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Speller’s True Value Invests in the Community

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Click the image above to view a full PDF. Casting the Right Spell Since the 1960s, the east side of Waterloo, Iowa, hasn’t seen very much economic activity other than restaurants and convenience stores. Allen Speller and his father, Wendell, ... Read More »

2018 International Hardware Fair Focuses on Digital Opportunities

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Click the image above to view a full PDF. A Global Glimpse Get a head start on your competition by visiting the EISENWARENMESSE International Hardware Fair (IHF) to see a sneak peek of upcoming products from leading manufacturers. The event ... Read More »

PMI, Consumer Confidence Make Gains

Click the image above to view a full PDF. The nation’s third-quarter 2017 consumer confidence levels rose nearly 20 percent over third-quarter 2016, indicating that consumers feel confident about the overall economy. Some regions ravaged by hurricanes showed measurable consumer ... Read More »

How Do Sales Compare for Your Big-Box Competitors?

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Click the image above to view a full PDF. Third-quarter sales results are in for the public companies that are prime competitors for independent home improvement retailers, and only Sears continues to decline. Walmart—the United States’ biggest retailer, and the ... Read More »

What Keeps The Home Depot CEO Up at Night? ‘Change’

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The Home Depot CEO Craig Menear says “the amount of change that’s happening in our business” is what keeps him awake at night in a Dec. 20 episode of the Marketplace® podcast, distributed by American Public Media®. “Being able to ... Read More »

Sears Takes DieHard Auto Parts to Amazon

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Sears Holdings has taken another aspect of its business to Amazon, announcing it will sell DieHard auto products on the e-commerce site, the company reports. The retailer says it is opening up DieHard to sales on Amazon to celebrate the ... Read More »

Target Buys Grocery Delivery Company Shipt

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Target has purchased delivery startup Shipt Inc., a deal which will enable the retailer to complete same-day deliveries from about half of its 1,800 stores by summer 2018, Bloomberg reports. Customers will pay $99 per year to receive unlimited same-day ... Read More »

Small Businesses and Tax Reform

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Changes to U.S. tax law, approved Dec. 20 by the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, are slated to go into effect in 2018. The New York Times explains some effects of the tax reform on small businesses. The House Ways and ... Read More »