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Renee Changnon

Renee Changnon is the retail outreach coordinator for NRHA. She meets with retailers in their stores and at industry events and introduces them to the services NRHA provides. Renee previously worked as a member of the NRHA communications team. She earned a degree in visual journalism from Illinois State University, where she served as the features editor for the school newspaper. After college, she implemented marketing and promotions initiatives at Jimmy John’s franchise locations across the country. She enjoys exploring books with her book club, Netflix marathons and hosting goat yoga at her apartment complex. Renee Changnon 317-275-9442 rchangnon@nrha.org

Enduring Traditions: Military Service and Hardware

Military

Residents of Ellicott City, Maryland, patronize Clarks Ace Hardware for reasons beyond their latest home improvement project. Shopping at the store allows them to support a local, family-owned business. The business has a team of hardworking individuals, many of whom are …

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True Value Announces Year-to-Date Growth Through Q3

true value fall reunion

This week, True Value Company reported both revenue and gross billings increases for the first nine months of 2016. The home improvement co-op posted year-to-date gross billings of $1.59 billion as of Oct. 1, up 1.6 percent or $25.6 million. Revenue was $1.16 billion …

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Google Is Making Mobile Payments Faster

Mobile Payments

Android device users who have abandoned mobile shopping carts to avoid typing in passwords or credit card information will soon have an alternative. Google has partnered with MasterCard and Visa in an effort to make mobile payments faster and easier to complete, starting in 2017. …

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Will Walmart Price Cuts Shake Up Retail?

walmart

Walmart is implementing some deep price cuts on products, and the effects could be far reaching. Companies impacted the most by the big-box retailer’s slashed prices include Target, Family Dollar and Dollar General, which may see lower earnings if they drop prices to compete, Business Insider reports this …

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Retailer Promotes Pumpkins for a Purpose

pumpkins

Pumpkins may sell well as seasonal decor, but at Akard True Value Hardware, they also promote good causes. Since 2013, the Zionsville, Indiana, store has promoted Pumpkins for a Purpose, a fundraiser and pumpkin painting contest. Organizations and people from the community bring to the …

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China International Hardware Show Adds Enhancements

CIHS 2016

This month, more than 50,000 people will gather in Shanghai, China, to attend the China International Hardware Show (CIHS) 2016. Now in its 16th year, enhancements to the show will provide a more convenient experience for both exhibitors and visitors. CIHS 2016 will take place Oct. …

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Who Is Bidding on Sears’ Craftsman Business?

Craftsman

As Sears continues to search for ways to make its business profitable again, a bidding war may be underway for the company’s Craftsman tool business, Bloomberg reports. Earlier this year, Sears announced it was looking to generate more cash through its Craftsman, Kenmore …

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Bass Pro Shops to Buy Cabela’s for $5.5 Billion

Cabela's

Two former rivals in the outdoor sporting goods industry are uniting. On Oct. 3, Bass Pro Shops announced that it is acquiring Cabela’s Incorporated for about $5.5 billion. The companies are expected to close the deal during the first half of 2017, according to an article …

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