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See the Light on CFL Recycling


Disposing CFLs can be as hazardous as traditional fluorescents, and with millions sold each day, retailers who do their research can benefit from developing a recycling plan. But more independent retail operations are starting to look into recycling for not ... Read More »

Survey: Most Homeowners Planning Fall Home Improvement Projects

More than half (52 percent) of homeowners plan to make a home improvement or addition this fall, according to the Zillow® Digs™ Fall Home Improvement Trend and Spending Survey, compared with 60 percent in the summer; homeowners plan to spend ... Read More »

Unemployment Rate Little Changed in August

Both the number of unemployed, at 11.3 million, and the unemployment rate, at 7.3 percent, changed little but decreased in August. The jobless rate is down from 8.1 percent a year ago, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Overall, ... Read More »

Love for Retail Lasts Through the Years, Leads to Dream Job

Jay Bullock is the owner of Jay’s Ace Hardware in Wrens, Ga., and author of “So You Want A Hardware Store“. He also runs retail consultancy Bullock Retail Advisors with his son, Preston, and writes about his experiences running a ... Read More »

Lowe’s Completes Orchard Supply Acquisition

Orchard Supply Hardware

Lowe’s completed its previously announced acquisition of the majority of assets of Orchard Supply Hardware, including 72 Orchard stores, for approximately $205 million in cash, plus the assumption of payables owed to nearly all of Orchard’s supplier partners. The acquisition expands ... Read More »

Retailers Encouraged to Share Advice on PlanItDIY.com Blog

At PlanItDIY.com, we are always looking for great retailer bloggers who can tell us more about what’s going on behind-the-scenes at their stores, what their customers are up to and what projects they’re working on in their homes or stores. ... Read More »

PlanItDIY Team Announces Yard Makeover Contest Winner

The team at PlanItDIY.com has selected Angela MacOwan’s DIY project—Creating a Mini Koi Pond—the winner of its recent Yard Makeover Contest. For her effort, Angela received a $250 shopping spree on Aug. 23 in the local independent hardware store where ... Read More »

Chairman & Cheerleader: Jerry Meis Plays Dual Role on NRHA Board

jerry meis sitting in basketball stadium

Driving past Kinnick Stadium, home to the University of Iowa Hawkeyes football team, Jerry Meis slows his driving to a crawl as something catches his eye. The university has planted corn on either side of the main entrance to the ... Read More »