3.4 million farmers are over the …

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Homebuilder Confidence Hits Highest Level Since 1999

homebuilder confidence

U.S. homebuilder confidence reached its highest level since June 1999, according to new data from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. The latest reading of home builder confidence was 76 basis points in December. Anything …

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