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Nuts and Bolts of Recent Retail Breaches

Retail data breach and identity theft concerns have heightened since the December 2013 announcement Target was attacked by hackers and bank card information for more than 100 million of its customers were stolen—this followed by the recent announcement that retailer ... Read More »

Retail Sales Up in February

February retail sales, which exclude automobiles, gas stations and restaurants, increased 0.2 percent adjusted month-to-month, according to the National Retail Federation. In the home improvement industry, building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers stores’ sales increased 0.3 percent seasonally-adjusted ... Read More »

Retailers Explore German Home Improvement Stores

Retailers representing countries including Sweden, Australia, the U.S. and more added store tours to their agendas for the International Hardware Fair today, the last day of the show. In hopes of seeing the trends and products they were seeing on ... Read More »

SPONSORED: Training Your Team

Do you know what the single most effective thing you can do to have a positive long-term impact on the success of your business? The answer may surprise you and it is the same regardless of where you are located, ... Read More »

Do it Best Corp. Promotes Two to Retail Performance Managers

Do it Best Corp. recently announced the promotions of John Branigan and Tom Morgan to retail performance managers, effective immediately. In their new roles, Branigan and Morgan will lead co-op efforts in aiding the growth and enhancement of member stores. ... Read More »

The Dawn of a New Day for Independents

Messages emerging from the International Hardware Fair in Cologne, Germany, today shed light on potential changes occurring in the retail environment that could prove positive for independent home improvement retailers across the world. John Herbert, general secretary of the European ... Read More »

International Hardware Show: ‘A Different Kind of Event’

Attendance momentum continued to grow as the International Hardware Fair began its second day this morning in Cologne, Germany (with an estimated 55,000 people scheduled to attend). The theme of the day was clear to all who came—innovation. From the ... Read More »

Retail Employment Down 6,700 in February

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 175,000 in February, with the unemployment rate at 6.7 percent and the labor force participation rate at 63.0 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported. The National Retail Federation calculated retail employment ... Read More »