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Top buyers from CTR, FCL among speakers at upcoming Conference

SPECIAL REPORT — Provocative insights. Progressive information. And, of course, networking at its best. The 19th Annual Hardlines Conference will offer all this and more over two action-packed days with top leaders of the home improvement industry.

This year’s Conference has been designed especially to help businesses play at the top of their game as the industry enters another year of slow growth. Vendors who wish to get face-to-face with top buyers will get their chance: Greg Hicks, senior vice president, merchandising for Canadian Tire Retail; and Tony Steier, home and building supplies director for Federated Co-operatives Limited, the giant Western farm and hardware co-op, are just two of the speakers who will fit that bill…

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Newest TIMBER MART store called flagship for the banner

MUSQUODOBOIT HARBOUR, N.S. — The new TIMBER MART store that opened here two weeks ago is not only six times larger than the one it replaced, but it is a showcase for the latest merchandising, branding, and marketing initiatives available from TIM-BR MART Group…

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Lowe’s looks to integrate “smart home” technology

MOORESVILLE, N.C. — “Smart home” technology currently consists of a cacophony of apps and gadgets, but the general manager of Lowe’s Iris smart home division sees a more integrated solution at the end of the tunnel…

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ANALYSIS: How stores perform retail format

While hardware stores showed a drop in sales again this year, following a 2.6% drop last year, our research indicates that same-store sales by this format were positive, with low single-digit growth.

The decrease overall reflects the emphasis on building centres and home centres by the major retail groups such as Home Hardware and RONA. Many hardware stores, in fact, are expanding into building centres.

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Outstanding Retailer Awards: Call for Entries

Attention Dealers: Do you think you offer better customer service than the dealer down the street? Have you expanded your store or added exciting new departments or other elements? Did your sales increase last year? If you think your store and your staff are exceptional, we want you to enter the 2014 Outstanding Retailer Awards.

Attention Vendors: Do you have an outstanding customer that you think should be recognized? Encourage them to enter!

The ORAs will be presented at the Annual Hardlines Conference, October 22-23 in Toronto. The call for entries to the Outstanding Retailer Awards is effective immediately.

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Loblaw taps Galen Weston as president

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Smart home's growing pains will pass: Lowe's VP

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3D printers come to Home Depot

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Bengal fallout ends in factory closure

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New, larger store is flagship for TIMBER MART

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Wal-Mart's Massmart boosts sales

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RONA adds new vp purchasing

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Ace expands in Indonesia

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RPM acquires Krud Kutter

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Housing starts up slightly in June

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