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Call for Entries: Outstanding Retailer Awards

NEW WORLD HQ, Toronto — Hardlines is pleased to announce the call for entries for the 2015 Outstanding Retailer Awards.

The Awards, which recognize the finest retail accomplishments in our industry, are national in scope and all Canadian home improvement retailers and managers that have operated under their current ownership for at least two years are eligible.

There are a couple of ways to enter: dealers may submit their entries directly or their chain or buying group head offices may select their best dealer(s) and prepare their entries for them, in collaboration with the dealer. Head offices may enter more than one store per category. In addition, vendors may identify specific outstanding retailers for entry. ORA submissions are due July 31st, 2015. Click here to view entry form and more information.

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WRLA chair advocates more sharing among associations

CAMROSE, Alta. — The Western Retail Lumber Association has come under scrutiny in recent months since announcing a desire for more unified action among the regional building supply associations…

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Ace execs emphasize service and relationships

LAS VEGAS — Ace Hardware held its spring convention last week, where executives from the co-op emphasized relationships and service to keeping retailers’ businesses successful. Retail profit dollars increased by 5% and total retail sales went up by about 10% in 2014, according to John Surane, executive vice president of marketing, merchandising and sales. Retailers grew foot traffic, transaction sizes, and sales, he said…

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Home Depot increases proprietary brands

ATLANTA — The Home Depot has been increasing the number proprietary and exclusive brands across a wide range of departments and plans to keep looking for more such opportunities…

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: This week in 1995

History repeats itself as a weak Canadian dollar throws up a challenge for Ace Hardware, which was developing its distribution relationship with CanWel Building Materials. This was Ace’s first foray into Canada. The idea at the time was to use CanWel’s own logistics infrastructure in this country to get Ace products into stores in Canada. The program was the developed under the leadership of CanWel CEO Tom Longworth. Click here to see the issue!

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DAILY NEWS UPDATES

PrimeSource gets new owner

LOS ANGELES — PrimeSource has been sold by its current owner…

N.B. dealer newest member of TIM-BR MART

VAUGHAN, Ont. — Ultimate Windows and Doors, a specialty dealer in Fredericton, N.B., is the newest member…

Kingfisher posts mixed year-end results

LONDON — Kingfisher plc, the giant home improvement retailer, reported a 2.9% increase…

Big boxes lobby for workers' comp limits

AUSTIN, Tex. — Walmart, Lowe’s, Nordstrom, and Safeway are among companies quietly…

Future Shop shutters Canadian stores

BURNABY, B.C. — Best Buy closed all Future Shop stores in Canada suddenly on Saturday…

Target speeds up Canadian departure

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Target now expects that the liquidation of its Canadian stores will …

RONA shrinks board

BOUCHERVILLE, Que. — RONA is reducing its board to precrisis size as its turnaround efforts…

Dollarama posts strong year end

MONTREAL — Off-price retailer Dollarama reported strong annual results for its fiscal year…

Home décor retailer JYSK opens in Regina

VANCOUVER — Scandinavian home furnishings retailer JYSK has opened another store in Canada…

Newell Rubbermaid sells shipping business

ATLANTA — Newell Rubbermaid has reached an agreement to sell Endicia, a developer…

Meet Canada's top buyers at special Hardlines event

Want to get your lines listed with the majors? Got a new product that needs to get launched? Now you can hear from the buyers themselves! At the Hardlines Meet the Buyer’s Breakfast, April 30 in Toronto, Canada’s leading hardware and home improvement buyers will explain to you what it takes…

Vernon, B.C., takes RONA honours

BOUCHERVILLE, Que. — RONA recognized a 30% hike in sales at its Vernon, B.C., outlet…

Laurentide launches Spring paint line

SHAWINIGAN, Que. — Laurentide Paint is launching its Spring collection, designed to bring…

Lowe's to buy back $5B in stock

MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Lowe’s board has given the green light to a repurchase program…