Hardware Retailing

DEC 2018

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HARDWARE RETAILING | December 2018 60 Newsmakers Amazon Invests in Prefabricated Homes Amazon recently invested in Plant Prefab, a California-based company that utilizes sustainable construction methods and materials "to build prefabricated custom single- and multifamily houses." TheRedT.com/amazon-prefab PRO Group Promotes Wodark to CFO PRO Group Inc. has promoted controller Heidi Wodark to chief financial officer. Wodark joined PRO Group in 2007, and has served in the controller position since then. TheRedT.com/pro-group-cfo Walmart Launches Virtual Reality Training Programs Walmart will deploy 17,000 Oculus Go virtual reality headsets to train more than 1 million employees across the country. The company will send four headsets to each Walmart Supercenter and two headsets to every Neighborhood Market and discount store it operates in the U.S. TheRedT.com/walmart-vr Sears Files for Bankruptcy Protection, Plans to Close Stores Sears Holdings Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection and plans to close an additional 142 stores. The company's CEO, Edward Lampert, vacated his position immediately. Three executives will fulfill his duties as CEO. TheRedT.com/sears-bankruptcy 2018 Do it Best Fall Market Emphasizes Category Growth Independent retailers flooding the floor of the 2018 Do it Best Fall Market found the programs and retail solutions that are critical for helping them develop specific categories. TheRedT.com/dib-fall-2018 Orgill Announces New Executive Roles Orgill Inc., the world's largest independent hardlines distributor, has announced that members of its veteran executive team will have new responsibilities beginning in January. Ron Beal, Orgill's longtime chairman, president and CEO, will drop the president title, but remains the company's chairman and chief executive officer. TheRedT.com/orgill-executives-2018 Do it Best Adds 2 Executives Do it Best Corp.—announced the promotion of two of the company's employees. Steve Markley, formerly the vice president of merchandising, will now serve as the company's new executive vice president of operations. William "Dent" Johnson, previously a divisional merchandise manager for the company, will now serve as its vice president of merchandising. TheRedT.com/dib-executives Ajax Wire Specialty Co. .....................................................................22 www.ajaxwire.com; 855-966-2529 Cole's Wild Bird...................................................................................7 www.coleswildbird.com; 877-426-8882 Do it Best Corp....................................................................................3 www.independentsdoitbest.com; 888-364-8237 FiendOil .............................................................................................23 www.fiendoil.com; 651-748-1750 House-Hasson Hardware Co. ............................................................19 www.househasson.com; 800-333-0520 HSI.....................................................................................................17 www.hardwaresuppliers.com; 800-334-5625 International Home + Housewares Show 2019..................................1 www.housewares.org Ironclad Performance Wear Corp........................................................5 www.ironclad.com; 844-200-5664 Midwest Fastener ............................................................................BC www.fastenerconnection.com; 800-444-7313 NRHA Health Insurance Plan ............................................................59 www.CBIGI.com/NRHA-PROGRAM NRHA Membership ...........................................................................45 www.nrha.org/membership NRHA Retail Management Certification Program ........................... IFC www.nrharmcp.com NRHA Young Retailer or the Year ....................................................63 www.nrha.org/yroty Old Masters.......................................................................................61 www.myoldmasters.com; 800-747-3436 Orgill Inc. ....................................................................................64-IBC www.orgill.com; 800-347-2860 Rescue Sterling International Inc. ..................................................21 www.rescue.com; 800-666-6766 TailorMade Products Inc....................................................................14 www.one-tie.com; 262-563-6133 True Value Company .....................................................................9, 11 www.truevaluecompany.com; 888-291-7229 Woodland ..........................................................................................15 www.pinecar.com; 573-346-5555 *This index is provided for the convenience of our advertisers and readers. The Publisher assumes no liability for errors or omissions. AD INDEX

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