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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.”

Home Depot Partners With University to Develop Tech Products

Home Depot recently partnered with Georgia Institute of Technology to open a center for developing and testing high-tech consumer products. The university-based research and development center allows students to work for Home Depot to develop new ideas and create potential products, …

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U.S. Home Sales Down Overall in 2014

Fewer homes sold in 2014 in the U.S. than in 2013, and home prices rose, according to new data from the National Association of Realtors. About 3 percent fewer homes sold overall, a drop from 5.09 million sales to 4.93 year-over-year, the …

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Edibles in Simple Displays Add to Impulse Sales

Displaying unique food and glass bottles of soda pop near the checkout counter has customers coming back for treats at Capac Hardware in Capac, Michigan. The Do it Best store bought more than 700 bottles of carbonated drinks through a company …

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House-Hasson Hosts Dealer Market

More than 1,200 people attended House-Hasson Hardware Company’s January dealer market. The independent regional hardware distributor hosted the dealer market in Nashville. Attendance was the highest House-Hasson had seen at a market, and included an increasing number of the Amish and …

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2014 Was a Year of Growth for House-Hasson

House-Hasson Hardware Company helped customers design and build more than 20 percent more new and remodeled hardware stores and lumberyards year-over-year. The store-set increase to 37 projects in 2014 was accelerated by a trend that began in earnest in 2013 for two reasons, …

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Your Daily Grind Is a New Fashion Statement

Paint, plywood, drill bits and duct tape are stylish to wear this year, if you hadn’t heard. Los Angeles clothing designer Scott Sternberg looked to hardware stores for inspiration for a 2015 men’s clothing collection, according to an article from Women’s …

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Use Snapchat to Compete With Web Retailers

Here’s a suggestion for getting shoppers who check out products in your store to buy from you instead of online: use Snapchat. “A consumer walks into a store, falls in love with a product, whips out her phone, finds a lower price online, and …

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Do it Best Corp. Launches New Website

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Do it Best Corp. has launched a new website designed to improve online shopping for customers and help grow sales and store traffic for the co-op’s member-owners. The new doitbest.com provides new features and tools for consumers and members, including faster and …

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