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Amanda Bell

Amanda Bell was an assistant editor of Hardware Retailing and NRHA. Amanda regularly visited with home improvement retailers across the country and attended industry events and seminars. She earned a degree in magazine journalism from Ball State University and has received honors for her work for Hardware Retailing from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.

Evolution of the Big Box

To watch the full video, click here. With contradicting rumors flying around about home improvement big boxes it’s hard to tell whether these mega-chains are cannibalizing themselves or gaining consumer popularity through improved customer service. It’s time to give the …

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Store of the Future

To watch the full video, click here. From merchandising solutions, cutting edge marketing techniques and retailing how-to tips, this webcast will explore the landscape of the future of the home improvement industry. Make sure you’re positioned for future success by …

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Good, Old-Fashioned Fun

Cruise the aisles of Rick Parker’s store in historic downtown Richmond, Ind., and you’ll quickly know what he’s about: Fun. From the old-fashioned soda machine in the store’s Italian market all the way up the wooden stairs to the blues …

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Parker True Value: Redefining the Traditional Niche

To watch the full video, click here. Rick Parker, owner of Richmond Hardware in Richmond, Ind., has found a way to incorporate his many interests into his business by expanding into an Italian market, screen-printing business and blues club. In …

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Employee Motivation

To watch the full video, click here. As the old adage says—a happy employee makes for a happy customer. This webcast will explore simple yet effective ways to create a positive working environment for employees. Try some of these tips …

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A Look Around McGuckin Hardware

To watch the full video, click here. With 18 departments and 60,000 square feet of selling space, McGuckin Hardware in Boulder, Colo., has made a name for itself as the place that carries everything. Randy Dilkes, store manager, tells us …

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Attracting Contractor Customers Through Tool Sales

To watch the full video, click here. Joe Araiza of Ganahl Lumber discusses how the company has positioned itself as the go-to place for contractors and professionals looking to stock up on hand and power tools. From hosting demo days …

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The Keys to Employee Motivation

To watch the full video, click here. Mark Schulein, president of Crown Ace Hardware, manages 320 employees across his 17 stores. Hear Schulein share his secrets to keeping his employees motivated.

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