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Home Depot, Walmart Take On Amazon’s E-Commerce


For big box retailers Home Depot and Walmart, the pressure to compete against  Amazon is huge. One way brick-and-mortar businesses are stepping up against the e-commerce giant is by using physical stores to their advantage. Using Physical Stores to Compete ... Read More »

How Walmart Pay Stacks Up Against Other Shopping Apps

Since launching Walmart Pay in early July, Walmart has been struggling to get its customers on board with the app—an issue that hasn’t been as big a problem for other chains. Recent research shows that 5.5 percent of consumers would ... Read More »

NRHA Supports Fuller Center Volunteer Efforts

Fuller Center

Families across the U.S. now live in nicer, safer homes due to the efforts of independent retailers, the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) and cyclists with the Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure. More than 100 bicyclists hit the road from June 10 ... Read More »

Ace Hardware Focuses on Building on Successes

Retailers stood in a packed line to get into the Ace Hardware Convention and Exhibits when the show opened last Thursday, keen on looking for new products and meeting with other store owners. They flooded the floor after the event’s ... Read More »

Porch.com Announces Expansion of Features


Porch.com, a Seattle-based company that began partnering with Lowe’s in 2014, recently announced that it is expanding its services to help home improvement professionals grow their businesses. The website is a searchable database of professional contractors who do home improvement work. Homeowners go to Porch.com ... Read More »

Quarterly Earnings Up for Big Boxes, Ace


The Home Depot, Lowe’s and Ace Hardware each recently released their quarterly earnings reports for the second quarter of 2016, and all three showed sales growth. Ace Hardware Corp. reported both revenue and net income growth, posting the second highest net income ... Read More »

What Do Consumers Like About Your Store?

Do you ever wonder what makes your store a customer favorite? Well, according to research from The Farnsworth Group, an Indianapolis-based market research company, consumers who list independent home improvement outlets as their favorite stores say customer service endears them to ... Read More »

West Virginia Store Supports Victims After June Flooding

West Virginia

In the wake of widespread flooding that killed 23 and left thousands homeless in the state of West Virginia, several businesses found ways to organize and bring relief to victims. Hardman Supply Company is one of those businesses. They continue to provide relief ... Read More »