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2 Niches for Spring

March 28, 2017

We’ve included many articles about niches in Industry Edge for good reasons. Specialty products can boost sales, draw in new customers and create a sense of community, especially for small retailers. So, for spring, why not consider adding...

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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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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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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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3 Tips for Growing Better Garlic

March 15, 2017

Garlic is generally considered a fall plant, but there are many varieties that can be planted in the spring for fall harvest, allowing consumers to grow garlic year-round. To help customers get the most out of their harvest, here are three tips to...

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Low-Maintenance Shutters

March 15, 2017

As a general rule, low- and no-maintenance products are popular among consumers. (Retailers only have to look at the home automation category to witness the phenomenon firsthand.) Now, shutters are joining the ranks of low-maintenance...

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A New Product to Track Sleep

March 15, 2017

Getting the optimal amount of sleep is a must for anyone, and the world of internet of things and home automation is helping consumers do just that. The latest in sleep tracking devices is the Sense by Hello. Unlike devices that need to be set up...

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Man Cave Storage Solutions

March 15, 2017

Man caves are a place where guys can kick back, relax and have all of those things that won’t go with the decor of the rest of the house. So, what are some ways retailers can assist in making man caves havens for those who use them? By offering...

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Headlines: March 15, 2017

March 15, 2017

6, The number of design trends expected in kitchens for 2017.  298,000, The number of jobs added to private companies in February, a three-year high.  2, The number of days J.C. Penney will take to do a bathroom refresh in some markets as...

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Could a Childproofing Niche Be Right for Your Store?

March 15, 2017

According to a 2016 North American Retail Hardware Association poll, 16.7 percent of consumers shop for child safety products in home improvement stores (8.3 percent at independent hardware stores). The number isn’t high, but that could mean...

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