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3 Trends in Outdoor Living

May 23, 2017

At the 2017 National Hardware Show®, many trends stood out to those who strolled the convention floor. Here are three trends in the outdoor living categories that garnered the most interest. Outdoor Living & Lawn and Garden: Vertical...

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9 New Products from the National Hardware Show®

May 16, 2017

The 2017 National Hardware Show® in Las Vegas has wrapped, and as expected, many new and innovative products were on display. All categories were well represented with new products. Here is a sampling of what is available to the...

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3 Trends in Outdoor Categories for 2017

May 9, 2017

Outdoor recreation is a strong economic driver in the U.S, generating up to $887 billion in consumer spending per year and boosting economies in small rural communities and densely populated cities, according to the Outdoor Industry Association. Due...

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Comforts on the Job Site

May 2, 2017

Pro customers make up 20 to 50 percent of sales and more for many retailers. Beyond addressing the basic needs of contractor customers, sellers may consider innovative tools and equipment that keep pros safe, healthy and comfortable on the job....

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Repurposing: 9 Hardware Products with Alternative Uses

April 25, 2017

Thanks to Pinterest and other online crafting blogs and websites, many common hardware items are now being used in new and unique ways, giving products multiple purposes. For retailers who are interested in marketing alternative uses for products to...

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Healthy Living the Hardware Way

April 19, 2017

One of the more popular ongoing trends is healthy living. Whether it is seeking out plant-based cleaning products containing no VOCs, outfitting homes with the latest appliances and technologies for food preparation or seeking specialty diets to...

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So Convenient: 10 Products that Make Life Easier for Homeowners

April 11, 2017

Consumers are always on the lookout for products and appliances that simplify their daily routines, perform tasks for them or accommodate their lives as they raise families or age in place. These products can be found in practically every category...

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Teacup Succulents

March 28, 2017

Succulents are the hot new houseplants for 2017. Retailers with houseware or giftware categories who are stuck with slightly damaged, odd or slow-moving mugs or teacups can now repurpose those items into the perfect pots for popular succulents. A...

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Hardware Goes High Fashion

March 28, 2017

With the growing popularity of crafting and the increasing number of craft bloggers, unique and alternative uses for products has become the norm, even in hardware. Items like drawer pulls, metal pipes and flooring are being repurposed in many...

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Dealing With Dead Inventory

March 15, 2017

Retail shelf space has high value, and any inventory that is taking up space for too long should be cleared away to make room for products that sell. What to do with dead inventory is a concern for most retailers. Fortunately, there are ways to deal...

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