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Independent Retailer Attends White House Meeting on Antitrust Issues

antitrust issues

Independent hardware store owner Gina Schaefer attended a meeting on antitrust issues at the White House this week as a representative for brick-and-mortar businesses. The meetings addressed the challenges entrepreneurs, brick-and-mortar retailers and other businesses face competing against tech giants.  …

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R.P. Lumber Celebrates 45 Years

45 years

R.P. Lumber Co., Inc. is celebrating 45 years since Robert and Donna Plummer–school teachers at the time–took a big risk and put everything they had into a rough, vacant property in the small Illinois community of Staunton. Today the company operates …

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Blish-Mize Co. Distribution Center Workers Vote to Leave Teamsters

blish-mize distribution center

Distribution center workers at Blish-Mize Co. voted on Jan. 12 to leave the Teamsters Local 696 union. With assistance from the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, a Blish-Mize employee filed a decertification petition with the National Labor Relations …

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Holiday Spending Experiences Huge Growth in 2021

holiday spending 2021

The National Retail Federation (NRF) released the holiday spending numbers for 2021, which grew 14.1 percent over 2020. Holiday spending topped $886.7 billion, blowing NRF’s forecast, which was a growth of 11.5 percent, out of the water. The increase comes …

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Ace Hardware Named Top Omnichannel Customer Service Provider

Ace omnichannel service

Incisiv, one of the leading insights firms for consumer industry digital transformation leaders, recently released its Omnichannel Customer Service Index and named Ace Hardware as the top omnichannel customer service provider. The index assesses top retailers’ customer service experience and …

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Orgill Announces Realignments Within Purchasing Department

Orgill headquarters

Orgill, the fastest-growing independent hardware distributor in the world, has announced changes to the structure and operations of its purchasing department. These organizational changes reflect the company’s long-term plans for accelerated growth and a continued focus on its mission to …

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Vaccine Mandate for Large Employers

vaccine mandate

The Supreme Court has blocked the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for large employers, but is allowing the separate rule applying only to health care workers employed at facilities receiving federal funding.  In November 2021, President Joe Biden released two new rules …

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Last Call for Young Retailer of the Year Nominations

2022 Young Retailer of the Year

Have you submitted a nomination for the North American Hardware and Paint Association’s (NHPA) 2022 Young Retailer of the Year program? The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, Jan. 28. Click here to learn more about the Young Retailer of the …

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