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Google Introducing Online Customer Service Ratings

Smaller online merchants will soon be able to better compete with large online retailers like Amazon.com thanks to a multi-year deal Google made recently with an independent provider of customer service ratings and analytics of online businesses. Google has plans ... Read More »

Pending Home Sales Increase in April

Pending home sales improved slightly in April and continue to be well above a year ago, according to the National Association of Realtors. The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, rose 0.3 percent to 106 in April from ... Read More »

Ace Adds Stores in Afghanistan

Ace has plans to enter the home improvement market in Afghanistan and has already partnered with Afghan entrepreneurs to open stores there. Ace Hardware International Holdings, Ltd., the company’s international division, has joined with managing owner Najib Safi and country ... Read More »

Home Depot Workshops to Help Customers Weather Hurricane Season

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As one of several preemptive measures Home Depot is taking in preparation for 2013 hurricane activity, the company is launching a single-day effort to prepare residents in storm-prone regions. On July 27, Home Depot will host free Hurricane Preparedness Workshops at more than ... Read More »

Ace Hardware Foundation’s ‘Racing for a Miracle’ Program Benefits Sick Children

The Ace Hardware Foundation “Racing for a Miracle” program is teaming up with Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) driver Marcos Ambrose to benefit sick children as the driver races in Dover, Del., this weekend. Should the driver of the No. 9 ... Read More »

New-Home Sales Increase 2.3 Percent in April

Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 2.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 454,000 units in April, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. The gain builds on a ... Read More »

Housing Recovery Drives Home Depot’s Increased Sales in First Quarter

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Home Depot reported sales of $19.1 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2013, a 7.4 percent increase from the first quarter of fiscal 2012, brought about largely due to the recovering housing market and despite a colder than average spring. On ... Read More »

PlanItDIY Looking for Retailers to Blog Stories, Insights and Advice

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 »