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Hearth & Home July 2014

Who Reads Hearth & Home?
Doug Wheat, for one!

San Diego, California

Occupation: Specialty Retailer, Hauser’s Patio

Special Interests/Hobbies: “Traveling/RVing when time allows; cheering/booing our NFL Chargers; turning chairs over to see who made them.”

Major Problems Facing the Patio Industry:

  • “Distribution Revolution – Confusion among manufacturers who think they have a plan to adapt to the distribution of product vs. those that appear lost and make poor distribution decisions. Both impact specialty retailers.
  • How we, as specialty retailers, need to reinvent ourselves going forward and succeed in a rapidly changing marketplace. We need to understand that the manufacturer is not our partner; we will travel the road ahead on our own.”

Forecast for the Patio Industry in 2014: “Most of us already will know that answer by July. A sluggish, cold spring for many, followed by attempts to catch up or slightly surpass 2013 numbers.”

Years Reading Hearth & Home: “At least 25 years.”

Reasons for Reading Hearth & Home:Hearth & Home is the industry magazine that will ask the tough questions in the many interviews they do with industry leaders. It’s not an advertorial magazine; it’s an industry news/trends magazine.
I read the whole magazine, although I’m not a fireplace/barbecue dealer. As a specialty retailer, I find that the hearth industry walks a parallel path, with the same success and/or problems that we in patio have.”

More Stories in this Issue

Trends 2014

By Richard Wright

For the fourth year in a row, we have the benefit of being informed by Maxine Lauer about trends that will affect your business and, indeed, the vast majority of businesses in this country that deal with consumer goods.

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Trends 2015

By Richard Wright

In a few short weeks, patio retailers will head for Chicago and their first look at furniture and fabrics available to them for the 2015 season. The wisdom of Maxine Lauer is their best guide.

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Tough Times in SoCal

By Bill Sendelback

The California Dream has become the California Nightmare for specialty retailers – especially hearth retailers – in the southern part of the state.

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BBQ – 101

By Lisa Readie Mayer

Colleges now offer barbecue classes and – surprise! – those courses are very popular.

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Future Looks Bright

By Lisa Readie Mayer

Consumers say they are ready to purchase a charcoal grill; if they buy from you, there’s a good chance they’ll return nine times a year to purchase fuel.

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2014 May Business Climate

In early May, Hearth & Home faxed a survey to 2,314 specialty retailers of hearth, barbecue and patio products, asking them to compare May 2014 sales to May 2013. The accompanying charts and selected comments are from the 2,011 useable returns.

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