January 2016

In This Issue

Perspective:
Something Interesting

“Uber, the world’s largest taxi company, owns no vehicles. Facebook, the world’s most popular media owner, creates no content. Alibaba, the most valuable retailer, has no inventory. And Airbnb, the world’s largest accommodation provider, owns no real estate. Something interesting is happening.”

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Move Over, Fellas!

By Lisa Readie Mayer

The gals are stepping up to the grill, and that represents a sales opportunity for manufacturers and retailers.

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Waking Specialty Retailers!

By Bill Sendelback

Electric fires are the largest hearth category by far, and growing fast; the dollars (and loonies) are too many to be left to other channels.

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Queen of The Hill

By Tom Lassiter

Somewhat late in life, Linda Moran purchased Hill Company in Philadelphia and turned it into an award-winning patio furniture star.

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Outdoor Kitchens Rule!

By Lisa Readie Mayer

The trend is toward built-in grills, not cart grills, which means that dealers will be able to sell a slew of related products.

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2015 November Business Climate

In early December, Hearth & Home faxed a survey to 2,500 specialty retailers of hearth, barbecue and patio products, asking them to compare November 2015 sales to November 2014. The accompanying charts and selected comments are from the 192 useable returns.

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