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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.”

10 Reasons to Scope Out Your Competitors

Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. Do you know what your big-box competitors are up to? What are they good at? What don’t they do well? Regularly visiting other retail outlets should be part of your competitive strategy …

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Big-Box Retailers Offer Competitive Incentives to Seasonal Hires

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Big-box stores, including Target and Kohl’s, are looking for new ways to compete for tens of thousands of seasonal workers, the Chicago Tribune reports. “A strong economy has retailers expecting a busy holiday shopping season, but with unemployment near historic lows, …

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Zettler Hardware: A History of Adaptation

Zettler Hardware

Zettler Hardware’s parent business opened in 1844, and its ability to adapt to the times has kept the company alive through changes that were tumultuous for retail and the country itself. Founder John Jacob Zettler was an early settler in …

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Amazon Becomes Second Company Valued at $1 Trillion

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Amazon’s value recently reached a new height, with increased stock prices making the retailer a $1 trillion company. The e-commerce giant is the second American company to achieve a $1 trillion value, hitting that milestone after Apple in August, The …

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Sears Auto Center Grows Tire Sales Partnership With Amazon

Sears Canada

Sears is continuing to grow its partnership with Amazon, expanding its tire business by providing installation and balancing for any tires bought through the online retailer. Sears began working with Amazon in May in 47 auto centers, but now installs …

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Manufacturers and Distributors Weigh In on Steel, Aluminum Tariffs

Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. By Kate Klein, kklein@nrha.org All story data were compiled from a survey of manufacturers and distributors conducted by the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA). Recently announced and proposed tariffs on raw …

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How Homeowners Use Social Media for Projects

Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. By Kate Klein, kklein@nrha.org Homeowners often turn to social media for inspiration and information for their house projects, so if your business is active on Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube, you’re marketing in the …

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Orgill to Expand Texas Distribution Center

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Orgill Inc. has announced that the company will be expanding its distribution center in Kilgore, Texas. The company will nearly double the size of the existing facility to nearly 1 million square feet. “We’re pleased to be in a position …

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