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Encouraging Trades, Training Among Topics at Women’s Leadership Roundtable

women's leadership

The North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) hosted its second annual Women’s Leadership Roundtable in Chicago, Dec. 6 during which attendees discussed the value that trades bring to the industry, and the importance of training employees among a variety of ... Read More »

Former Ace Chain Owner C. Jay Buikema Dies at Age 78

Jay Buikema

C. Jay Buikema, longtime owner and CEO of Buikema’s Ace Hardware stores in Illinois, died Dec. 5 at 78, according to the Chicago Tribune. Buikema was known in Naperville and Wheaton, Illinois, communities as a leader, defining “what it means ... Read More »

Home Depot Readies $15B Share Buyback

share buyback

During its 2017 Investor and Analyst Conference, Home Depot’s board of directors announced plans to initiate a $15 billion share buyback program, Reuters reports. “Since 2002 and through the third quarter of fiscal 2017, [Home Depot] has returned approximately $73 ... Read More »

Attorneys: Lumber Liquidators’ $36M Settlement Excludes the Injured

Lumber Liquidators

Attorneys representing people who say chemicals from Lumber Liquidators flooring made them ill claim a new settlement, valued at $36 million, excludes their clients. In October, Lumber Liquidators agreed to pay $26 million in cash and provide $12 million of ... Read More »

Standing Out Online Is Key Theme at E-Retailer Summit

online

The second annual eRetailer Home Improvement Summit was held Nov. 29-Dec. 1 in Orlando, Florida, and speakers at the event discussed how home improvement retailers and suppliers can compete online. Differentiating Your Store Al Meyers, who leads business innovation strategy ... Read More »

174 Million Consumers Shopped Over 2017 Holiday Weekend

2017 holiday

The 2017 holiday shopping season kicked off over Thanksgiving weekend, with retailers seeing a large boost in consumer traffic. More than 174 million Americans shopped in brick-and-mortar stores and online, beating the original estimate of 164 million shoppers, according to ... Read More »

2017 Market Measure

To download a PDF of the complete 2017 Market Measure, please complete the form at the bottom of the page. The Industry’s Annual Report Looking at external factors alone, one might come to the conclusion that 2017 is shaping up into ... Read More »

Walmart, Other Big Boxes Find Holiday Sales Drivers

holiday sales

With the holiday sales season underway, big-box retailers are experimenting with new ways to attract customers to their brick-and-mortar locations to drive sales and deliver memorable holiday shopping experiences. Walmart is planning to hold thousands of parties this holiday season ... Read More »