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Meet the 2017 Top Guns

To view a PDF of this story, click here. It’s a brave new world for independent home improvement retailers today. Retailing is changing, and welcoming the challenge head-on is a new breed of independents embracing a bright future for our ... Read More »

How Do These Public Companies Stack Up?

annual reports

The annual reports for your publicly traded competitors are out, and here is how some of the companies compare. Walmart, which is still the world’s largest brick-and-mortar retailer, had sales increase by less than 1 percent from the 2015 calendar ... Read More »

In-Store Experiences Still Matter. Big Time.

in-store experiences

To view a PDF of this story, click here. In an interview with Hardware Retailing, Jim Robisch of The Farnsworth Group discusses how retailers must not lose sight of the importance of in-store customer experiences while trying to compete against ... Read More »

Selling to Animal Owners, Even if Pet Products Aren’t Your Niche

pet products

Millions of U.S. households own animals, and on any given day, these owners are in the market for everything from dog sweaters to pet-friendly home renovations. According to the National Association of Realtors, nearly 60 percent of U.S. households own ... Read More »

Ace Hardware Restructuring Its Distribution Network

distribution

Ace Hardware Corp. plans to restructure its East Coast distribution network—a move that includes closing both of its Emery-Waterhouse warehouses and building a new 1.1 million-square-foot facility, according to Ace. The consolidation of Ace’s distribution facilities is coming after a rigorous analysis of the ... Read More »

Exec Changes May Mean Target CEO Is ‘Feeling Some Pressure’

feeling some pressure

Minneapolis-based Target Corp. has announced the coming departure of one of its top executives, after the retailer’s leadership team decided to abandon multiple tech innovation projects. On April 27, Target CEO Brian Cornell publicized the exit of chief strategy and innovation officer Casey Carl ... Read More »

Learning From Millennial Work Habits

millennials

As a group, the millennial generation of 20- and 30-somethings is often culturally defined as lazy, technology-obsessed and spoiled. However, millennials make up more of today’s workforce than any other generation and, slowly, they’re becoming your target market. Instead of mainly worrying about ... Read More »

Celebrating National Small Business Week

National Small Business Week

Earlier this spring, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that the annual celebration of small businesses, National Small Business Week, will be April 30 through May 6. The federal agency has since planned events and awards that will highlight the strengths small businesses ... Read More »