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Industry Manufacturers and Distributors Talk Aluminum and Steel Tariffs

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Recently announced and proposed tariffs on raw materials continue to be an ongoing discussion worldwide as the U.S. and its trading partners shift their positions on international trade. To help determine the potential impact of these tariffs on the home ... Read More »

TreeHouse CEO on Building the Company’s Future

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TreeHouse CEO Gary Kusin was recently interviewed on the National Retail Federation’s podcast series, “Retail Gets Real,” where he shared insights on the company’s strategy and focus moving forward. During the conversation, Kusin discusses the home improvement market and the ... Read More »

Berkshire Hathaway Gives $2B Loan to Sears CEO’s Real Estate Group

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More than two years ago, Warren Buffett personally invested in the real estate empire spun out of Sears Holdings Corp. Now, his company Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is extending a $2 billion loan to the real estate investment trust that owns ... Read More »

Big Boxes Focusing on In-Home Services

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As e-commerce websites like Amazon continue to grow in popularity among consumers, big-box retailers are providing in-home services to compete and remain relevant. Companies like “Walmart, Home Depot and the Container Store are hiring contractors to go to customers’ homes ... Read More »

National Association of Home Builders to Train 50,000 Workers

National Association of Home Builders

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) chairman Randy Noel pledged that the organization and its educational component, the Home Builders Institute (HBI), “will educate and train 50,000 new workers over the next five years for careers in the construction ... Read More »

Impulse Sales a Theme of United Hardware’s Buying Market

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At the United Hardware Fall and Winter Buying Market, held July 27-29 at the Minneapolis Convention Center, attendees found ways to improve their average transaction size, increase their margins and invest in their communities. “We had a strong opening attendance, ... Read More »

A Closer Look at Target’s Remodeling Plans

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As Target continues its plan to remodel roughly 1,000 stores nationwide, senior vice president of sales Joe Contrucci and vice president of store design Joe Perdew shed light on the specific changes shoppers will see at their local Target stores. ... Read More »

From A to Generation Z

Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. Generation Z is becoming an increasingly potent market segment. Born after 1995, the cohort’s oldest members are graduating college and entering adulthood. For independent retailers, it’s important to know how ... Read More »