Featured Stories

Draw in More Goblins and Ghouls with Fun Window Displays

October 4, 2016

Creative and fun window displays can pull customers into a store, increasing foot traffic and interest. According to the visual merchandiser for Cole’s Hardware in San Francisco, who was featured in an article on Entrepeneur.com about winning...

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A Recipe for Selling More Slow Cookers

September 27, 2016

Fall is in the air, and winter is right around the corner, and with the colder seasons (and the holidays), consumers will be turning to heartier comfort foods to warm them up and make them feel more connected to family and home. With this in mind,...

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6 Essential Fall Tools for Hobby Farms & Orchards

September 27, 2016

Fall means harvest time, and for customers with hobby farms and orchards, the right tools can help them quickly accomplish necessary chores and get back to enjoying time with family and friends. For Orchards Some essential pieces for those who...

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5 Tips for Creating an Outdoor Recreation Niche

September 13, 2016

More people are enjoying the great outdoors, whether it’s in their own backyard or in one of the many public parks or green spaces available across the country. And, according to the Outdoor Industry Association, Americans spend $120.7 billion on...

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4 Window Trends

September 13, 2016

Many people don’t think about windows unless there is a problem, but due to increased options and an eye toward aesthetics, that is changing. Consumers are putting more thought into how their windows function on both mechanical and aesthetic...

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Gearing Up for Fall Cleanup

September 7, 2016

Fall is only a couple of weeks away, and home and garden fall cleanup is not far behind. With back-to-school already under their belts, consumers are looking forward to the upcoming holidays, and are already gearing up to tackle those projects meant...

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How Retailers Can Take Advantage of Popular Online DIY Sites

September 7, 2016

As more consumers turn to the Internet for how-to advice and instructions for do-it-yourself projects, retailers have a unique opportunity to capitalize on the phenomenon. While your store may run the occasional workshop, utilizing online DIY...

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How to Host a Pet Microchip and ID Day

August 30, 2016

Hardware and home improvement stores are an integral part of any community, and often, they can be central hubs of community activity. Community cleanup days, holiday DIY workshops, and other special events can help to draw customers to the store,...

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Ease of Use Products for Outdoor Enthusiasts

August 30, 2016

Consumers are always on the lookout for products that will fit their needs and be easy to use. Products with uncomplicated procedures, or with mechanics that assist the user in its operation, are a big plus, especially among Baby Boomers who may...

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Promoting Contractors is a Win-Win for Retailers

August 23, 2016

Most retailers rely on some level of contractor business, whether through a lumberyard that caters to builders or by supplying a handful of local tradespeople with parts and products they need to complete their work. No matter the percentage of...

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