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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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The Latest in Portable LED

August 23, 2016

One of the newest trends in clothing and home decor is the use of lights integrated into the fabric or structure of a piece. While LED rope lights have been a popular go to, especially in more structural pieces, such as illuminating the underside of...

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Who is the Inventor Lady?

August 10, 2016

One of the hundreds of exhibitors at the 2016 National Hardware Show® was The Inventor Lady. The Inventor Lady, Rita Crompton, is the founder of FLeCusa International, a resource and consulting provider that helps new and existing inventors...

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Making Outdoor Spaces More Like Indoor Spaces

August 10, 2016

The trend of bringing the comfort of indoor spaces outside when it comes to entertaining is still going strong. Not only are outdoor kitchens popular, but outdoor lounge and seating areas also continue to trend toward a living room aesthetic. One...

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Women’s Work Wear

August 3, 2016

Whether its working on a landscaping project, taking care of livestock on the ranch, or being part of a construction crew, women are demanding heavy-duty work wear that is comfortable and performs well for the task at hand. One company women can...

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The Latest in Home Safes

August 3, 2016

Keeping personal property secure is a high priority for many consumers, and one way to help secure those important items is by locking them in a home safe. Safe sizes can range from transportable lockboxes to more substantial units capable of...

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DEET Alternatives for Insect Repellants

July 27, 2016

For close to 50 years, DEET has been an industry staple in the fight against mosquitos and other biting insects. However, due to some factors, such as the feel of product on skin, its negative effects on some fabrics and other materials, and because...

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Latest in Ergonomic Painting Tools

July 27, 2016

With the aging population, as well as with consumers concerned about reducing injury and remaining comfortable while doing repair or DIY projects, ergonomic tools can be a good fit. Two ergonomic products highlighted at the 2016 National...

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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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