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Melanie Moul

Melanie is the communications and content manager for the North American Hardware and Paint Association. She joined the NHPA team in 2016 as an editor for Hardware Retailing and now helps lead the communications team to deliver relevant, timely content to the industry.

True Value Announces 2024 Spring Reunion Dates, Focus on Retailer Growth

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True Value announced its 2024 Spring Reunion will take place Feb. 2-4 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. The event will highlight several of the key investments True Value has recently made and will be making …

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Industry Leader, Former NHPA President and CEO Bill Lee Dies

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Industry leader and former North American Hardware and Paint Association (NHPA) president and CEO Bill Lee died Friday, September 29. Lee was a passionate supporter of the independent home improvement retail industry, serving the association for over 20 years before …

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2023 HIRI Summit Keynote Talks Consumer Behavior Trends

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Last week, at the 2023 HIRI Summit, keynote speaker Liza Hausman, vice president of industry marketing for Houzz, shared four key focus areas of consumer behavior that retailers can focus on to be sure they are meeting their customers’ needs. …

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FTC Sues Amazon for Illegally Maintaining Monopoly Power

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and 17 state attorneys general today sued Amazon.com, Inc. alleging that the online retail and technology company is a monopolist that uses interlocking anticompetitive and unfair strategies to illegally maintain its monopoly power. The FTC …

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MARSHALLTOWN Acquires Barwalt Tool Co., Expands Presence in the Tile Industry

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MARSHALLTOWN, a privately held construction tools and equipment manufacturer, recently announced the acquisition of Barwalt Tool Co., a manufacturer of quality, professional tiling tools and accessories known for its tile spacers and Ultralight Knee Pads. Based in Post Falls, Idaho, …

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E-Commerce Solutions, New Products Are Highlights of Do it Best Fall Market

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If there is one word that sums up the weekend at the Do it Best 2023 Fall Market, it’s “new.” The co-op officially launched its e-commerce platform, nearly 100 new vendors featuring thousands of new products lined the market aisles …

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Lowe’s, Toro Announce Strategic Partnership


The Toro Co. and Lowe’s Cos. Inc. announced a strategic retail partnership through which Lowe’s will carry Toro zero-turn riding mowers, walk mowers, portable power equipment and snow blowers in both the gas and rapidly expanding battery categories. The Toro …

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Do it Best Reports $4.8 Billion in Sales for 2023 Fiscal Year

Do it Best reported $4.8 billion in sales for the fiscal year ended June 24, 2023, building on three consecutive years of record growth. Since 2021, the company has welcomed nearly 800 new locations to the cooperative. This year, Do …

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