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Author Archives: Kate Klein

Sherwin-Williams’ Partnership With Lowe’s Gets Exclusive


Sherwin-Williams and Lowe’s have announced a new and exclusive collaboration. Lowe’s is becoming “the only nationwide home center to offer top-selling stain brands” from Sherwin-Williams, including Minwax, Cabot and Thompson’s WaterSeal, according to Lowe’s. The big-box chain is also going to be ... Read More »

Industry Veteran, Past NRHA President Dies at Age 91


Jerome “Jerry” Lochner, former owner of multiple Ace Hardware stores and other businesses in Wisconsin, died this month at age 91. Lochner worked in the home improvement industry for decades and owned Ace Hardware in Sauk City, Wisconsin, for more ... Read More »

Homeowners Make Their Kitchens Smarter

Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. Technology continues to be a growing area of interest for homeowners—a trend that is showing up in their kitchen remodeling projects. Houzz, an online home improvement community, surveyed more than 1,700 homeowners ... Read More »

How Independent Retailers Are Competing Online in an Amazon World

Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. By Kate Klein, kklein@nrha.org, and Todd Taber, ttaber@nrha.org Retailers Are Expanding Their In-Store Experience Online Double-digit sales increases, a website that’s easy to shop, tech experiments like drones and a steadily growing ... Read More »

Lowe’s Canadian Operations Evolve With Marcil Brand Change


Lowe’s presence in Canada has been evolving over the past four years, with business acquisitions and branding changes included in the company’s growth strategy. One of its newest changes is the rebranding of 17 home improvement stores Feb. 26 in ... Read More »

Home Depot Sees Sales and Earnings Increase in 2017

Home Depot

The Home Depot’s sales and and net earnings rose in the last quarter of 2017, as well as during the full fiscal year. The company released its financial results Feb. 20, reporting $23.9 billion in sales for 2017’s fourth quarter, ... Read More »

Lowe’s Adapts Virtual Reality Tool to Train Workers

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Lowe’s has been testing in-store virtual reality experiences for customers, and now it is using the technology for employee training. The company has reimagined the consumer version of the tool, Holoroom How To, for workers, called Holoroom How To: Red ... Read More »

Ace Hardware CEO Advises Priorities, ‘Productive Paranoia’ for Leaders

Ace Hardware CEO

David Novak, retired CEO of the company that owns the KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut brands, recently interviewed Ace Hardware’s president and CEO for a podcast on leadership. John Venhuizen, who is president and CEO of Ace Hardware Corp., ... Read More »