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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.”

Walmart Tests Fixed Employee Scheduling

employee scheduling

Walmart is trying out a new method for offering fixed employee scheduling at approximately 650 stores, according to The Wall-Street Journal. The system allows select employees to have a set schedule for six months at a time, rather than finding out three …

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Home Depot CEO: Homeowners Are Investing

Home Depot homeowners

Homeowners are living in their houses longer than in the past, home values are increasing and millennials are forming their own households—all good news for Home Depot, according to CEO Craig Menear. “All of those have actually helped our business. I …

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New CEO for World and Main

World and Main

National distributor World and Main has hired former building supply company executive Bryan Yeazel as its new president and CEO, effective immediately. Yeazel replaces G. Stephen LeGraw, who served as interim CEO for the past few months following executive staff changes, …

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Like Home Depot, Lowe’s to Open Direct Fulfillment Center

Here’s a change for Lowe’s: The company is opening a direct fulfillment facility to ship products straight to consumers in an effort to expand its online sales and speed up deliveries. Rival Home Depot already operates three direct fulfillment centers that support its growing online …

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Moving Forward With World and Main Market

The World and Main Fall Market last week presented retailers with opportunities to connect with each other, meet with vendors and buy products at special prices. The buying show, which is World and Main’s first Houston market since retiring the Handy Hardware name and branding in January, …

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Stepping Out: Retailers Talk Selling and Exiting a Business

You’ve heard the stories. A store owner is ready to retire or gets ill and can no longer manage his or her business, and no family member or employee is next in line to take over. Sometimes, the future of …

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Expert Q&A: How to Prepare a Business to Sell

Accurately assessing the value of a business is challenging but important for preparing a store to sell and setting a realistic asking price. Hardware Retailing spoke with Gary Pittsford, president and CEO of Castle Wealth Advisors in Indianapolis, to get advice …

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Store Cashing in on ‘Pokemon Go’ Craze

Pokemon Go

The mural on the side of Maxbauer Ace Hardware depicts Traverse City, Michigan—but when “Pokemon Go” players go to the store, they see a digital cartoon character on the wall. And that’s OK with the staff at Maxbauer Ace. When …

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