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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.”

Emphasize the Priorities of Remodelers

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Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. By Kate Klein, kklein@nrha.org Attracting or keeping pro remodelers’ business requires focusing on what matters most to them. Many of the home remodelers who participated in a contractor study from the Home Improvement …

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Revenue, Store Sales Up for Ace Hardware

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Ace Hardware Corp. reported revenue and same-store sales growth for the third quarter of 2018. The co-op’s quarterly revenues were $1.43 billion, an uptick of 6.3 percent from third-quarter 2017. The growth was the result of adding new stores, increasing retail …

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Federal Changes to Housing Affordability

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Homeownership benefits home improvement retailers for clear reasons, including the fact that homeowners maintain and upgrade their houses with products retailers sell. Buying, though, is more difficult than it used to be, due to high prices and a limited number …

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Q&A: A Perspective on Home Sales, Remodeling and Construction

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Paul Bishop is the vice president of research for the National Association of Realtors® and leads the research division’s survey and market research activities, which include analyzing real estate business and policy issues. He took questions from Hardware Retailing magazine about the …

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Physical Stores Beat Amazon for Power Tool Sales

Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. By Kate Klein, kklein@nrha.org Brick-and-mortar retailers in the U.S. still garner the majority of consumer spending on power tools, despite the ever-expanding online retail marketplace.  Recent TraQline survey data from research firm …

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Download a Free Holiday Marketing Toolkit

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The busy holiday shopping season is a great time to remind your customers that shopping local makes a positive difference in your community. The North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) and Independent We Stand offer a free marketing toolkit for you to …

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A Brief History of Black Friday

Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. By Kate Klein, kklein@nrha.org Do you know Black Friday’s backstory? The shopping holiday’s name has been connected to retailing only in recent history, when the days after Thanksgiving became some of …

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PRO Group Promotes Wodark to CFO

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PRO Group Inc. has promoted controller Heidi Wodark to chief financial officer. Wodark joined PRO Group in 2007, and has served in the controller position since then. PRO Group is headquartered in Denver and is a wholesale marketing group in …

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