Hardware Retailing

SEP 2017

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 2017 102 Lessons From Swedish Retailers When I was living in Valencia, Spain, with Remote Year, I visited Byggmaterialhandlarna, the association serving the home improvement industry in Sweden. During my time in Sweden, Göran Sundström, former retailer and president of the Swedish Hardware Heritage Association, showed me around several independent hardware stores, each with something different to share. Store Signage at XL-BYGG XL-BYGG has nearly 100 store locations across Sweden that cater to professional and DIY customers. In addition to a wide range of products, XL-BYGG offers many services, and the company makes sure customers are aware of what it sells. In the front foyer of the Vasteras, Sweden, store, customers see a floor-to-ceiling list of the services offered. As soon as they walk in, customers know exactly what the store offers that big-box retailers may not. Stockholm, Sweden Start your week off right with the Hardware Retailing newsletter, which is packed with the latest industry news, retailer stories and association updates. Sign up now to get the newsletter delivered to your inbox every Monday. To subscribe to the newsletter, visit hardwareretailing.com/subscribe. Make Mondays Matter Operational Tips New Products Industry News

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