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Ace’s Open Buying Day Scheduled for June

Ace Hardware

This summer, industry vendors will have the opportunity to introduce their products to Ace Hardware during the co-op’s Open Buying Day event. Ace will host the event June 21 at the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center in Oak …

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Route 66 With Renee: Local Love in Albuquerque

After hitting the road Tuesday, our Great American Route 66 Road Trip team found a spot to rest up and get ready for another day of driving and visiting local businesses in New Mexico. We enjoyed dinner at a local …

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Improving Economy a Focus at NRHA All-Industry Conference


The U.S. home improvement industry has grown by 5 percent annually since 2012, with similar growth rates likely over the next five years. How can your business realize its full potential during these years of growth? Find out at the NRHA …

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NRHA Announces 2016 Young Retailer of the Year Award Winners

Young Retailer

The North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) recently named eight home improvement retailers as 2016 Young Retailer of the Year honorees. The recognition program, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, identifies and honors the next generation of aspiring independent home improvement …

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Route 66 With Renee: A Warm Welcome in Amarillo

After a wonderful second night’s sleep at the Colcord Hotel, The Great American Route 66 Road Trip crew was ready to kick off day two of the journey. We all piled in to our awesome Ram ProMaster City, which was …

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Route 66 With Renee: Local Charm in Oklahoma City

IWS Road Trip

Last summer, I road tripped with Independent We Stand to visit local retailers along a route from Detroit to Boston, helping celebrate and spread awareness of small businesses of all kinds, including hardware and home improvement stores. This week, I headed out again with three …

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NRHA Kicks Off Route 66 Road Trip in Oklahoma

Road Trip

This week, Independent We Stand is road tripping to spread awareness about independent businesses across the country and the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) is going along for the ride. The Great American Route 66 Road Trip kicks off March 14 in Oklahoma City. …

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Trends Spotted at the 2016 International Home + Housewares Show


Retailers across several industries gathered in Chicago at the McCormick Center to check out the latest and greatest products and innovations to hit the market. Thousands of new items were on display at the 2016 International Home + Housewares Show (IH+HS), which ran March …

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