Hardware Retailing

OCT 2018

Hardware Retailing magazine is the pre-eminent how-to management magazine for small business owners and managers in the home improvement retailing industry.

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October 2018 | HARDWARE RETAILING 47 Garage Openers A smart garage door opener lets users check the status of their garage door and open and close it even when they're not home. Since garages offer easy access to the home, security will be a big selling point for this device. Electrical Plugs Users can control whatever is connected to a smart plug via their device. Some plugs are low cost and are good starter devices for people new to the smart home idea. Try placing these plugs in impulse areas to encourage sales. Wireless Speakers Bluetooth speakers come in a range of price points and styles. Try merchandising them as an impulse item near the checkout counter or place them near the grills around tailgating season as an easy add-on sale. Smoke Detectors One of the benefits of a smart smoke detector is the ability to alert homeowners of a fire when they're away. Customers may be more likely to buy one if they understand the many ways it can make their home safer. Grill Accessories Smart grill thermometers allow users to monitor the temperature of the meat via a smartphone and then receive an alert when it's finished. This tool will help even those who are unsure about their grilling skills get perfect results. Lighting Controls Smart controls allow users to control their lights via voice or a mobile app. They also hold potential for energy savings. This is a good item to show home builders, remodelers or DIYers who want to upgrade their homes.

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