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Andrew Battagliotti to retire from ILDC, McCusker to step in

AJAX, Ont. — Andrew Battagliotti, general manager of Independent Lumber Dealers Co-operative, will retire at the end of this year. He has been with the giant buying group, whose members include some of Canada’s largest independent chains, for the past 17 years. Before that, he was director of merchandise services at Beaver Lumber…

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Ace Hardware will present at Hardlines Conference

SPECIAL REPORT — Ace Hardware is the latest company to confirm its involvement in this year’s Hardlines Conference. Robert Moschorak, president of Ace International, will present on Day Two of the Conference, Thursday, October 23.

Ace’s involvement in Canada dates back more than 35 years, and that involvement has evolved through various partnerships and supply arrangements. Mr. Moschorak will talk about Ace’s presence internationally and the potential for further involvement in the Canadian market…

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RONA will make fall show a buying event for independents

BOUCHERVILLE, Que. — The upcoming RONA show will have a different emphasis than in years past. Traditionally, the event has been a showcase for new products, strategies, and merchandising programs from RONA that focus on store managers and big box retailers.

This year, it’s all about the independent, says Philippe Element, senior director, wholesale sales. “It’s focused on proximity stores, whether they are independents or corporate, and affiliated stores only. It’s going to be a buying show for these dealers only.”…

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Kent continues to ramp up Air Miles initiative

BOUCHERVILLE, Que. & Saint John, N.B. — The adoption of Air Miles by Saint John, N.B.-based Kent Building Supplies last month took other Air Miles partners completely by surprise, according to sources contacted by HARDLINES. TIM-BR MART dealers throughout Atlantic Canada expressed their dismay, noting that the exclusivity of Air Miles as an offering for their customers was an important part of their decision to join TIM-BR MART Group in the first place….

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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DAILY NEWS UPDATES

Wal-Mart replaces U.S. CEO

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Greg Foran is set to replace Bill Simon as CEO of Wal-Mart’s U.S. stores…

Kingfisher stumped by June slowdown

LONDON — Kingfisher plc can’t account for the sharp drop in sales it experienced in…

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Stanley Black & Decker posts steady Q2

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — Stanley Black & Decker announced that net sales for the second quarter…

HBC integrates Home Outfitters

TORONTO — The Hudson’s Bay Company will fold all Home Outfitters into HBC…

Target seeks relief from suppliers

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Target Canada is leaning on suppliers to absorb some of its financial…

CanWel posts Q2 gains

VANCOUVER — CanWel Building Materials announced that second-quarter revenues increased…

Lowe's confirms Indianapolis call centre

INDIANAPOLIS — Lowe’s will invest $20.5 million in a new customer service centre…

Ace Hardware will present at Hardlines Conference

SPECIAL REPORT — Ace Hardware is the latest company to confirm its involvement in this year’s Hardlines Conference…

U.S. home resales up in June

WASHINGTON — U.S. sales of existing homes grew by 2.6%…

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Andrew Battagliotti to retire from ILDC

AJAX, Ont. — Andrew Battagliotti, general manager of Independent Lumber Dealers Co-operative, will retire…

Lowe's, Home Depot link shoppers to "Internet of Things"

WASHINGTON — Major retailers like Lowe’s and Home Depot are offering customers more…

Home Depot's Coffey joins Walmart

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Mark Coffey has joined Walmart Canada as senior vice president…