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NRHA’s Management Program Graduates Set Sights on the Future

Retail Management Certification Program

Their topics varied, but their goals were the same: improve their businesses through ambitious, innovative projects. The group of leaders from independent home improvement stores throughout the U.S. met Aug. 10 to present plans for projects they developed as they ... Read More »

Problem: Finding Employees With Specialized Skills

skills

Finding qualified employees is a top concern for independent business owners, according to the latest jobs report from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). “Eighty-seven percent of owners who hired or tried to hire reported difficulty finding qualified workers” ... Read More »

Ace Hosting Entrepreneurs at Maker to Market Event

Ace Hardware

Ace Hardware Corp. is inviting entrepreneurs to show off their best product innovations at its first Maker to Market event. Formerly known as Open Buying Day, Ace’s new Maker to Market event will offer attendees opportunities to pitch their products to a panel of ... Read More »

Lowe’s Layoffs Hit Another Department — Delivery

layoffs

Lowe’s is continuing to reduce its U.S. staff, confirming Aug. 3 layoffs of  “an undisclosed number of delivery workers nationwide” and the outsourcing of their work, The Charlotte Observer reports. Lowe’s, which is headquartered near Charlotte in Mooreseville, North Carolina, told the Charlotte newspaper that the latest ... Read More »

Westlake Ace Hardware Makes Executive Changes

Ace Retail Holdings

Ace Hardware Corp. has announced two top leadership changes for Ace Retail Holdings, the branch of the cooperative that operates the 100 corporately owned Westlake Ace Hardware stores. As of Aug. 1, Ace Retail Holdings’ chief operating officer Joe Jeffries was promoted to president and chief ... Read More »

The Switch: Amazon Buys Stores and Walmart Buys Websites

Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. Amazon Buys Stores and Walmart Buys Websites By Renee Changnon, rchangnon@nrha.org, Kate Klein, kklein@nrha.org, and Melanie Moul, mmoul@nrha.org Walmart, the world’s largest brick-and-mortar retailer, has been playing catch up online with Amazon for ... Read More »

Amazon Business Builds Up Commercial, Industrial Sales

Amazon Business

Amazon has invaded another marketplace where many independent home improvement businesses and industrial suppliers, such as Grainger, excel. That marketplace focuses on commercial and industrial business-to-business selling, competing with “distributors who sell screws, pumps, fasteners and other parts for industrial America,” CNBC reports July 25. Amazon’s business-to-business arm, ... Read More »

International Garden Fair to Highlight Outdoor Trends

spoga+gafa

Spoga+gafa, the annual international garden fair, will be showcasing the latest in modern lawn and garden trends, such as stylish multifunctional furniture and new technology. The event, which is scheduled for Sept. 3-5 in Cologne, Germany, will be spread across ... Read More »