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Outdoor Living Selling Guide and Resources

Outdoor living is a growing category for retailers, as more consumers are putting emphasis on their outdoor living areas. Homeowners are renovating and adding to their patios to create entertaining, eating and living spaces that add more functional square footage. To better …

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Five Trends in Outdoor Living

To download a PDF of this story, click here. To download the Outdoor Living Selling Guide, visit hardwareretailing.com/outdoor-resources.  Light Up the Yard and Fire Up the Grill Five Trends Taking Over Outdoor Spaces The backyard has always been recognized as a spot for people to …

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Lawn and Garden Trends Spotted at IGC East

Hardware Retailing representatives, Graeme Haase and Sara Logel, attended the Independent Garden Center Show (IGC East) in Baltimore at the beginning of August. While at the show, they listened to Martha Stewart’s keynote speech, sat in on educational seminars and walked the …

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Share Your Local Identity

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The shop-local movement is sweeping neighborhoods and Main Streets across America. Many consumers are starting to understand the benefits small businesses provide their hometowns, and they are shopping at local stores for that reason. Therefore, it is important to share …

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Retail Sales Up for Building Materials, Garden Supplies

U.S. retail and food sales in July increased from June, and building material and garden supply dealers saw sales increase by 0.7 percent in that time, according to estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. Overall retail trade sales were up 0.6 percent from …

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Ways to Promote Job Openings

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Keeping employees motivated and excited about their work is difficult. Some retailers say they have difficulty finding hard-working employees in the first place and then retaining them are even more challenging. So how do retailers find employees and promote job …

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Gardening Trends Spotted at the IGC Show in Baltimore

The Independent Garden Center (IGC) Show in Baltimore has been the spot this week to find new and innovative products for expanding and diversifying garden center inventories. The IGC Show also provided attendees with an outlook on incoming industry trends, and Hardware Retailing was out on the floor looking …

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Lowe’s Moves to Manhattan

Consumers are moving back to large metropolitan areas, and big-box retailers are scrambling to join them. Lowe’s is next in line, with two new stores planned for New York City. In less than two weeks, Lowe’s will open a store on the corner …

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