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Five Business Lessons Independent Retailers Can Take Away from Sochi Olympics

It comes only every two years, and, as many of us have over the last few nights, we have spent time enamored by the amazing feats of athleticism displayed by the athletes at the Olympics. These athletes display such an …

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Plumbing and Electrical Store Introduced at Handy Hardware Spring Market

Handy Hardware introduced its new Plumbing and Electrical Store at its Spring Market, held Feb. 13-15 in Houston. The Plumbing and Electrical Store offered more than 1,000 planograms from key suppliers and allowed dealers the opportunity to better understand new …

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Monroe Hardware Spring Dealer Market Exceeds Expectations

Attendance at the Monroe Hardware Spring Dealer Market at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center in Concord, NC, surpassed previous records. The convention staff had to scramble to handle overflow at the annual breakfast buying bonanza and Keith Driscoll, director …

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Home Depot Opens Direct Fulfillment Center

Home Depot announced today the opening of its new direct fulfillment center in Locust Grove, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta. It is the first of three new DFCs the company will open across the U.S. over the next two years, …

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Reliable Distributors 2014 Annual Conference Announced

Reliable Distributors will hold its annual Management & Marketing Conference, March 27-29, 2014 in Orlando, Fla. The theme for 2014 is “Living in America!” and will showcase Reliable manufacturers and distributors from across the country. Along with one-on-one private meetings between …

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Several Early-Bird Travel Discounts, Things to Do at International Hardware Fair Cologne

The EISENWARENMESSE – International Hardware Fair Cologne runs from March 9 to 12, and visitors are advised to use the remaining weeks to plan their visit. In addition to special travel and hotel conditions awarded by the Koelnmesse partners, early …

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Industry Stock Index Inches Higher

Post-Thanksgiving doldrums had Wall Street worried for the good first half of December. As the trading session ended Dec. 31, 2013, markets turned positive as uncertainty was tempered with action from the Federal Reserve. The Hardware Retailing Stock Index gained …

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A Guide to Navigating Health Care

Some of you may remember the Temptations’ hit song, “Ball of Confusion,” or maybe Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy.” Aside from being hits, these songs’ titles also seem to sum up the way many Americans are feeling about Affordable Care Act …

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