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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.”

NRHA Matching Grant Funds House Renovations

A family of five in California now has a safer home due to a project partially funded by the North American Retail Hardware Association. NRHA provided The Fuller Center for Housing of Los Angeles with a $1,000 matching grant to help …

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New Responsive Website Launched at Reliable Distributors Conference

National buying and marketing group Reliable Distributors kicked off its 2015 Management and Marketing Conference on Thursday, March 12, in Orlando, Florida. Two new members, The Islander Group from Mililani, Hawaii, and Allcon Products/Hennix Group from Anaheim, California, were introduced …

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Game Night Promotes Product Category

Yoder’s Shipshewana Hardware has invited customers to a game night Thursday, offering a multi-purpose event at the store. Games and toys are an important category for the Shipshewana, Indiana, store, and hosting the game night is drawing attention to the 3,000 SKUs …

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Millennials Prefer Higher-Tech House Shopping

Millennials are likely to be the generation that buys the highest number of homes this year — and the real estate agents serving them are having to learn cross-generational communication. “We’re seeing a population on the consumer side that is not being …

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Target To Cut Thousands Of U.S. Jobs

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Less than two months after announcing it was closing all of its Canada stores, Target Corp. has committed to more cuts: U.S. corporate jobs. The Minneapolis-based retailer’s goal is to reduce costs by $2 billion over the next two years to …

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NRHA Logo Taking Coast-To-Coast Fundraising Trip

The North American Retail Hardware Association’s logo will be biking across the country this year. Bicyclists participating in the Fuller Center for Housing’s annual fundraiser, which is a 4,000-mile bike ride from California to Maine, will be wearing jerseys with NRHA’s …

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Do it Best-Home Hardware Partnership Gains New Executive Director

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Alliance International, the Do it Best buying partnership with Canadian co-op Home Hardware Stores Limited, has named a new executive director. Greg Mann replaced long-standing executive director Greg Thomas and will be leading Alliance International, which has $5 billion in …

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National Hardware Show® To Debut Auction

For the first time, the largest industry event for home improvement retailers around the world will feature an auction concept. The National Hardware Show® is hosting the auction, which will give May show attendees opportunities to bid on hundreds of different product lots …

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