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Headlining Stories From the May Issue of Hardware Retailing

The May issue of Hardware Retailing magazine shared highlights from three industry news stories. Click the headlines below to view the full version of each article. Blish-Mize Welcomes New Customers to Spring Buying Market Lowe’s Sees Net Loss in Fourth Quarter House-Hasson ... Read More »

Ace Looks to Experiences, Relationships for Store Success


In-store experiences and customer relationships were major topics at the Ace Hardware Spring 2019 Convention & Exhibits. Howard Schultz, former chairman and CEO of Starbucks, spoke at the convention’s general session, which kicked off the March 26-28 buying show in ... Read More »

What Your Customers Want From Eco-Friendly Products in 2019

The array of green or eco-friendly home products available to most American consumers is vast, ranging from towels made from sustainably grown bamboo to house paint that is safe enough to eat. But just because the number of green household ... Read More »

Navigating Changing Marijuana Laws

Drug policy concerns for businesses are getting more complex throughout the U.S. as states begin enforcing new laws that allow licensed medical marijuana use or both medical and recreational uses. Attorney Luke Wake from the National Federation of Independent Businesses ... Read More »

Going and Going With Battery-Powered Outdoor Power Equipment

Many consumers are skeptical of battery-powered outdoor power equipment, though battery technology has advanced rapidly. Homeowners tend to question the run time, power capability, price and durability of battery-powered equipment, research from The Farnsworth Group shows. Older shoppers are more ... Read More »

Headlining Stories From April’s Hardware Retailing


The April issue of Hardware Retailing magazine shared highlights from three important industry news stories. Click the headlines below to view the full version of each article. Ace Hardware Corp. Sees Revenue, Same-Store Sales Growth True Value Sees ‘No Limits’ to Growth ... Read More »

Housing Trends Report: Millennials Are the Most Likely to Buy Homes

Housing Trends Report

At the end of 2018, fewer Americans were planning to buy a house in the next 12 months than during the year prior—but members of the millennial generation were the most likely to plan a home purchase. The National Association ... Read More »

Ace Hardware Is Focused on Retailer-Centric Change and Growth

Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. Onward and Upward By Kate Klein, kklein@nrha.org Ace Hardware Corp. is on a growth path that maintains its retailer-owned cooperative model, continues to pursue its core values and finds new, adaptive ways to ... Read More »