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Umber’s Do it Best Hardware Takes on a Mission

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A local pastor had a tall order for Dave Umber, owner of Umber’s Do it Best Hardware in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The pastor asked Umber to stock his store in three days with enough tornado relief supplies for nearly 300 …

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Ace Hardware Presents New Initiatives at Fall Convention

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Ace Hardware Corp. presented a new growth plan and promoted some new initiatives at its fall buying show in Atlanta. The co-op announced Higher Ground, its new strategic plan, at the Ace Hardware Fall 2019 Convention & Exhibits, which was …

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Ace Hardware Reports Second-Quarter Revenue Growth

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Ace Hardware Corp. has reported record second-quarter 2019 revenues of $1.7 billion, an increase of 6.3 percent from the second quarter of 2018. Net income was $53.8 million for this period, a decrease of $1 million from the second quarter …

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Understanding Lumber Prices

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David Logan, director of tax and trade policy analysis for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), answered questions from Hardware Retailing about lumber prices and other concerns in the homebuilding sector. Hardware Retailing (HR): Why are lumber prices lower …

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Where the Smart Home Market Is Growing

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The U.S. smart home market is growing quickly. In fact, the Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) projects that the market will more than triple in size from 2018 to 2022. Five years ago, safety and security devices were the biggest …

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NRHA New England Road Trip Shows Strength of Independent Retail

New England Road Trip

In order to stay connected with retailers like you, the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) makes it a point to get out and visit as many independent hardware stores, home centers and lumberyards in North America as we can. …

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Hit the Road With Renee: Tailoring Inventory and Serving Communities in Vermont, Boston

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On the fourth day of the NRHA New England Road Trip, I made my way to the Golden Eagle Resort in Stowe, Vermont, to get some sleep before my final day of meeting the enterprising retailers who call the region …

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Hit the Road With Renee: Reliable Operations in New Hampshire, Fun Vibes in Vermont

New Hampshire

After dropping my NRHA colleague Kevin off at the airport Wednesday evening, I made my way to Exeter, New Hampshire. I checked into The Exeter Inn, a boutique hotel that was built in 1932 to host visitors to the Phillips …

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