May 22, 2017

E-commerce Plays Bigger Role in Home Improvement

Courtney Huckabay

Online sales of home improvement products that span everything from plumbing and hardware to storage and décor, have grown 41 percent in the 12 months ending March 2017, reports The NPD Group. The e-commerce home improvement market reached $10.9 billion in sales for the year, according to NPD’s receipt mining service, Checkout Tracking.

May 19, 2017

Sun Shines on Market Growth for Awnings

Courtney Huckabay

Rising disposable income coupled with urbanization is expected to surge demand over the forecast period, according to Grand View Research. Mounting demand for aluminum awnings in numerous applications, including commercial window, decorative, door and other residential will drive growth. In addition, as it serves as a protective coating its need will surge during the coming years.

May 17, 2017

U.S. Boat Sales Float Back to the Top, Expected to Surge

Courtney Huckabay

The National Marine Manufacturers Association, representing the nation’s recreational boat, engine and marine accessory manufacturers, announced it expects unit sales of new powerboats to have increased between six and seven percent in 2016, reaching an estimated 250,000 boats sold as consumer confidence soared and manufacturers introduced products attracting younger boaters.

May 16, 2017

Is Running the Newest Social Disease?

Courtney Huckabay

"Can our workouts be shaped by what our friends do?" Gretchen Reynolds asked in The New York Times. "That question is at the heart of an important new study of exercise behavior, one of the first to use so-called big data culled from a large-scale, global social network of workout routines."

May 12, 2017

Home Siding Shoppers Sizing Up Exterior Trends

Courtney Huckabay

For many homeowners, staying on top of the latest building and exterior design trends is as important as regular home maintenance projects. Siding installers should keep up to date with siding trends. Here are a few of the ways siding companies can make clients' and prospects' houses the most talked-about homes on the street — for all the right reasons.

May 9, 2017

Athleisure Trend ‘Blending’ into Makeup Category

Courtney Huckabay

Athleisure makeup has the cosmetics industry breaking a sweat, Fast Company reports. Cosmetics brands are catering to fitness enthusiasts’ desire to look good in and out of the gym. The gym and yoga studio have become social gathering places. The new era of “going out to the gym” is what partially inspired Rochelle Rae to found Rae Cosmetics, sweat-resistant makeup made for women.