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A list of hardware stores worldwide

A list of hardware stores worldwide | Building Supplies and Hardware | Scoop.it

From now on you won't have to search the internet any more for hardware parts, for your new project. This article contains the list of worldwide online stores, that sell hardware.

The list contains just about any country on the globe, and maybe even with your favorite store.


Top4's insight:

If you have an international business, or you travel a lot. This might be something for you.


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Local hardware stores are more important then you think

Local hardware stores are more important then you think | Building Supplies and Hardware | Scoop.it

Neighborhood hardware stores are probably the most overlooked stores there are. You always walk by them, but never go in until something breaks down. For anyone who owns a home, shelter, caravan or anything else. Having a hardware store nearby for that one item you so desperately need, or a box of nails is a great thing to have. But stores like this might close because of the fierce competition of large house improvement stores and even the internet.

Top4's insight:

Your local hardware store around the corner is mostly more important then you would actually think about. When something breaks down, you just walk around the corner and get a screwdriver or something to fix it. This could all be changing.


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14 services given in a Hardware store

14 services given in a Hardware store | Building Supplies and Hardware | Scoop.it

To cut the costs many retail shops have fired a part of their employees. Self service is everywhere around you. It is online, at gas stations and nowadays even grocery stores have own check out lanes.


One of the only stores where an exception is made is in hardware stores, particularly smaller ones. Many smaller, independent hardware stores are competing with the larger stores by enhancing personal service and filling shelves with things that appeal to the local customer needs.

Top4's insight:

you might not always think about it, but there are 14 free services given in  a hardware store that help you in your choices and make your customer experience more satisfying.

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Retail and Tool rental combined to boost sales, new strategy executed by hardware stores

Retail and Tool rental combined to boost sales, new strategy executed by hardware stores | Building Supplies and Hardware | Scoop.it

Tool rentals are the latest available service for customers, and it is a valuable one. More and more hardware stores start the renting service. If it is either your local hardware store or the large housing centers.

When a (potential) customer walks in your store, you want to sell him something and you want him to return to your store. From hiring knowledgeable staff to having a variety of stock.

Once a customer walks into your store, you do everything to give them a memorable shopping experience. From hiring cheerful, knowledgeable employees to stocking a variety of products at competitive prices, you aim to make that customer a repeat visitor.
Top4's insight:

If you want to do a large construction project in or around your house, you will now no longer have to buy equipment, use it once and let it afterwards rot in the garage.

The possibility to rent the materials is a perfect alternative if this is in your case.

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