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SPECIAL REPORT: Best in Grills

July 19, 2016

Summertime is the height of grilling and barbequing season. Whether it’s a holiday, a get-together with family and friends, or just an attempt to keep the heat out of the kitchen, consumers love any excuse to fire up the grill. Many are also...

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Guiding Customers to Online Resources

July 12, 2016

In the age of information, consumers can become overwhelmed when seeking solutions for their home improvement and gardening needs. While retail staff can be a wealth of information and do a great deal to assist consumers, sometimes even they don’t...

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The Latest in Paint Accessories

July 12, 2016

The 2016 National Hardware Show® showcased several new products for the Paint and Accessories category. A few of these products, including several from the Inventors Spotlight, were: Ladder Shelf System by MM Design...

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Lining New Shelves

July 12, 2016

Coming in either adhesive or non-adhesive versions, and in multiple colors and patterns, shelf liner has been a staple home product for a long time, starting with cabinet shelves, then moving into bathrooms, closets, dressers, and now,...

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Get Moving with Ramps

July 12, 2016

Whether moving a lawnmower, an ATV, or larger equipment, loading ramps make the job simple. With designs from straight to arched, fixed or folding, consumers have a variety of movable ramps to choose from. A few include: Erickson...

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Get Protected

July 12, 2016

Whether for working construction, felling trees, mowing the lawn or shooting targets, hearing protection is a critical item in the safety equipment toolbox. A range of styles and protection levels are available, a few of which include:...

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Headlines: July 12, 2016

July 12, 2016

5 Headlines You May Have Missed 30, The percentage of 6,800 parents recently surveyed who say they will search out sales when shopping for back-to-school supplies this year. 10, The percentage of job gains in June that came from the retail...

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The Wal-Mart Effect and the Future of Retail

July 12, 2016

Most owners and operators understand the value of studying the competition as a way to stay ahead in innovation, borrow what’s working and better position themselves in the marketplace. But, what do retailers do when one competitor is not only the...

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Capitalizing on College Supply Lists

July 12, 2016

In just a month, college students will be heading back to school, and most will be looking to stock their dorms and student apartments with small appliances, storage solutions and other hardware-related products like these: The Bunk Buddy...

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Fairy Gardens Still On Trend

July 6, 2016

For the past couple of years, fairy gardens have gained and maintained popularity among those who enjoy whimsical container gardens. 2016 proves no different as consumers continue to exercise their creative side, adding new flair, as well as new...

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