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Tesla Ending Home Depot Partnership at Year-End


Tesla will cease selling its solar products at Home Depot by the end of the year, ending a brief retail partnership. Tesla began selling solar panels and batteries in Home Depot early this year, planning to create dedicated space for ... Read More »

NRHA Launches Fresher, More Accessible Website

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The North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) has launched a refreshed, updated version of its website that allows the association to serve independent home improvement retailers better. The new nrha.org, which went live June 15, features an updated design. The ... Read More »

Walmart to Fund College Degrees for Employees


Walmart is offering to pay for employees’ college tuition, books and fees if they pursue degrees in business or supply chain management, according to the company. “Investing in the personal and professional success of our associates is vital to Walmart’s ... Read More »

Lowe’s CFO Marshall Croom to Retire


Lowe’s Companies, Inc. announced June 4 that chief financial officer Marshall Croom plans to retire from the company Oct. 5. Croom took the job of CFO in March 2017, replacing Robert F. Hull Jr. in the position when Hull retired. Croom ... Read More »

Lowe’s Phasing Out Paint Removers Containing 2 Chemicals


Lowe’s has committed to stop selling paint solvents containing chemicals linked to “dozens of accidental deaths,” The New York Times reports. The company announced May 29 that, by the end of 2018, it would no longer sell paint strippers with methylene chloride ... Read More »

Home Depot Spending $11B on ‘Internal Improvements’

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Home Depot is investing about $11 billion in “internal improvements,” including more distribution centers, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.  The Atlanta newspaper, which is located near Home Depot’s headquarters, interviewed company CEO Craig Menear about the retailer’s plans for growth. Rather than ... Read More »

Study Shows Dramatic Local Economic Impact of Independents vs. Amazon

Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. For years, Amazon has been racing to compete with and beat brick-and-mortar retailers in selling nearly every product category, while setting a breathtaking pace for sales growth. The company has also cemented ... Read More »

Customers Get Creative for Ace Color of the Year Contest

Shoppers who walked into Dixon Hardware and Lumber couldn’t miss the balloons and colorful fun happening in the store’s power aisle. Customers and their children were seated at a table, playing with paint, eating snacks and naming the paint colors ... Read More »