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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.”

Manufacturers, Distributors Gather for Executive Planning Conference

Executive Planning Conference

Distribution America and PRO Group Inc. recently co-hosted distributors and manufacturers for the annual Executive Planning Conference in Florida. The mid-November event included three days of more than 2,600 face-to-face distributor and supplier meetings, as well as networking events. Steve …

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Making Big Splashes With Shower Updates

Click the picture to download a PDF of this story Homeowners who are planning to remodel their master bathrooms are making a big deal out of shower upgrades. Master bathrooms are one of the top spaces homeowners remodel, according to …

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Better Than 2016: Lowe’s Sales Hit $16B in Q3


2017 is shaping up to be a better year than 2016 for Lowe’s, with sales and earnings increasing in its first nine months, including in the third quarter. Net earnings for the first three quarters were $2.9 billion, versus $2.4 …

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Ace Hardware’s Revenue Up Again in Q3

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Ace Hardware Corp. reported growth in revenue and net income for the third quarter of 2017. The cooperative released its financial results Nov. 16, calling revenues of $1.34 billion a record for the company. Revenue for the quarter grew 9.1 percent …

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Sears Selling Properties to Support Worker Pensions

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Sears Holdings has announced plans to contribute hundreds of millions of dollars to employee pensions with the sale of 140 properties, according to the company. “The struggling retailer said it expects to raise the $407 million in pension contributions by selling the …

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Sears Holdings to Continue Store Closures in 2018

store closures

Sears Holdings is planning more Sears and Kmart store closures for January 2018, according to CBS News. The latest store closures include 45 Kmarts and 18 Sears locations in more than 25 states, CBS News reports. The money-losing Sears has worked on selling off iconic …

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Ace-Sponsored TV Show ‘Make48’ Goes National


A TV show that Westlake Ace Hardware has sponsored in the past now has a sponsorship from Ace Hardware Corp. and debuted nationally this fall. “Make48” features several teams of inventors competing against each other to create new consumer products …

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Highlights From 2017 Employee Compensation Report

Employee Compensation

Click the image above to see how data from the 2017 Employee Compensation Report appeared in Hardware Retailing‘s November issue. NRHA Presents Insights From New Report Retailers’ payroll expenses can be a critical part of their operations’ profitability. The North American Retail Hardware …

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