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Federated builds new hardware/LBM buying team

SASKATOON — Federated Co-operatives Limited’s Home and Building Supplies unit has restructured its Home Office and Regional teams. The changes reflect an ongoing focus on the home improvement side of FCL’s business…

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Canadian Tire redefines its buyers as “experts”

TORONTO — Once infamous for moving buyers around from portfolio to portfolio, Canadian Tire is now seeing the value of grooming buyers in roles that position them as experts in the categories they represent…

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UFA names new president and CEO

CALGARY — United Farmers of Alberta has a new boss. Carol Kitchen has been named president and CEO of UFA, coming over from Land O’Lakes Inc., a Minneapolis-based farm co-op with $1.8 billion of annual revenue. She was senior vice-president and general manager of a business unit there that sold dairy products. She also worked in financial roles at the Growmark co-op in both Illinois and Ontario from 1992 to 2000…

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Women’s golf will raise $$ for abused women and children

Another great organization is celebrating two decades in existence. The Women Fore Women networking group started in 1995—just like HARDLINES. The organization provides a forum for women in hardware and housewares to network…

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Orgill to expand distribution network

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Orgill Inc. has announced plans to increase the size of its Sikeston, Mo., distribution centre by more than 250,000 square feet. This expansion will bring the total size of the facility to more than one million square feet…

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DAILY NEWS UPDATES

Focus on services at Home Hardware Market

ST. JACOBS, Ont. — Home Hardware dealers are out in force this week to discover the plethora of new products available at the Spring Dealer Market in…

Home Depot brings Cyber Week to spring

ATLANTA — Home Depot is bringing winter holiday savings to spring, with a new Cyber…

Home Hardware Market: optimism after long winter

ST. JACOBS, Ont. — The theme at the latest Home Hardware Spring Market is…

Apple Pay to launch in Canada

CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple is extending its mobile payment app to Canada, the Wall Street…

Home Hardware holds Spring Market

ST. JACOBS, Ont. — Thousands of Home Hardware dealer-owners and vendors will descend…

Lowe's celebrates Lethbridge opening

TORONTO — The first Lowe’s store in Lethbridge, Alta., welcomed Mayor Chris…

Grainger reports Q1 results

CHICAGO — Specialty MRO supplier Grainger had first-quarter sales…

Retail shows strong upswing in March

OTTAWA — Retail sales rose 1.7% in February to…

Orgill upsizes DC

MEMPHIS — Orgill is moving to increase the size of its Sikeston, Mo., distribution centre…

eBay hires former Home Depot e-retail head

CAMPBELL, Calif. — eBay announced a series of executive changes in anticipation of its…

Lowe's CEO took pay cut in 2014

MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Lowe’s CEO saw a pay reduction of almost 24% last year, mostly because…

U.S. housing up slightly in March

WASHINGTON — U.S. housing starts in March were…

Toolway buys up Royal International

WOODBRIDGE, Ont. — Toolway industries has acquired Royal International, a Montreal…

Darren Snyder talks to Meet the Buyers Breakfast

SPECIAL — HARDLINES has confirmed a senior buyer from Canadian Tire as our latest…