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Retailer Panels to Shed Light on Independent Industry

State of Independents Conference

High-performance independent home improvement retailers will discuss industry economic conditions, obstacles to growth, technology usage and the next generation of leaders during the 2017 North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) State of Independents Conference. Sponsored by the National Hardware Show®, ... Read More »

2017 Cost of Doing Business Study Now Available

Cost of Doing Business Study

Data from the 2017 Cost of Doing Business Study shows that at a typical independent home improvement store, the average customer spends $22 per transaction. At a high-profit store, that number jumps to $30 per sale. When was the last time ... Read More »

RadioShack Brick-and-Mortar Presence Dependent on Independent Dealers

RadioShack

RadioShack, a consumer electronics company that was once one of the best-known chains in America, has shrunk from thousands of locations around the world to merely 70 company-owned stores in seven states, according to a press release from the company. At its peak, ... Read More »

Ace CEO: Hurricanes, Plans and an ‘Incredibly Good Enemy’

Ace Hardware

Ace Hardware’s president and CEO, John Venhuizen, recently sat down with Hardware Retailing for an interview. He discussed weather events that have impacted Ace retailers, strategies for competing with “an incredibly good enemy” in Amazon and the co-op’s opportunities and plans for growth. ... Read More »

Deals, Demonstrations Take Center Stage at Blish-Mize Fall Buying Market

More deals, more options and more interaction were all in the spotlight at the Blish-Mize Fall Buying Market, held Sept. 15-16 at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, Kansas. Retailers attended the two-day event to prepare for the upcoming ... Read More »

Lowe’s New Supply Chain Exec Comes From Omnichannel Retailer

Lowe's

Lowe’s announced the addition of Michael West as its senior vice president of supply chain field operations, the Charlotte Business Journal reports. West joined the home improvement retailer from his previous post at Neiman Marcus, a high-end omnichannel department store. ... Read More »

Lumber Prices Rise After Hurricanes, Political Deadlock

lumber

Recent hurricanes in the southern U.S. and an ongoing political deadlock between the U.S. and Canadian governments threaten to raise the prices of softwood lumber, reports Canadian newspaper The National Post. Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Commerce claimed ... Read More »

Branneky True Value Hardware Journey Continues After 160 Years

Branneky

In the mid-19th century, many Americans took off on the Oregon Trail in search of new lands and opportunities. Its main departure points were in Missouri, and the route stretched 2,000 miles to California. More than 400,000 pioneers traveled the ... Read More »