Home » Kate Klein (page 77)

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.”

A New Generation of Pricing: Competing in the Information Era

To download a PDF of this story, click here. Visit hardwareretailing.com/2015pricing-study to view the NRHA’s 2015 State of Pricing Study.  Whether you like it or not, today’s consumers have access to detailed pricing information for every item in your store. In fact, in some cases, …

Read More »

Ace Acquisitions Contribute To Double-Digit Growth

Buying two wholesale companies and growing same-store sales boosted revenue for Ace Hardware Corp. in 2014. The home improvement co-op reported 2014 fiscal-year revenue of $4.7  billion, for growth of 13.2 percent year over year. Fourth-quarter revenue also increased, up 13.6 percent …

Read More »

Lowe’s Sees Sales Growth in 2014

Lowe’s reported sales increases for its fourth quarter of 2014, as well as for the fiscal year. The year’s sales were $56.2 billion, a 5.3-percent increase from 2013. Fourth-quarter sales totaled $12.5 billion, which was an increase of 7.3 percent from the …

Read More »

Creative Transportation Doubles as Mobile Advertising for Store

Rick Alspaugh needed a solution to his Texas store’s overflowing parking lot, and building a parking garage didn’t make financial sense. As the problem worsened, a neighboring business was turning Alspaugh Ace Hardware’s customers away so its own tenants had space for parking. Some …

Read More »

January Home Construction Up Year Over Year

Construction started on more homes in January than in the same month a year ago. The U.S. saw 1.07 million new housing starts in January, an increase of about 19 percent from January 2014, according to data from the National Association …

Read More »

Turning Merchandising Into Offbeat Art

Get creative with your window merchandising. Can you turn your windows into eye-catching, offbeat art? Independent home improvement stores in San Francisco decked out their window displays for Valentine’s Day this month – and they weren’t showcasing chocolate and roses. The …

Read More »

Ace Launches Express Delivery to Homes, Other Sites

For a $5 fee, nearly three dozen Ace Hardware stores in the U.S. are sending employees to deliver online orders to customers’ homes, businesses and job sites. Ace launched its Express Delivery pilot program earlier this year at 33 stores in Arizona, Colorado, …

Read More »

From Forbes: Ace Hardware CEO, Retailer Explain Success

In its March 2 issue, Forbes magazine recognizes Ace Hardware as a business success story and highlights a thriving chain of Ace stores. Ace is now a $4.7 billion co-op with thousands of locally owned stores, despite massive changes to retail such as the …

Read More »

market

Key Retail Metrics

 

Wednesday, Mar. 17 at 2 P.M. ET