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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.”

Ace Hardware Q2 Revenue Rises 35%

ace hardware q2 revenue

Ace Hardware Corp. saw revenue, income and store sales increase during the second quarter of 2020 as consumers shifted their spending in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The co-op reports revenues of $2.3 billion for the months of April, May …

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Do it Best Reports Record Profits and Rebates

Do it Best

Do it Best Corp. has announced record net profitability and record rebates for retailers during its most recent fiscal year, which ended in June. The co-op’s total sales for the year were $3.6 billion and net profit was up 12.6 …

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Flowers for All Occasions

Woman at floral shop serving a customer

Proctor Ace Hardware in Neptune Beach, Florida, offers customers a variety of ways to buy flowers. They can go to the greenhouse and get live plants ready to plant in a garden or flowerpot or head over to the Floral …

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Comparing the Big 3: Home Depot, Lowe’s, Menards

The three largest big-box home improvement retailers in the U.S. have unique stories. Lowe’s, as the oldest, began in 1921 as an independently owned single store that grew to 15 locations before it became an investor-owned business in 1961. Read …

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Lowe’s 360: Extra Features

Lowe's

Read the Lowe’s 360 story from Hardware Retailing magazine here. The following extras are only available online and provide a closer look at Lowe’s. SWOT Analysis  Lowe’s has been successful for decades, but operates in a competitive marketplace with strong contenders among …

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A SWOT Analysis of Lowe’s

SWOT

To read Hardware Retailing’s analysis of Lowe’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, click on the icons below and scroll down. Read the full Lowe’s 360 profile here.

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Expert: Lowe’s Is Solid, but Was Slower to Invest in Changes

Lowe's hardware store front

Warren Shoulberg is a retail industry observer and a contributing writer to a variety of business publications, including Forbes. He spoke with Hardware Retailing about Lowe’s position in the home improvement industry and the opportunities the big-box retailer has. For a comprehensive …

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A 360-Degree View of Lowe’s

Lowe's storefront

Lowe’s is making a comeback before it needs one. The company has been busy since 2018, restructuring its executive team, shedding side ventures and reevaluating its approach to serving professional customers.  The retailer is refocusing on growing its core U.S. …

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