As hardware retailers continue to look for ways to increase sales in a down economy, some have found a niche market in “Made in the USA” products.
With consumers keenly aware of the nation’s unemployment rate (currently at 9.4%) and motivated by value in their purchasing decisions, some retailers are reporting a growing number of consumers who are looking for American-made products.
It’s been nearly two months since Chicago-based True Value launched its new e-commerce site, and in that time the hardware co-op has seen traffic to TrueValue.com triple.
The new site already features more than 22,000 SKUs of its core assortments in accordance with its Destination True Value format.
Education is at the forefront of this year’s National Association of Home Builders, or NAHB, International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla.
The event features more than 190 educational breakout sessions, offering a wave of information on green building, sustainability, sales and marketing, architectural design, community planning, business management, and innovation and technology.