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Cybercrime: Know Your Risk

cyber crime

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

corn hole

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

summer bulbs

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 »

The Flea Life Cycle—and How You Can Stop It

Adult fleas are parasites of warm-blooded animals such as cats, dogs and humans. Under most situations, fleas will complete their life cycle within three to five weeks. They pass through four life stages: egg, larva, pupa and an adult stage. ... Read More »

Now’s the Time for EPLI

A former employee brings a lawsuit against your business, claiming he was retaliated against for filing a workers’ compensation claim. An employee quits and files a charge with the EEOC, claiming race discrimination. Charges against your business, claiming gender discrimination, ... Read More »