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Maine Retail Operation Focuses on Family and Community

Maine

When customers arrive at Oak Hill Hardware in Scarborough, Maine, they know they’ll be greeted with a smile and a wagging tail. Black Lab mix Rivet is a local celebrity, sought out by children and adults who drop in sometimes ... Read More »

TreeHouse Shutters Original Store, Shifts Business Direction

TreeHouse

TreeHouse, an environmentally friendly home improvement chain with three locations in Texas, is closing its original store in Austin, according to an article from the Dallas Business Journal. On May 14, TreeHouse posted a statement about its decision to close ... Read More »

Unique Ways Big-Box Retailers Sell Smart Home Technology

smart home technology

The June issue of Hardware Retailing takes a closer look at smart home technology as it relates to plumbing products. However, smart home technology can be found in several categories within the home improvement industry. As more consumers are adopting ... Read More »

How Smart Home Technology Is Taking On the Plumbing Category

smart plumbing

Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. By Renee Changnon, rchangnon@nrha.org Get in Sink With Technology Imagine the home of the future five, 10 or 20 years from now. What do you see? If your vision doesn’t include ... Read More »

Lowe’s Names J.C. Penney Chief as New President and CEO

chemicals

Lowe’s has named Marvin Ellison, former chairman and current CEO of J.C. Penney Co., as president and CEO, effective July 2. In March, Lowe’s announced a search for a new chief executive to replace retiring chairman, president and CEO Robert ... Read More »

Amazon Brick-and-Mortar Stores Going to Chicago, San Francisco

Amazon Go

Amazon is expanding Amazon Go, its brick-and-mortar store concept that uses video cameras and mobile devices to eliminate the need for cashiers. The e-commerce retailer has been investing heavily in physical stores, buying the Whole Foods grocery chain for nearly ... Read More »

Former Sears Brand Now Available at Lowe’s

Sears Brand

The Craftsman tool brand, previously owned by Sears, has introduced a select line of products in Lowe’s stores and on its website, Lowe’s has confirmed. According to Lowe’s, “select CRAFTSMAN mechanics tool sets, tool storage, garage organization, flashlights and pressure ... Read More »

2018 National Hardware Show® Highlights Innovation, Ideas

2018 National Hardware Show

Last week, the city of Las Vegas brought the heat in many ways. In addition to warm weather, the 2018 National Hardware Show® and the North American Retail Hardware Association’s (NRHA) All-Industry Conference presented a sizzling showcase of unique products, ... Read More »