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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.”

Lowe’s Canadian Operations Evolve With Marcil Brand Change

Marcil

Lowe’s presence in Canada has been evolving over the past four years, with business acquisitions and branding changes included in the company’s growth strategy. One of its newest changes is the rebranding of 17 home improvement stores Feb. 26 in …

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Home Depot Sees Sales and Earnings Increase in 2017

homee

The Home Depot’s sales and and net earnings rose in the last quarter of 2017, as well as during the full fiscal year. The company released its financial results Feb. 20, reporting $23.9 billion in sales for 2017’s fourth quarter, …

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Lowe’s Adapts Virtual Reality Tool to Train Workers

virtual reality

Lowe’s has been testing in-store virtual reality experiences for customers, and now it is using the technology for employee training. The company has reimagined the consumer version of the tool, Holoroom How To, for workers, called Holoroom How To: Red …

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Ace Hardware CEO Advises Priorities, ‘Productive Paranoia’ for Leaders

Ace Hardware CEO

David Novak, retired CEO of the company that owns the KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut brands, recently interviewed Ace Hardware’s president and CEO for a podcast on leadership. John Venhuizen, who is president and CEO of Ace Hardware Corp., …

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Sears Layoffs Hit Corporate Workers

Sears

Sears recently laid off more than 200 corporate workers as part of “ongoing restructuring,” according to the Chicago Tribune. The layoffs “affected various business units and roles across the organization,” a Sears spokesman says in the Chicago Tribune article from Jan. 31. Sears …

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Employee Compensation Report Now Available

employee compensation

The North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) has released the only in-depth, industry-specific study on employee compensation. The new 2017 Employee Compensation Report is a benchmarking tool for independent home improvement retailers to use for general guidance as they assess their payroll …

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Chatting With Lowe’s, Courtesy of Apple

Business Chat

When Apple announced details of its not-yet-released iOS operating system this month, the name Lowe’s popped up as a partner in a new feature called Business Chat. That new feature will offer an avenue for Lowe’s to offer customer service …

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Perspective: Friends Who Help Make Business Better

When Adam Busscher started meeting fellow independent home improvement retailers from bigger businesses and other countries, he was surprised to gain many business allies. In fact, Adam began developing industry friendships that have made him a better retailer. For years …

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