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Todd Taber

Todd Taber
Todd is trends editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. He graduated from Indiana University where he majored in journalism and French. Throughout his career, he has aimed to highlight small businesses and their community value. He joined NRHA in 2017.

PMI, Consumer Confidence Make Gains

Click the image above to view a full PDF. The nation’s third-quarter 2017 consumer confidence levels rose nearly 20 percent over third-quarter 2016, indicating that consumers feel confident about the overall economy. Some regions ravaged by hurricanes showed measurable consumer …

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Target Buys Grocery Delivery Company Shipt

shipt

Target has purchased delivery startup Shipt Inc., a deal which will enable the retailer to complete same-day deliveries from about half of its 1,800 stores by summer 2018, Bloomberg reports. Customers will pay $99 per year to receive unlimited same-day …

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Lowe’s Names First Chief Digital Officer

Lowe's

Vikram Singh will serve as Lowe’s Cos. Inc.’s senior vice president and its first chief digital officer, the company states in a press release. The chief digital officer will “accelerate Lowe’s digital evolution and drive a holistic integrated strategy to …

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2018 International Hardware Fair Explores Digital Opportunities

international hardware fair

With just under three months before the 2018 EISENWARENMESSE International Hardware Fair (IHF) kicks off, retailers, manufacturers and industry leaders are gearing up for a world-class showcase of the latest products and industry insights. More than 2,700 vendors will present …

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Home Improvement Retailer Busy Beaver Expands

busy beaver

Pittsburgh-based home improvement retailer Busy Beaver has announced plans to open five new locations in 2018, the company reports in a press release. These new stores will be in addition to the 18 locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia …

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Menards Plans to Build Robotic Warehouse

robotic warehouse

Wisconsin-based home improvement retailer Menards has announced plans to construct a new warehouse that will incorporate a 60-foot-tall robotic system to speed up delivery times and cut operating costs, the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram reports. “To be more competitive, we are …

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Home Depot Readies $15B Share Buyback

share buyback

During its 2017 Investor and Analyst Conference, Home Depot’s board of directors announced plans to initiate a $15 billion share buyback program, Reuters reports. “Since 2002 and through the third quarter of fiscal 2017, [Home Depot] has returned approximately $73 …

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Checking the Foundation of the 2017 Housing Market

Solid demand and steadily increasing home prices have been two of the  biggest housing headlines in 2017. To learn more about housing trends this year and predictions going into 2018, Hardware Retailing spoke with George Ratiu, director of quantitative and commercial …

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