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Why Did Ace Hardware Buy an E-Commerce Business?

The Grommet

John Venhuizen, Ace Hardware president and CEO, recently took questions from Hardware Retailing about the co-op’s purchase of The Grommet, an e-commerce startup company. Ace announced the purchase Oct. 3. Hardware Retailing (HR): Why did Ace purchase a majority stake in The Grommet?  John Venhuizen (JV): There ... Read More »

Ace Hardware Buys E-Commerce Company

Grommet

Ace Hardware Corp. announced Tuesday that it has purchased the majority stake in e-commerce startup The Grommet. The Grommet operates an e-commerce website that markets and sells new and innovative products created by independent entrepreneurs, also known as makers, according to Ace. The Grommet has ... Read More »

Ace Hardware Hosts Maker to Market Event for Product Inventors

Maker to Market

Ace Hardware Corp. hosted its first Maker to Market™ Day, an event created to allow entrepreneurs and inventors to pitch product ideas that could end up for sale in co-op stores. Ace employees who make purchasing decisions for more than 5,000 ... Read More »

10 Tips for Completing an Honest Store Critique

Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. Store owners throughout the industry have discovered that business critiques from other independent home improvement retailers help them become better operators. Ask a fellow retailer or two to walk through your store, ... Read More »

You Won’t Be Competing With Walmart for Holiday Hires

Walmart Holiday Employee

If you’re hiring extra help to staff your retail store during the winter holidays, you won’t be competing for temporary hires with Walmart this year. “Wal-Mart is redefining the holiday hiring scene, at least for its huge operation of more ... Read More »

Sales and Attendance Increase at HDW Fall Market

hdw

Hardware Distribution Warehouses, Inc. (HDW) saw record attendance and sales during its recent fall market. Retailers, vendors and staff composed the group of more than 1,000 people who attended the event, which was Sept. 8-10 in Shreveport, Louisiana. Tim Teague of Meadors Lumber in Alma, Arkansas, commented ... Read More »

Ace CEO: Hurricanes, Plans and an ‘Incredibly Good Enemy’

Ace Hardware

Ace Hardware’s president and CEO, John Venhuizen, recently sat down with Hardware Retailing for an interview. He discussed weather events that have impacted Ace retailers, strategies for competing with “an incredibly good enemy” in Amazon and the co-op’s opportunities and plans for growth. ... Read More »

Blaze Trails With Your Customers on the Road

 Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. Your retail operation may stock the supplies that traveling vacationers need, but have you thought about marketing specific products to recreational vehicle owners? If your business is located near one ... Read More »