By Corinne Clements

Hey everyone, and welcome to this week’s installment of TraQing News! We’ve rounded up some content for you as you wind down your work week. From the growing popularity of outdoor living to an oral history of Amazon Prime, here are some of our favorite articles from this week:

Into the great outdoors | HBSDealer Staff: As consumers clamor for more outdoor living options, retailers and manufacturers are listening. This year’s National Hardware Show is improving and expanding its space for dealers to show off innovations in barbecue grills, patio furniture, and more.

Where Should You Start and Stop Your Backsplash | Yanic Simard: Tile is trendy, and new styles are constantly cropping up to surprise and delight consumers. For homeowners who want to add a tile backsplash, there are also considerations on where exactly it should go, and how big it should be. Houzz is highlighting a variety of options you can show to help consumers decide what to do.

The making of Amazon Prime, the internet’s most successful and devastating membership program | Jason Del Rey: Amazon’s e-commerce dominance was not always a sure thing. One of the key ways it climbed to the top was through the development of its Prime membership program. Vox and Recode were able to interview many of the people who helped to develop the program, getting an inside look at how it came to be such a key part of Amazon’s strategy.

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