Featured Stories

Living with Insects

February 10, 2016

When homeowners talk about bugs in their homes, most retailers automatically recommend various eradication products. However, in some situations, consumers aren’t seeking to eliminate insects, but rather to live symbiotically with...

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Remodeling with Multi-generational Families in Mind

February 10, 2016

According to the Joint Center of Housing Studies at Harvard University, home remodeling should continue to grow in 2016 (http://www.jchs.harvard.edu/home-remodeling-activity-looking-gain-steam-through-mid-year). But remodeling is no longer...

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Addressing Security Concerns of Smart Homes

February 3, 2016

As the use of smart technology for the home continues to grow at a rapid pace, consumers are becoming more aware of the potential issues concerning the integration of technology into their everyday lives. Questions regarding the streamlining of...

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New Trends in Kitchen Backsplashes

February 3, 2016

As the economy continues to move in a positive direction, consumer spending on home remodels is expected to increase. According to the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, the 2016 second-quarter’s percentage of spending...

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Kits for Kids

January 27, 2016

Winter is a great time to create a niche of activity kits for kids. Activity kits not only encourage parents to come into the store seeking projects for cabin-feverish kids, they also create an opportunity to teach important skills to the next...

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Consumers Have Their Eyes on the Skies with Drones

January 27, 2016

A September 2015 article at Fortune.com (http://fortune.com/2015/09/29/drones-holiday-sales/) reported that personal drone sales for the holiday season were projected to top over 1 million units. And while the numbers aren’t in at this time,...

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Shopping Habits of Millennials

January 20, 2016

In retail, there is just as much buzz about Millennial shoppers as there is about their older counterparts, the Baby Boomers. Much like the Boomers, Millennials are value-conscious, but they prefer to seek out coupons and discounts online...

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Green Still on Trend in Building

January 20, 2016

Consumer interest in sustainable products has been growing, including in the areas of home construction and building products. Increasingly, environmentally conscious and savvy consumers have been seeking out green homes—those that meet...

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4 Book Recommendations for 2016

January 13, 2016

While a retailer’s job is never done no matter the season, winter is a great time to catch up on some much-needed reading. Below are four suggestions for wintertime reading that can give retailers insights into consumer behavior, growing trends...

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Space Age Design to Improve Quality of Life

January 13, 2016

Product design has often reflected the social and economic climate of the times. Yet instead of being a reflection of the outside world, one company seeks to drive change in order to improve the lives of consumers. In November 2015, the...

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