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Home Hardware’s new CEO delivers solidarity message at 50th-year market

ST. JACOBS, Ont. — Home Hardware dealers, with their staff and families from across Canada, converged on the co-op wholesaler’s main distribution centre in greater numbers than usual last week to attend Home’s 50th anniversary spring market.

The event was also a forum for the new CEO—only the company’s third during its half-century in existence—to speak directly with member-dealers…

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RECOMMENDED VIEWING: German DIY ads get creative

COLOGNE, Germany — German DIY retailer OBI has found a fresh way to market its products. The solution was an eye-appealing program that showed tired corners of the city brightened up by a fresh coat of paint. Sections of run-down buildings near OBI stores were painted to look like ads. The concept was developed by ad agency Jung von Matt to counter the plethora of “ugly” print ads from other German home improvement retailers. (Definitely check this one out. It’s absolutely fascinating! —Michael)

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Paintings at Home Hardware Market raise cash for Kids

ST. JACOBS, Ont. — Home Hardware’s Beauti-Tone paint division raised over $15,000 for the Sick Kids Foundation at a silent auction held during Home’s Spring Dealer Market. The walls of the Home Hardware distribution centre were lined with paintings done by staffers and associates using Home’s own paint lines…

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Millennials, social media hot topics at NRHA conference

LAS VEGAS — They’re tech-savvy multi-taskers known to be motivated by instant gratification and recognition. By now, you’ve likely heard about the characteristics of the millennial generation, but how much do you really know about their homebuying preferences or how they could affect your businesses?…

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Appointments enhance TIM-BR MART’s dealer connection

CALGARY — Last week’s announced promotions of Dave Dingwell and Phil Temple to regional dealer support roles mark an important step in TIM-BR MART Group’s strengthening of its relations with its member dealers. Dingwell, who had been a business development manager for TIM-BR MART since 2007, was named regional director of member services (RDMS) for Atlantic Canada. Two days later, Temple’s promotion from Prairie sales manager to the same role for Western Canada was also announced…

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Home's new CEO delivers solidarity message

ST. JACOBS, Ont. — Terry Davis had a simple message for Home’s dealers…

Paintings at Home Hardware Market raise money for Sick Kids

ST. JACOBS, Ont. — Home Hardware’s paint division raised over $15,000 for Sick Kids…