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Ace-Sponsored TV Show ‘Make48’ Goes National

Make48

A TV show that Westlake Ace Hardware has sponsored in the past now has a sponsorship from Ace Hardware Corp. and debuted nationally this fall. “Make48” features several teams of inventors competing against each other to create new consumer products ... Read More »

Why Did Ace Hardware Buy an E-Commerce Business?

The Grommet

John Venhuizen, Ace Hardware president and CEO, recently took questions from Hardware Retailing about the co-op’s purchase of The Grommet, an e-commerce startup company. Ace announced the purchase Oct. 3. Hardware Retailing (HR): Why did Ace purchase a majority stake in The Grommet?  John Venhuizen (JV): There ... Read More »

Ace Hardware Buys E-Commerce Company

Grommet

Ace Hardware Corp. announced Tuesday that it has purchased the majority stake in e-commerce startup The Grommet. The Grommet operates an e-commerce website that markets and sells new and innovative products created by independent entrepreneurs, also known as makers, according to Ace. The Grommet has ... Read More »

Ace Hardware Hosts Maker to Market Event for Product Inventors

Maker to Market

Ace Hardware Corp. hosted its first Maker to Market™ Day, an event created to allow entrepreneurs and inventors to pitch product ideas that could end up for sale in co-op stores. Ace employees who make purchasing decisions for more than 5,000 ... 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 »

Ace Hardware CEO: ‘It’s Either Forward or It’s Lights Out’

Ace Hardware

The Ace Hardware 2017 Fall Convention began with both warnings and encouragement from the cooperative’s top executives. Ace leaders spoke to retailers at the buying show’s general session, which started off the Aug. 17-19 convention in Chicago. President and CEO ... Read More »

Ace Hardware Reports Revenue Growth in Q2

Ace Hardware

Ace Hardware Corp. today reported an increase in revenue over the previous year for the second quarter of 2017. The co-op’s second-quarter 2017 revenues were $1.5 billion, an increase of $66 million, or 4.6 percent, over the second quarter of 2016, which is ... Read More »

Ace Hosting Entrepreneurs at Maker to Market Event

Ace Hardware

Ace Hardware Corp. is inviting entrepreneurs to show off their best product innovations at its first Maker to Market event. Formerly known as Open Buying Day, Ace’s new Maker to Market event will offer attendees opportunities to pitch their products to a panel of ... Read More »