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PRO Group Adds Two to Board of Directors

PRO Group announced the election of Chris Beach and Laurence Meadows to the organization’s Board of Directors. Beach currently serves as president, CEO and chairman of the board of the Bostwick-Braun Company, where he started his career in the company’s Industrial ... Read More »

Radiant Inspiration: Pantone Selects 2014 Color of the Year

Wondering what colors you’ll be mixing this year? The Pantone Color Institute® can help you stay ahead of the curve by keeping you informed of what colors will be popular in 2014. Each year, Pantone looks at colors all over ... Read More »

Eight Young Home Improvement Retailers Named Young Retailer of the Year for 2014

Eight home improvement retailers were recently named “Young Retailer of the Year” for 2014 by the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA). The national recognition program, now in its 18th year, identifies and promotes the next generation of aspiring independent ... Read More »

Retailers, Vendors Report Increased Purchasing at Blish-Mize Spring Buying Market

At its biannual buying market, Atchison-Kan.-based distributor Blish-Mize rolled out new ways to streamline the purchasing process for retailers, many of whom reported increased buying due to the improving housing market nationwide. To assist its customers to stay on top of ... Read More »

Retailers Disappointed in Swipe Fee Ruling


The National Retail Federation recently expressed disappointment in a court decision that will keep the Federal Reserve’s cap on debit card swipe fees at 21 cents rather than reducing it to a lower level. “NRF is disappointed and remains confident ... Read More »

Do it Best Opens Retail Service Center in Sikeston, Mo.

Executives from Do it Best Corp. joined civic and economic development leaders from the city of Sikeston, Mo., Scott County and the state of Missouri at an event recently to celebrate the official grand opening of the co-op’s new Retail ... Read More »

Home Depot Co-Founder Apologizes for Nazi Comment

Kenneth Langone, the billionaire co-founder of The Home Depot, ignited an uproar Tuesday by comparing populist appeals targeting income inequality to arguments made by Nazis in pre-war Germany. Langone made the remark when asked how the rich view the political ... Read More »

Walmart Unleashes Garden Sales

Beginning March 21, and lasting through March 29, Walmart is having its biggest-ever spring sales push, offering discounts of 30 to 50 percent on more than 60 outdoor essentials ranging from lawn mowers to mulch and will advertise the event ... Read More »