Special Report

SPECIAL REPORT: 5 Trends in Outdoor Living

March 21, 2017

Spring has sprung, and consumers will be looking to refresh and renew their outdoor living spaces. Decks, patios, yards and other landscaping are all in line for seasonal updates, so here are a few trends that consumers might be interested in...

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SPECIAL REPORT: DIY Trends for Spring

February 21, 2017

Soon consumers will be looking toward spring home improvement projects to clear out the staleness of the past year and move into the new one. Some trends for 2017 include updating home color palettes, do-it-yourself building projects, a rising...

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SPECIAL REPORT: Retail Smarts – Customer Service

January 17, 2017

The Power of Appreciation January is National Thank You Month, which makes now the perfect time to give some appreciation to the customers who supported hardware retailers and home improvement centers through 2016 and a successful holiday season....

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SPECIAL REPORT: 2017 Product Forecast

December 21, 2016

With 2016 drawing to a close, attention turns to the possible trends and product forecasts for 2017. Below, we highlight products in four categories expected to shine in the new year. Home Automation The integration of home services into an...

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SPECIAL REPORT: Retail Smarts – Professional Development

November 15, 2016

Most retailers understand that staff trained in product knowledge, sales techniques and project solutions provide better customer service and can positively impact the store’s bottom line. Yet, according to the North American Retail Hardware...

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SPECIAL REPORT: 2017 Color Trends

October 18, 2016

Color Trend Forecast for 2017 Paint manufacturers have released their top color predictions for the New Year. Restlessness, adventure and individuality, along with trends from the runway, movies, eco-living, the foodie movement, and world events,...

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Special Report: Home Safety Product Trends

September 21, 2016

Home safety is one of the top priorities of homeowners and renters alike, but it’s also one that doesn’t receive a lot of thought until it is needed. Retailers can help keep home security top of mind for customers by creating displays that pull...

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SPECIAL REPORT: Eco-Friendly Living

August 16, 2016

Consumer interest in energy efficiency, water conservation and sustainable and eco-friendly products has been growing, including in the areas of home improvement and building products. Thanks to improvements in smart technology and manufacturing, a...

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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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Special Report: Celebrating Independent Retailer Month

June 21, 2016

6 Tips for Promoting Independent Retail July is Independent Retailer Month, the perfect time to remind customers that shopping locally is important. It has always been believed that small businesses fortify their communities, but now there is...

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