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Walmart and Microsoft Plan Technology Partnership

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Walmart has announced it will begin using Microsoft’s cloud data technology for a range of cloud, artificial intelligence and internet of things applications. The five-year agreement further deepens the bond between the two companies, which have a common foe in Amazon. ... Read More »

HIRI Insights Conference Highlights New Trends

If you want to learn more about popular home improvement projects and the trends, technology and talent driving them forward, plan to attend the 2018 Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) Insights Conference. Held at the Hyatt Lodge in Oak Brook, ... Read More »

Lowe’s Snags Another Top J.C. Penney Exec

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Lowe’s has hired a second high-profile J.C. Penney executive, just two months after successfully recruiting the department store chain’s CEO. On July 20, Lowe’s named Joseph M. McFarland III as executive vice president of stores, effective Aug. 15. He will oversee Lowe’s ... Read More »

Island Ace Hardware Tailors Its Approach to Support Community

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Mark Schulein had just become a local business owner when a storm dumped torrential rain on the north shore of the Hawaiian island of Kauai. Schulein and business partner Matt Fales bought Island Ace Hardware in March in Princeville, which ... Read More »

House-Hasson Hardware Summer Market Unites Retailers

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At the 2018 House-Hasson summer dealer market in Sevierville, Tennessee, retailer attendees got information on the regional distributor’s programs and products to help their businesses succeed. Held June 14-16 at the Sevierville Events Center near the Great Smoky Mountains National ... Read More »

PRO Group Hosts 2018 Group Merchandising Conference

PRO Group Inc. recently hosted its Group Merchandising Conference in Atlanta, facilitating more than 1,600 meetings between vendors and member distributors. Conference attendees built new business relationships by discussing new products, taking advantage of conference specials and connecting at networking events, ... Read More »

Consumer Spending on Retail Increased in June

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The U.S. Department of Commerce announced that consumer spending on retail sales, which includes spending at stores, websites and restaurants, rose 0.5 percent in June from May’s figure, The Wall Street Journal reports. Consumer spending, contributes more than two-thirds to ... Read More »

Do it Best Corp. Names New National Logistics Manager

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Do it Best Corp. announced the promotion of co-op veteran Steve Rose to national logistics manager, effective July 16. Rose has served as safety director since joining Do it Best Corp. in 2011. In that role, he was responsible for ... Read More »