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Trevor Kowalchuk: 2014 Young Retailer of the Year

To watch the full video, click here. Trevor Kowalchuk Brandon Home Hardware Building Center, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada Dealer/Owner Category: Over $2 Million in annual sales When Kowalchuk decided to merge his business with a local building center, he faced a ... Read More »

Zach Coblentz: 2014 Young Retailer of the Year

To watch the full video, click here. Zach Coblentz Heartville Hardware, Hartville, Ohio Outdoor Power Equipment Division Manager Category: Over $2 Million in annual sales Every year since Coblentz took leadership of the power equipment department at Hartville Hardware, sales ... Read More »

Lee Rector: 2014 Young Retailer of the Year

To watch the full video, click here. Lee Rector Thomas Home Center True Value, McKinleyville, Calif. Retail Store Manager Category: Under $2 Million in annual sales While he grew up working in the family hardware store, Rector started working full-time ... Read More »

Blake Burgess: 2014 Young Retailer of the Year

To watch the full video, click here. Blake Burgess York Ace Hardware, York, Neb. Partial Owner/General Manager Category: Under $2 Million in annual sales After purchasing a local hardware store in 2010, Burgess spearheaded an update of nearly every aspect ... Read More »

James Coté: 2014 Young Retailer of the Year

To watch the full video, click here. James Coté Osterville House & Garden, Osterville, Mass. Owner Category: Under $2 Million in annual sales When he was just 24 years old, Coté purchased a struggling hardware store that was about to ... Read More »

Say Goodbye to Credit Card Swipes and Signatures

Starting October 2015, MasterCard and Visa will usher in a major change in the U.S. credit card industry.  Credit cards will have microchips in them.  Consumers will use PIN numbers instead of signing credit card receipts.  And consumers will insert ... Read More »

Ace Makes J.D. Power Satisfaction List for Eighth Year

For an eighth consecutive year, Ace Hardware ranks highest in satisfying home improvement retail store customers. Ace Hardware achieves a score of 791 and performs particularly well in the staff and service factor. Menards ranks second with a score of ... Read More »

Is Sear’s “Transition” Plan Working?

“Sears is undergoing a significant transformation, and we fundamentally are changing the way we do business,” says Edward S. Lampert, Sears Holdings’ chairman and CEO in a company release. “Our performance in the first quarter highlights the challenges we are facing ... Read More »