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4 Ways to Break Store Boundaries, Boost Community Recognition

October 27, 2015

Many retailers know the benefits of participating in community activities like joining the Chamber of Commerce, donating to local charities, or sponsoring local teams or events. However, operators who experience slower traffic or are located off...

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Beyond Canning: Trends in Food Preservation

October 27, 2015

In the 1970s, a back-to-the-land movement gained momentum. Today, a similar movement is happening among Millennials, albeit an updated version that relies on green urban living rather than a migration to rural areas. One of the trends to...

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Hydroponics & Aquaponics for the Urban or Hobby Farm

October 20, 2015

Over the past several years, interest in personal food production has been increasing. Even in the urban setting, some individuals are devising ways to grow at least some of their food themselves, either in community garden spaces, or on...

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Cloud-based Technology for Home

October 20, 2015

Wemo (http://www.wemo.com/ ) Canary (http://canary.is/ ) Nest (https://nest.com ) Amazon Echo (http://www.amazon.com/Amazon-SK705DI-Echo/dp/B00X4WHP5E ) Angee (http://meetangee.com/#header) SmartThings...

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Bluetooth Technology for Power Tools

October 20, 2015

The use of Bluetooth technology on the jobsite has been somewhat limited to speakers for some time. Today, the technology goes beyond the radio, finding its way into the new generation of power tools, helping to increase productivity and limit...

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Wood-Grain Tile

October 20, 2015

Hardwood floors have had a long-standing tradition in home decor and continue to maintain a high degree of popularity. But hardwoods aren’t always the best choice in some applications. Luckily, there are ceramic and porcelain tile options that...

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October 20, 2015

October 20, 2015

55 The percentage of homeowners participating in Lowe’s Smart Home Survey who say they would prefer to buy their smart home products from home improvement...

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4 Ways to Develop Lifelong Customers

October 20, 2015

No matter where a home improvement retailer might be located, they are likely to see more families with young customers filling their aisles, and independent retailers are well-suited to turn these young shoppers into lifelong...

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Winter Comfort: Humidifiers and Space Heaters

October 20, 2015

As much as we hate to admit it, winter is right around the corner, and with it comes cold, dry air. To increase comfort during these colder months, consumers are turning to a range of personal space heaters and humidifiers that allow them to...

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Fall Prep for Winter Wild Bird Care

October 20, 2015

Fall is the perfect time to encourage bird enthusiasts to add a backyard bird sanctuary. According to the Wild Bird Feeding Industry (WBFI), one of the biggest problems facing birds is loss of habitat. Establishing and maintaining a backyard bird...

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