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10 Lessons to Learn About Business Consultants

business consultant

Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. When 10th Street Hardware owners Steve DeShong and Troy Usnik were making plans to open a second store in Philadelphia, a friend recommended using a business consultant to help them manage the …

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After 10 Years, 10th Street Hardware Looks to New Beginnings

10th street hardware

Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. By Melanie Moul mmoul@nrha.org 10th Street and Beyond As someone who only recently became a part of the independent home improvement industry, Steve DeShong had heard a lot of stories …

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Ace CEO: Hurricanes, Plans and an ‘Incredibly Good Enemy’

Ace Hardware

Ace Hardware’s president and CEO, John Venhuizen, recently sat down with Hardware Retailing for an interview. He discussed weather events that have impacted Ace retailers, strategies for competing with “an incredibly good enemy” in Amazon and the co-op’s opportunities and plans for growth. …

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Retail Stories, Advice and a Chance Encounter With Amazon

megan menzer

 Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. As a successful independent retailer and the North American Retail Hardware Association’s (NRHA) chairman of the board, Megan Menzer is a busy person. She values time with family, at church and …

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NRHA Chairman Megan Menzer Never Doubted Her Career Path

Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. By Dan Tratensek, dtratensek@nrha.org If you could ask 10-year-old Megan Menzer what she wanted to be when she grew up, you might be surprised by her answer. She wouldn’t rattle off …

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J.C. Penney Financial Exec Steps Down

J.C. Penney

J.C. Penney announced Monday that its executive vice president and chief financial officer, Edward Record, would vacate his position effective July 11 “to pursue other interests,” according to the company. Record joined the apparel and home goods retailer in March …

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Fred Whyte, Former President of STIHL Inc., Dies at 70

Fred Whyte

Fred Whyte, power tool icon and former president of STIHL Inc., died on July 7 surrounded by family and friends at his Virginia Beach, Virginia, home. The “Man of STIHL” was 70 years old. Originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, Whyte began …

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Past NRHA Chairman Not Reopening Store Scorched by Arsonists

Valley Supply Hardware

Valley Supply Hardware’s building in Rising Sun, Indiana, is a cavern of charred and melted power tools, fixtures, furniture, computers and all of the other supplies needed to operate a local hardware store. Two men were convicted on burglary and arson charges …

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