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Amazon Trims Prices and Stock Price

In a recent push to compete better with Walmart, Amazon has cut prices on consumer goods such as toilet paper and groceries. Amazon has recently been in “investment mode”, pricing aggressively…

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Ace Hardware Exemplifies Using Customers as Marketing Tool

Customer service is now getting recognition as a marketing tool for retailers, and Ace Hardware’s service is getting applause along with retailers such as Zappos.com and Morton’s The Steakhouse. Traditionally, the…

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Hardware Retailers Refuse to Open on Thanksgiving

Hardware retailers were among store chains making a point to keep their businesses closed on Thanksgiving this year. Home Depot and Ace Hardware both announced via social media that their…

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Switch Bargain Hunters to Loyal Customers

Businesses should make it a priority to build customer loyalty, not just promote special sales, this holiday shopping season, according to an article by Inc. While customers are actively seeking gifts for…

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Industry Veteran John Sullivan Dies at Age 88

A 30-year veteran of the retail hardware industry, who worked as a journalist and in corporate communications for True Value, died this month. John Sullivan, 88, of Danville, Illinois, died…