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How Do These Public Companies Stack Up?

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The annual reports for your publicly traded competitors are out, and here is how some of the companies compare. Walmart, which is still the world’s largest brick-and-mortar retailer, had sales increase by less than 1 percent from the 2015 calendar ... Read More »

A 360-Degree View of Target

Target 360

To view the complete PDF of this story, click here. Target has a reputation: The big-box retailer with flair. The company’s stores are destinations for parents picking up groceries, newly engaged couples adding bedsheets to wedding registries, college students looking for ... Read More »

In-Store Experiences Still Matter. Big Time.

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To view a PDF of this story, click here. In an interview with Hardware Retailing, Jim Robisch of The Farnsworth Group discusses how retailers must not lose sight of the importance of in-store customer experiences while trying to compete against ... Read More »

Selling to Animal Owners, Even if Pet Products Aren’t Your Niche

pet products

Millions of U.S. households own animals, and on any given day, these owners are in the market for everything from dog sweaters to pet-friendly home renovations. According to the National Association of Realtors, nearly 60 percent of U.S. households own ... Read More »

Ace Hardware Restructuring Its Distribution Network


Ace Hardware Corp. plans to restructure its East Coast distribution network—a move that includes closing both of its Emery-Waterhouse warehouses and building a new 1.1 million-square-foot facility, according to Ace. The consolidation of Ace’s distribution facilities is coming after a rigorous analysis of the ... Read More »

Lowe’s Continues Canadian Expansion With RONA


Lowe’s is continuing to expand in Canada with Lowe’s stores, as well as with locations branded with Canadian retailer RONA’s name. Lowe’s confirmed this month that it has opened two new RONA stores in Quebec. The stores are located in the cities of ... Read More »

Competing for Employees in a Workers’ Market


Online and big-box retailers have added another factor to the competition for workers: new and expanded warehouses that pay more than minimum wage for low-skilled jobs. “Retailers and logistics companies have been opening warehouses at a record pace to ensure online orders reach ... Read More »

3 Reasons Retail Stores Are Steadily Closing

Store closures have become a growing trend, with big boxes such as Walmart, J.C. Penney, Sears, Kmart and others shuttering or planning to close scores of locations. The reason is neither declining retail sales, nor entirely because of e-commerce, The Atlantic magazine ... Read More »