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 91 Sustainability Vendors are turning recycled plastics into planters, pots and patio furniture. Customers will feel better about buying a product that has kept trash out of the landfill. Similarly, reclaimed wood for furniture continues to be a strong trend. Outdoor Oasis Customers want relaxation and design in their outdoor spaces. That means having comfortable, upholstered furniture as stylish as its indoor counterparts. Outdoor lighting, plants and accessories make the space complete. Gourmet Outdoor Cooking Cooking enthusiasts are taking their skills outside and looking for fully equipped outdoor kitchens. Kitchen units may include barbecues, smokers and pizza ovens, along with other appliances, such as wine coolers. Form and Function Fire pits and grills are not just mundane objects meant to serve a function; consumers want them to be stylish and make an artistic statement in the yard, too. They can also create a conversation piece in the store. Urban Gardens City dwellers don't want to miss out on the outdoor living experience, even if they only have a small balcony or patio. Products reflecting this trend include hanging planters, portable grills and furniture designed for small spaces.

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