National Hardware Show Industry Edge

National Hardware Show Industry Edge

Products for an Urban Lifestyle

May 11, 2016

Over the last few years, there has been a renewed interest in urban living. In many areas of the country, once-tired neighborhoods are being revitalized, and Millennials are seeking walkable communities that offer amenities such as shopping, entertainment, restaurants, and groceries... Read More >>


Trend-spotting at the National Hardware Show®

May 3, 2016

The 71st National Hardware Show® opens today and, as per attendees’ preferences, it’s heavily focused on products, especially new product innovations and trends. During the last year, we at Industry Edge have endeavored to highlight many home improvement trends... Read More >>


Gardening Ideas for Those with Mobility Issues

April 27, 2016

With more seniors wanting to age in place, as well as individuals with disabilities wanting to live more independent lifestyles, builders, manufacturers and retailers are thinking of ways to provide products and amenities that accommodate those with limited mobility... Read More >>


Special Report: What to Expect at the 2016 National Hardware Show®

April 19, 2016

The plane tickets are ordered and the hotel is booked for the 2016 National Hardware Show®, to be held Wednesday, May 4 through Friday, May 6, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. So, what’s next?... Read More >>


Residential Fire Suppression Systems

April 13, 2016

Each year, thousands of people die in house fires, and thousands more are injured. Additionally, an average of 7.1 billion dollars in property damage results from these fires, and according to the National Fire Protection Association, the number one origin point is the kitchen..... Read More >>


3 Ways to Excel in Housewares

April 6, 2016

Standing out from the crowd in the housewares department can take some out-of-the-box thinking. Many stores have excelled in grabbing consumer attention, and by doing so, they have increased sales in this competitive niche..... Read More >>


Be a Bee Hero

March 30, 2016

A serious issue facing world food production is the loss of plant pollinators, and more specifically, bees. In the United States and other countries, bees account for the majority of crop pollination, and commercial farmers (as well as home gardeners) rely upon bees to help them achieve a bountiful harvest..... Read More >>


3 Trends in Lawn and Garden Decor

March 23, 2016

Some new design trends are popping up for Spring 2016 with nods toward modern design, whimsical products, and a touch of vintage decor. According to a recent study by Houzz.com, the majority of homeowners undertaking landscape renovations are making their spaces more conducive.... Read More >>


Special Report: Trends in Outdoor Living

March 16, 2016

Numerous reports over the past couple of years have indicated that spending time in the great outdoors can have multiple health benefits. While not everyone can get away for time in the park or the forest, consumers can create an outdoor sanctuary for relaxation and entertaining right in their own backyards... Read More >>


Inspirations from the Tiny House Movement

March 9, 2016

One of the growing housing trends is the move toward smaller, more efficient living spaces, much of which has been spurred on by the Tiny House Movement, a social trend where homeowners downsize to homes of 400 square feet or less. From this movement, homeowners can gain a wide variety of inspiration to use in their dwellings, no matter the size.... Read More >>


Made in America Movement Continues Its Momentum

March 2, 2016

A study of more than 1,000 consumers conducted last year by the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) determined more than half indicated they had made a greater effort in the last year to buy more Made in America products... Read More >>


4 Trends in Backyard BBQs for 2016

February 24, 2016

Although die-hard grilling enthusiasts never let cold weather get in the way of outdoor cooking, spring often heralds the barbecue season. Here are a few trends in backyard BBQs to look for in 2016... Read More >>


Special Report: 8 DIY Trends for 2016

February 17, 2016

A renewed interest in the DIY movement has sparked a number of trends in the hardware and home improvement arena. Thanks to websites like Pinterest, open-source maker communities, and DIY project and home improvement sites... Read More >>


Remodeling with Multi-generational Families in Mind

February 10, 2016

According to the Joint Center of Housing Studies at Harvard University, home remodeling should continue to grow in 2016. Read More >>


New Trends in Kitchen Backsplashes

February 3, 2016

As the economy continues to move in a positive direction, consumer spending on home remodels is expected to increase. Read More >>


