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Design Trends for the New Year

Whether customers decide to make improvements where they are or go for their dream home, retailers can anticipate growth in building supply sales in 2020. Luxuries—big and small—are trending in both new construction and renovations.   Board and Batten Siding. The …

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Award-Winning Products for the New Year

Visitors from around the globe attending the National Hardware Show list discovering new products as the main reason for attending every year, and the 2019 Show didn’t disappoint. Beyond new vendors, the NHS crew once again offered the New Product …

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Purging for the Holidays

Before gifts are given and guests are invited to dinner, most homeowners and apartment dwellers need to declutter and donate unwanted items. Retailers can make that process easier by providing a variety of organizational items, like closet and drawer organizers, …

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Award Winning Homewares Products

During the National Hardware Show, awards are handed out for products in many of the prime home improvement categories, including Housewares/Homewares. The NHS Homewares Awards, sponsored by HomeWorld Business, highlight the “Best in Class” in the housewares/homewares product category. The …

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Black Friday and Small Business Saturday Spur Sales

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Americans spent more on Black Friday 2019 than ever before, according to new data from USA Today and financial technology firm Fiserv Inc. Both online and in-store sales grew over 2018 figures, according to the firm. Brick-and-mortar sales grew by …

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Do Brands Need Amazon?

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In November, Nike said it would no longer sell its merchandise on Amazon. Instead, the company would focus on its own direct-to-consumer e-commerce sales. The decision is creating uncertainty as to how strongly established brands should rely on the e-commerce …

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Holiday Décor Trends

Gift purchases are not the only driver of sales during the holiday season. More Americans than ever are visiting home improvement stores to purchase holiday decorations, dishes, figurines, wreathes and Christmas trees. These customers, looking to add some up-to-date cheer …

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Expert Perspective: The Growth of Dollar Stores

Many retail segments have contracted in recent years, but dollar stores are on the rise. They compete with home improvement businesses in several categories, such as small hardware items, cleaning supplies and other consumables. Neil Saunders, with data analytics company …

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