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New on the Web: Bonnie’s Outdoor Living

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The e-commerce site Bonnie’s Outdoor Living was recently launched by online entrepreneur Bonnie Wilson.

The Bradshaw, Neb.-based online retailer has an emphasis on outdoor activities, such as camping and boating, and it also offers categories including gardens, grills and bird-related merchandise. The site is linked to Bonnie’s Garden Statues, which has a focus firmly in home, decor and garden.

 

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Welcome to the new HCN.com

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Homechannelnews.com strives to deliver news you can use to improve your business, spot trends and stay ahead of the competition.

Our online resource just got better. With the launch of the new HCN.com, we’re able to deliver improved navigation, multimedia features and state-of-the-art search engine. Plus, it’s a cleaner, better looking website.

The editors believe that there is no finish line in the race to deliver the best content possible. We also believe that with this new site — and our new HCN Daily e-newsletter — we’re off to a good start. But what do you think? Let us know here.

Sincerely,
Ken Clark
Editor in chief

 

 

 

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Selection trumps expertise in shopping survey

BY HBSDEALER Staff

A study of consumer shopping habits in the tools and storage categories indicates a willingness to trade advice from knowledgeable staff for a wider assortment of goods. These were the conclusions from a survey conducted this month by The NPD Group, a market research firm based in Port Washington, N.Y.

Eighty-four percent of respondents indicated they prefer purchasing storage/organization and tool products at larger stores with many offerings, rather than at smaller stores with consultative sales staff, but limited stock.

“When it comes to holiday-related items, consumers seem willing to forego advice in favor of selection with the time-starved nature of the holiday season surely playing a role,” said Mark Delaney, director of The NPD Group’s home division. “Retailers who can meet their needs quickly, and in one stop, will win what is an extremely competitive game this year.”

Survey participants were also asked about shopping for holiday decorations for their homes, both interior and exterior. Consumers indicated the stores where they planned to, or had already made, purchases of seasonal decor. The top five, listed in alphabetical order, are: Bed Bath & Beyond, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Target and Walmart.

 

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