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Retailers Turn Trash into Unique Treasures

Suzanne Pierce, co-owner of J.P. Lumber in Oakland, Iowa, and her sister, Trudy Weaver, found a unique way to reuse old tools and broken household items. The sisters collect these items, which would otherwise be thrown out, and construct unique ... Read More »

Pending Home Sales Decline in July

Pending home sales were down in July, with higher mortgage interest rates slowing the market, according to the National Association of Realtors®. The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, declined 1.3 percent to 109.5 in July from ... Read More »

‘No Records,’ But Steady Business Mid-Year Across Canada

While the healthy level of activity across Canada appears to be something many retailers shared through most of the country, it may not be enough to put most retailers ahead in sales over last year. Central and Eastern Canada In ... Read More »

Lowe’s Executive Named as New Orchard Supply CEO

Orchard Supply Hardware

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware recently approved Lowe’s acquisition of the majority of assets of Orchard Supply Hardware. Upon the transaction’s closing, Richard D. Maltsbarger, a Lowe’s executive who led the team to acquire Orchard, will ... Read More »

Independent We Stand Now Accepting Nominations for 2013 Indie Award

The national “buy local” movement Independent We Stand is currently accepting nominations for the 2013 Independent Small Business of the Year Award Sponsored by Chrysler Group. The award celebrates the characteristics that make locally owned, independent businesses unique, like quality ... Read More »

Attendees Look For Plumbing Alternatives, Discounts at Orgill’s Fall Dealer Market

Retailers from around the globe arrived in Boston this week for Orgill’s Fall Dealer Market. The show, which opened Thursday morning, ran through Saturday. One of the most talked-about displays on the show floor was a comprehensive showcase for the ... Read More »

Existing-Home Sales Up in July

Existing-home sales jumped in July, with the median price maintaining double-digit year-over-year increases, according to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR). Total existing-home sales increased 6.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.39 million in July from a downwardly revised ... Read More »

“Editorial Challenges the Industry to Evolve”


To watch the video, click here. A testimonial by an independent retailer in the hardware industry. Read More »