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Matte Black Takeover

There are few areas of the home that haven’t been touched by the color black. From windows and flooring to appliances and lighting, designers and manufacturers have included black options in every accent and focus piece available for the home. …

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Further Growth Predicted for Home Improvement Market

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Low unemployment, solid existing home sales and growth in product sales in 2018 are among the reasons the Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) projects continued sales increases for products in the U.S. home improvement industry.  The consumer market for home …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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