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Smart Ovens

February 24, 2016

Just a few years ago, voice-activated home appliances was the stuff of science fiction; today,fiction has become a reality, thanks to the development of smart technology that allows homeowners to communicate with everyday kitchen...

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Backpacking and Camping Trends

February 24, 2016

Spring is right around the corner, and many consumers are dreaming of outdoor activities. Whether camping, backpacking, hunting, or spending a few days at the lake, these activities not only are a great way to enjoy the great outdoors, they are...

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Built-in Features for Pets

February 24, 2016

According to a January 2016 article in REALTOR Mag (http://realtormag.realtor.org/home-and-design/feature/article/2016/01/power-pets), the number of homebuyers who want pet-friendly residences is climbing. And with close to 50 percent of U.S....

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Products that Mimic Aged Wood

February 24, 2016

The use of reclaimed wood in decorative projects has become one of the hottest trends over the last year. But for consumers, good quality reclaimed lumber isn’t always easy to source, or is cost-prohibitive. Luckily, there are several products...

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February 24, 2016

February 24, 2016

6, The percentage gift card sales grew from 2014 to 2015, driven by the Millennials’ preference for the plastic purchasing power, according to a recent study.View Source 21, The percentage of consumers who participated in a Bizrate Insights...

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3 Hiring Assessment Tests for Retailers

February 24, 2016

Improvements in accuracy and accessibility of assessment tests over the last few years is quickly replacing trial employment periods and boosting new hire retention rates to the benefit of many businesses’ bottom lines, including eight out of...

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4 Trends in Backyard BBQs for 2016

February 24, 2016

Although die-hard grilling enthusiasts never let cold weather get in the way of outdoor cooking, spring often heralds the barbecue season. Here are a few trends in backyard BBQs to look for in 2016. Smokers: A growing number of consumers are...

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Special Report: 8 DIY Trends for 2016

February 17, 2016

A renewed interest in the DIY movement has sparked a number of trends in the hardware and home improvement arena. Thanks to websites like Pinterest, open-source maker communities, and DIY project and home improvement sites (like...

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Living with Insects

February 10, 2016

When homeowners talk about bugs in their homes, most retailers automatically recommend various eradication products. However, in some situations, consumers aren’t seeking to eliminate insects, but rather to live symbiotically with...

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Glass Doors for Showers and Tubs

February 10, 2016

Among the current trends in bathrooms is the use of glass enclosures for showers and tubs. Glass allows for light to flow unrestricted through the space, and in the case of clear glass doors, the line of sight is unimpeded, making bathrooms appear...

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