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Hit the Road With Renee: Businesses Along Mississippi River Show Strength

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Last week, I was given the chance to join Independent We Stand on the Great American River Road Trip as a representative for the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA). We visited independent businesses along the Mississippi River to see how ... Read More »

Ace Hardware CEO: Focusing on Logistics, Labor and ‘Rational Optimism’

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The Ace Hardware Spring 2018 Convention & Exhibits brought together independent retailers, vendors and Ace corporate personnel in an environment designed for easy product ordering and sharing information. Ace Hardware CEO John Venhuizen addressed retailers at the convention, emphasizing three ... Read More »

Hit the Road With Renee: Louisiana Highlights Stories of Survival, Support

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After wrapping up Day 4 of the Great American River Road Trip, the Independent We Stand team and I made our way to Greenville, Mississippi, before making our final stops in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and New Orleans. When we arrived ... Read More »

Hit the Road With Renee: Strong Opportunities in Memphis, Tennessee

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Day 3 of the Great American River Road Trip brought us to Cape Girardeau, Missouri, where we were able to share independent business owners’ love of their community, their support of the military and much more. Early the next day, ... Read More »

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 deadline to participate in the North American Retail Hardware Association’s (NRHA) 2018 Cost of Doing Business Study is June 30. Is your average transaction size normal? Do you spend more or less on advertising than other independent home improvement businesses? ... Read More »