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Manufacturers Invited to Attend PRO Group Conference

Group Merchandising Conference Highlights Continued Industry Optimism

Manufacturers will meet with PRO Group-affiliated distributors during the Group Merchandising Conference (GMC) June 16-18 at the Embassy Suites Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park. Vendors will have the opportunity to demonstrate and showcase products to distributor buyers at the GMC ... Read More »

Report: U.S. Retail Sales Outpace GDP Growth in 2013

Total retail sales in the U.S. reached more than $4.5 trillion in 2013, and e-commerce accounted for a large part of that growth, up 16.9 percent in 2013, according to market research firm eMarketer. Total retail sales are leading economic ... Read More »

Sherwin-Williams Reveals Latest Consumer Paint Trends

Colorful home improvements are planned across the country this spring as homeowners look to create dream spaces with paint, according to a new National Home Design and Color Survey from Sherwin-Williams. The survey found seven out of 10 homeowners plan ... Read More »

Security Products Manufacturer Reaches 90th Anniversary Milestone

German-based security products manufacturer ABUS is celebrating its 90th year of business this year. In 1924, ABUS, which stands for August Bremicker und Söhne (“and sons”), was started by August Bremicker and his sons in the cellar of their family home ... Read More »

Home Hardware Celebrates 50th Anniversary at Spring Market

Home Hardware Stores Limited played host to thousands of dealer-owners, store employees, vendors and business partners from across Canada at its Spring Market, held April 6-8 in St. Jacobs, Ontario, where the company celebrated its 50th year in business. At ... Read More »

Do it Best Corp. Recognized for Information Technology Work


An ongoing commitment to mobile technology and app development in 2013 earned Do it Best Corp. a spot in a list of the top business technology innovators in the U.S. InformationWeek, a leading publication of the business technology community, placed ... Read More »

Retail Employment Grows in March

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 192,000 in March, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.7 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The National Retail Federation calculated month-to-month retail employment increased 18,200 in March and 229,000 ... Read More »

Heavy Lifting: Retailers, Suppliers Weather the Storm

Retailers can’t predict the future, but if they’re preparing for seasonal and inclement weather, they have to try. If they guess incorrectly, they might find the disruption in product delivery can be as catastrophic as the weather itself. By looking ... Read More »