Consumers Have Their Eyes on the Skies with Drones

January 27, 2016

A September 2015 article at Fortune.com reported that personal drone sales for the holiday season were projected to top over 1 million units. And while the numbers aren’t in at this time, it is safe to say that 2015 could prove to be the Year of the Drone. Read More >>


Green Still on Trend in Building

January 20, 2016

Consumer interest in sustainable products has been growing, including in the areas of home construction and building products. Increasingly, environmentally conscious and savvy consumers have been seeking out green homes—those that meet resource-efficiency and waste-reduction standards. Read More >>


Space Age Design to Improve Quality of Life

January 13, 2016

Product design has often reflected the social and economic climate of the times. Yet instead of being a reflection of the outside world, one company seeks to drive change in order to improve the lives of consumers. Read More >>


Big Sky Dreaming: Innovations in Hardware

January 6, 2016

Over the past several years, alternatives in financing have created a boon of new products. Crowd-funding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo are bringing together inventors and investors to bring innovative products to the market faster than ever. Read More >>


Accenting Walls with Hardwood

December 23, 2015

Wood flooring has had a long-standing popularity, but it isn’t just for floors anymore. A trend that has emerged over the last few years is the use of natural materials to create accent walls; wood flooring is part of this trend, and the finished results can be stunning. Read More >>


Special Report: Become the Headquarters for Disaster Readiness & Recovery

December 16, 2015

Tornados, snowstorms, hurricanes, and floods cause billions of dollars in damage every year and can displace residents from their homes or interrupt critical utility services. Retailers play a vital role in supporting their communities before, during and after bad weather events. Read More >>


The Future of Farming Could be All Wet

December 9, 2015

A recent issue of Popular Science magazine discussed how changes in both the environment and technology have led to innovative trends in food production. Read More >>


Bathroom Trends for 2016

December 2, 2015

Home remodeling will continue to see growth throughout 2016 and one area consumers are always looking to update is the bathroom. Read More >>


2016 Lighting Trends

November 25, 2015

Good lighting is a key component of any home. It provides illumination for safety and task completion, it sets the mood for a space, and it can enhance a room’s decor. Read More >>


Special Report - Top Wish List Items for Christmas

November 18, 2015

The holiday shopping season is upon us, and according to the National Retail Federation (www.nrf.com), consumer spending will be higher in 2015 than in previous years, which is terrific news for retailers. Consumers will be looking for a wide range of products to fulfill their holiday wish lists, giving retailers the opportunity to guide them to the perfect gift. Read More >>


Trends in Kitchen Features – Recycled Glass

November 11, 2015

Products that are eco-friendly and sustainable remain in high demand among consumers, and kitchen products are no exception. Read More >>


Hot Paint Colors for 2016

November 4, 2015

Reconnecting with the senses appears to be a theme among the 2016 paint lines. Soothing neutrals, pops of color, and incorporation of bright white allow the consumer to create high-impact and thoughtful environments in which to play or relax. Read More >>


Beyond Canning: Trends in Food Preservation

October 27, 2015

In the 1970s, a back-to-the-land movement gained momentum. Today, a similar movement is happening among Millennials, albeit an updated version that relies on green urban living rather than a migration to rural areas. Read More >>


Winter Comfort: Humidifiers and Space Heaters

October 20, 2015

As much as we hate to admit it, winter is right around the corner, and with it comes cold, dry air.Read More >>


Trends in Paint

October 14, 2015

Weather is not the only thing turning cold this season; paint colors have also transitioned from warm tones to cooler hues. Design experts agree that gray is the hot new neutral, replacing taupe and beiges in popularity. Read More >>


3 Products That Make Pet Engagement Easy

October 7, 2015

Convenience is a growing reason people upgrade their homes, and pet products are no exception. Read More >>


Special Report - Home Safety

October 7, 2015

Observances throughout September and October highlight critical home-safety issues that retailers can help customers avoid through strong product selection and education. Read More >>