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Kate Klein

Kate Klein
Kate is profiles editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. She reports on news and industry events and writes about retailers' unique contributions to the independent home improvement sector. She graduated from Cedarville University in her home state of Ohio, where she earned a bachelor's degree in English and minored in creative writing. She loves being an aunt, teaching writing to kids, running, reading, farm living and, as Walt Whitman says, traveling the open road, “healthy, free, the world before me.”

Customers Want Blended In-Store Experiences

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Customers’ expectations for in-store shopping experiences have grown as e-commerce and the capabilities of other retail technologies have changed. As Mark Mathews of the National Retail Federation (NRF) says in the Q&A here, consumers still want to shop in brick-and-mortar …

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Headlining Stories From the October Issue of Hardware Retailing Magazine

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The October issue of Hardware Retailing magazine shares highlights from five industry news stories. Click the headlines below to view the full version of each article Ace Hardware Acquires Home Repair Franchise Opportunities Abound at Orgill’s Fall Dealer Market Ace Hardware …

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Umber’s Do it Best Hardware Takes on a Mission

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A local pastor had a tall order for Dave Umber, owner of Umber’s Do it Best Hardware in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The pastor asked Umber to stock his store in three days with enough tornado relief supplies for nearly 300 …

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Ace Hardware Presents New Initiatives at Fall Convention

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Ace Hardware Corp. presented a new growth plan and promoted some new initiatives at its fall buying show in Atlanta. The co-op announced Higher Ground, its new strategic plan, at the Ace Hardware Fall 2019 Convention & Exhibits, which was …

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Ace Hardware Reports Second-Quarter Revenue Growth

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Ace Hardware Corp. has reported record second-quarter 2019 revenues of $1.7 billion, an increase of 6.3 percent from the second quarter of 2018. Net income was $53.8 million for this period, a decrease of $1 million from the second quarter …

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Understanding Lumber Prices

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David Logan, director of tax and trade policy analysis for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), answered questions from Hardware Retailing about lumber prices and other concerns in the homebuilding sector. Hardware Retailing (HR): Why are lumber prices lower …

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Where the Smart Home Market Is Growing

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The U.S. smart home market is growing quickly. In fact, the Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) projects that the market will more than triple in size from 2018 to 2022. Five years ago, safety and security devices were the biggest …

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Headlining Stories From the September Issue of Hardware Retailing

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The September issue of Hardware Retailing magazine shares highlights from three industry news stories. Click the headlines below to view the full version of each article. True Value CEO Discusses Benefits of Strategic Investment Ace Hardware Names Benjamin Moore Its Preferred …

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