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Military Vet Benefits From Ace Hardware Program

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When Mark Rand considered buying a hardware store, he learned Ace Hardware Corp. offers a financial incentive to help military veterans like him start, buy or expand Ace stores. Retailers who join Ace Hardware or open new store locations pay an affiliation fee for their stores to be ... Read More »

Walmart to Cut 1,000 Corporate Jobs

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Walmart will eliminate about 1,000 corporate jobs at the end of January, according to an article from The Wall Street Journal. Employees will lose jobs in the company’s human resources, technology and e-commerce departments, the article says. In a memo released to employees Tuesday, CEO Doug McMillon ... Read More »

Walmart Canada and Visa Compromise, Resume Business

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Walmart Canada and Visa have reached an undisclosed agreement on credit card fees that the retailer faces from the credit card company. The agreement comes months after Walmart banned the payment form in select stores in Canada. However, Walmart still believes ... Read More »

Attendance Up, Attitudes Upbeat at United Hardware’s January Market

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United Hardware kicked off its 60th anniversary with a bustling January market, where retailers showed positive attitudes and optimism for the coming year. Despite the colder-than-normal temperatures, the mood at the market, held January 6-8, was upbeat with strong attendance ... Read More »

How Would You Reimagine Retail With $100K?

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As you pack your bags to attend the National Hardware Show® May 9-11, plan for what you may bring home—product samples, information and possibly $100,000 to reimagine retail in your business! This year, the National Hardware Show is making a point to invest even ... Read More »

Last-Minute Shoppers Boost Holiday Sales

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Last-minute shoppers gave holiday sales a boost, possibly improving sales overall for the shopping season, according to Reuters. On trend with a good selling season, Amazon reports very strong holiday sales, with customers using Amazon Prime more than than in any other year. Amazon Prime is a paid subscription ... Read More »

Sears Announces 150 Additional Store Closures

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Sears is planning to close 150 additional stores in an attempt to “enhance liquidity and stabilize operating performance,” the company announced Thursday. The company also confirmed that it has struck a deal to sell its Craftsman brand of tools to Stanley Black & Decker for $900 ... Read More »

Stanley Buying Craftsman Tool Business in $900M Deal

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Stanley Black & Decker is buying Sears’ iconic Craftsman tool brand in a deal valued at about $900 million. With the acquisition, which the manufacturer announced Thursday, Stanley will own the rights to develop, make and sell Craftsman products. The deal is expected to close this year. ... Read More »