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Hit the Road With Renee: Missouri Supports Local Business, Military

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After finishing up our interviews in Davenport, Iowa, on Day 2 of the Great American River Road Trip, we went to Up, the rooftop bar on top of The Current. We enjoyed some great food and drinks before heading back ... Read More »

Exclusive: True Value Co. Strikes Deal With Strategic Investor

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The True Value Co. today announced a plan that they say will accelerate the company’s long-term business strategy and secure the future of the independent retailers it serves. The company has agreed to sell 70 percent ownership in the organization ... Read More »

Hit the Road With Renee: Independents Stand Together in Iowa

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After wrapping up Day 1 of the Great American River Road Trip in Minnesota, the Independent We Stand team and I hopped in the SUV to embark on our next leg of the road trip, visiting independent businesses along the ... Read More »

Participate in the 2018 Cost of Doing Business Study

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The North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) is now collecting data for the 2018 Cost of Doing Business Study. Is your average transaction size normal? Do you spend more or less on advertising than other independent home improvement businesses? How ... Read More »

Amazon Begins Selling Live Plants

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As spring arrives and home and business owners across the country venture outside to consider their landscaping options, e-commerce giant Amazon is adding a new product category: live plants. In late February, the company introduced the Amazon Plants Store, Fortune ... Read More »

Hit the Road With Renee: Small Businesses Make Memories in Minnesota

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Two years ago, I joined up with Independent We Stand on their annual road trip, vising independent businesses along Route 66, from Oklahoma City to the Santa Monica Pier. I tagged along as a representative of the North American Retail ... Read More »

Orgill, Inc. Announces Passing of Former President, Chairman


Orgill, Inc. has announced the passing of its former president and chairman, Joseph “Joe” Orgill III. He died on March 12 after a brief illness. Though he had not been active in Orgill’s day-to-day management for a number of years, ... Read More »

Home Depot to Pay $27M in Hazardous Waste Disposal Fines

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The Home Depot will pay $27 million to settle claims that it improperly disposed of hazardous waste, including aerosol cans, batteries, electronics, paint and other items in California, The New York Times reports. The California attorney general says inspections of ... Read More »