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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.”

Hardware Stores Collect Food for Homeless Pets

Ace Hardware stores in the Springfield, Massachusetts, area are collecting pet food for local humane societies and animal shelters. Rocky’s Ace Hardware, a family-owned business, will collect the pet food through Dec. 23 at its nine stores in the Springfield …

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Industry Veteran John Sullivan Dies at Age 88

A 30-year veteran of the retail hardware industry, who worked as a journalist and in corporate communications for True Value, died this month. John Sullivan, 88, of Danville, Illinois, died Nov. 21. Sullivan worked for three decades in the hardware …

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Home Depot Dealing with Data Breach Lawsuits

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The Home Depot is facing 44 lawsuits at minimum after payment card information was stolen from customers who shopped at the home improvement company’s stores earlier this year, according to Fortune.com. The data breach cost Home Depot $43 million in the third quarter of fiscal …

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Lowe’s Ordered to Pay Nearly $5 Million for Unpaid Overtime

A Florida judge has ordered Lowe’s Home Centers Inc. to pay $4.6 million to human resources employees and their attorneys in a nationwide class-action lawsuit. The Lowe’s human resources employees had sued the home improvement retailer in 2012, claiming that Lowe’s …

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Hardware Retailers Refuse to Open on Thanksgiving

Hardware retailers were among store chains making a point to keep their businesses closed on Thanksgiving this year. Home Depot and Ace Hardware both announced via social media that their stores would be closed on the holiday. Home Depot asked its …

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Home Depot Varies Online Prices Depending on the Customer

Researchers argue in a recent study that many retailers, including Home Depot, use histories of online shoppers’ activity not only to customize movie recommendations or product suggestions on websites, but also to set individual prices for items. Retailers use data …

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Great Lakes Ace Hardware Names Industry Veteran as COO

Great Lakes Ace Hardware named a hardware industry veteran as its new chief operating officer, according to the Farmington Voice. Jason Haley has worked for Ace Hardware for 13 years, and worked in the industry for 26 years, the article said. In …

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