Former Do it Best President and CEO Honored

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An old friend and supporter of the hardware industry was recognized in Fort Wayne on Dec. 19, when Don Wolf, the retired president and CEO of Do it Best Corp., was awarded the Sachem Award. More than 300 people, including Wolf’s family and friends, as well as community leaders, were in attendance when Indiana Gov. Mike Pence presented Wolf with ... Read More »

True Value Adds to Board of Directors

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Jared S. Littmann, co-owner of K&B True Value, in Annapolis, Md., recently was appointed to the board of directors for True Value. “As a local independent entrepreneur, I’ve developed a strong appreciation for the challenges we all face in retail,” Littmann says. “By serving on the board, I most look forward to offering support to True Value retailers and helping ... Read More »

Builder Confidence Improved in December

New-Home Sales Finishing 2013 on a High Note

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes improved four points to a 58 reading on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) for December. This gain reflected improvement in all three index components—current sales conditions, sales expectations and traffic of prospective buyers. “This is definitely an encouraging sign as we move into 2014,” ... Read More »

Ask the Right Questions in Your Yearly Business Review

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While holiday sales are the driving focus for retailers as the year comes to a close, the end of the year is also a great time to examine your business and make sure it’s on the right track. Ask yourself the following questions: Have I accomplished the goals I set at the beginning of the year? What advertising outlets worked ... Read More »

Motorized Pooper Scooper

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is portable, self-cleaning and easy to use. With a motor-driven auger, the Auggiedog device turns one direction to pick up and hold the waste and another direction to discard waste into a trash receptacle. A telescoping handle allows a user to adjust the height, while a snap-on cap at the bottom ensures the waste is locked in until the user ... Read More »

Vertical Panel Saw

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allows users to easily handle big sheets of wood or plastic and cut them accurately both horizontally or vertically. One operator can cut large sheets of material into finished sizes or into sizes that are easy to handle for further processing. The functionality and portability of the Panel Pro means users can use it in the shop or take it ... Read More »

Direct-Vent Gas Fireplace

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offers two realistic brick fireplace liners or an optional choice of a sleek porcelain interior for a transitional look. The contemporary style comes with a standard porcelain interior and five glass media options. The Envy fireplace also features FullFlame™ independent burner technology, delivering both high and low settings, and comes standard with the added safety of an integrated barrier, which ... Read More »

Home Depot Looks to Offer Same-Day Delivery

The Home Depot Opens Direct Fulfillment Center to Support Online Business

Home Depot has announced plans to open new fulfillment centers in California, Atlanta and Ohio over the next two years in an effort to build the capability to offer same-day delivery. The move will cost the retailer at least $300 million on supply chain, technology and online improvements, including building new fulfillment centers and overhauling its warehouse technology systems. The ... Read More »

Ace Adds to Merchandising Team

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Ace Hardware recently hired Frank Carroll as general merchandise manager. Reporting to senior vice president of merchandising, marketing and sales, John Surane, Carroll will work to advance Ace’s long-term merchandising efforts both domestically and internationally. “Frank brings with him a wealth of experience including more than 20 years working for respected brands within the industry,” Surane said. “He has extensive ... Read More »

Retail Sales Up in November

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The shortened holiday shopping season spurred consumer spending in November, as Americans took advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals to make holiday purchases, according to the National Retail Federation. November retail sales, excluding automobiles, gas stations and restaurants, increased 0.6 percent seasonally adjusted month-to-month, and 3.9 percent unadjusted year-over-year. The report is consistent with NRF’s holiday sales forecast ... Read More »

N.Y. Hardware Store Receives National Small Business Award

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The national small business movement Independent We Stand announced Trio Hardware & Paint as the recipient of the 2013 Independent We Stand Independent Small Business of the Year Award. The family-owned hardware store has 15 employees and has been in business for 50 years. “Local communities came together to stand by their favorite businesses in towns across America,” “Trio Hardware ... Read More »

Unemployment Down in November

Retail Hiring Lifts Employment In December

The unemployment rate declined from 7.3 percent to 7.0 percent in November, and total non-farm payroll employment rose by 203,000, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment increased in transportation and warehousing, health care and manufacturing. Both the number of unemployed persons, at 10.9 million, and the unemployment rate, at 7.0 percent, declined in November. The number of long-term ... Read More »

True Value Information Technology Team Honored

Representing the IT team of True Value Company from left to right are Rosalee Hermens, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Scott Zelms, Manager/Applications Development Legacy Systems & Support, Eva Basner-Katz, Director of Infrastructure & Security, Robert Weismann, Manager/Retail Services & Associate Support, Mike Weeder, Retail Systems Architect, and Lisa Snyder, Director, Business Services (not pictured).

True Value was recently recognized for the achievements of its information technology team. The co-op was named Large Company Winner and tradeMONSTER Group – Small Company Winner by The Chicago chapters of the Association of Information Technology Professionals’s (AITP) and the Society for Information Management’s (SIM) 2013 CIO’s Most Effective IT Team Awards. Taking place over a 90-day period and ... Read More »

Lowe’s Unveils New Product Locator

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Shoppers at all Lowe’s locations can now use the Product Locator capability to search for products and instantly see the items’ locations on a detailed store map using Lowe’s iOS and Android mobile apps or Lowe’s mobile-optimized website. All in-stock items’ aisle and/or bay locations are represented as pins on an interior map of the specific Lowe’s store. The Lowe’s app ... Read More »

Detachable Driver

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is a two-in-one tool that is hand and drill ready. The HookDriver™ comes with a detachable T-shaped grip handle that can be used with any ¼-inch hex bit. The detachable metal driver can be used in both corded and cordless drills in addition to an impact driver. For more information, click here. Read More »

Smoke Alarm

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offers maximum protection with a photoelectric sensor to detect slow smoldering fires. The micro design of the Atom Smoke Alarm also adds an element of style to safety; it is a fraction of the size of a standard alarm and provides all the necessary protection to help keep homes safe. Alarm comes with a long-life lithium battery and a smart ... Read More »

Vertical Gardening System

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is made from 100-percent recycled plastic water bottles. Soft-sided, breathable and modular, Woolly Pockets are ideal for both indoor and outdoor use; felt absorbs water and evenly wicks water down to plants’ roots, while an internal moisture barrier keeps water off walls. The felt-like material of these modular gardening containers easily attaches to wood, concrete, masonry and chain link. Product ... Read More »

Try These Promotions this Holiday Season

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Despite a chill in the air, independent home improvement retailers across the country are thinking up creative ways to heat up sales and traffic. Read the following promotions to get some ideas for your store: Join the Local Movement. You have to play to your strengths so host events that reinforce your local ties. In many areas, chambers of commerce ... Read More »

Chaos or Compliance: Protecting Your Business from Identity Theft

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It is no secret that identity theft continues to plague our personal and professional lives. It leads the list of consumer privacy concerns and has ranked as the No. 1 consumer complaint to the Federal Trade Commission for the past 13 years in a row. Businesses large and small are vulnerable to identity thieves who are determined to steal sensitive ... Read More »

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