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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.”

Americans’ Retail Spending Drops in June

Americans spent less on home improvement and garden products in June than in May, according to estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. Shoppers reduced their home improvement spending by 1.3 percent in that period. The June 2014 to June 2015 drop was 1.4 percent. Overall retail …

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Menards to Stop Selling Flooring That Contains Toxic Chemical

Menards has committed to ending sales of vinyl flooring that contains toxic chemicals called phthalates, following the lead of Lowe’s and Home Depot, which made similar commitments earlier this year. All three companies have agreed to phase out those products …

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Barn Look Reflects Store’s Primary Business

Customers who look for fencing and halters for horses at Race Brothers Farm & Home Supply in Carthage, Missouri, get a small reminder of life on the farm as they shop for those products. They walk through the entrance of …

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House-Hasson Merchandising VP Dies at Age 58

Gerald Allen Winn Jr., House-Hasson Hardware’s vice president of merchandising, died Sunday at age 58. Winn had worked for 32 years for House-Hasson, which is a regional hardware distributor headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee. He was known throughout the hardware industry …

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4 Reasons Home Depot Tops Lowe’s Web Sales

The Home Depot has consistently grown its e-commerce business, doing more than twice as much in sales online as Lowe’s did last year. Forbes offers suggestions for why The Home Depot is outpacing its top competitor in web sales: “(B)etter interconnectedness between …

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Farnsworth Group Hires Experienced Researcher

Market research firm The Farnsworth Group has added an experienced market researcher to its team. Josh Bender, who has more than 10 years of market research experience developing long-term relationships with Fortune 500 clients, is the firm’s new business development manager. The Farnsworth …

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Retail Jobs Offer Long-Term Career Value

Retail jobs offer employees long-term benefits, including career advancement and skill set development, according to recent research from the National Retail Federation. For example, retailing teaches workers valuable skills, such as an “ability to work with anyone; ability to take direction; composure; …

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House-Hasson Buys Long-Lewis Hardware

Regional hardware distributor House-Hasson bought Long-Lewis Hardware Company, finalizing the deal today. House-Hasson, which is based in Knoxville, Tennessee, will gain about $30 million in annual sales due to the purchase, boosting the distributor’s annual revenues above $200 million, according to the company. …

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