Hardware Retailing

SEP 2016

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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HARDWARE RETAILING | September 2016 98 Last Word W hile the idea of conducting business without technology seems nearly impossible, it wasn't that long ago that computers were still a new invention retailers had to decide whether or not to adopt in their stores. Hardware Retailing has been advising retailers over the years on evolving resources, helping them harness the power of the latest technological advances. Check out this timeline to see how the hardware industry has changed over the years. Timeline to Technology The magazine publishes "The Computer Age in Merchandising,"a 68-page overview of computers and their role in marketing and distribution. Writers explore the ways manufac- turers, retailers and wholesalers use them, and predict their future uses. 1968 Six years after the initial report on the computer age, Hardware Retailing dives into the subject again, looking at advancements. POS systems are a big topic in this issue, and distributor Moore-Handley utilizes POS terminals in all 42 company-owned stores. This allows cashiers to categorize products at the checkout, store the information and transmit it to another computer later. 1974 In the April 2000 issue of the magazine, the article "Bricks and Clicks: Building a Stronger Store With the Web," recommends retailers use the Internet to complement, rather than clash with, their brick-and- mortar businesses. 2000 Hardware Retailing helps retailers determine what kind of computer retailers should introduce to their stores. A "Retail Computer Checklist" is included, asking questions like, "Do I need a computer?" and "Do I need additional control over accounts receivable?" as well as, "Are there some that would be better off not computerized?" 1983 This issue includes a 24-page feature that again focuses on the future of computers. It contains case studies and digs deeper into electronic data processing (EDP). 1980 This current issue of the magazine is jam-packed with the latest ways technology is now incorporated into homes and home improvement stores. Consumers and retailers alike are looking for high-tech tools to make their lives easier. 2016 At this point, the internet has become an important part of the industry, and now retailers are looking at mobile opportunities. As smartphones and tablets are more mainstream, Hardware Retailing looks at how retailers are staying on trend. A QR code is featured on the cover. 2012

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