Hardware Retailing

DEC 2018

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December 2018 | HARDWARE RETAILING 61 Walmart Adds Mobile Checkout for Holiday Shopping Walmart is adding mobile checkout options to its Supercenter locations ahead of the busy holiday shopping season. The program, which is called Check Out With Me, equips Walmart employees with cellular tablets and Bluetooth printers to help customers check out quickly and bypass congested registers. TheRedT.com/walmart-mobile-checkout CANADA TIMBER MART Expands LBM Distribution Network TIMBER MART is expanding its lumber and building materials distribution network into Ontario with the addition of a 5-acre property in Mount Forest. The new facility will be conveniently located within a six-hour radius of a large number of TIMBER MART member locations and is slated to open in January. Home Hardware Dealer Market Emphasizes Contractors Home Hardware Stores continues to hone its program for contractor customers. As retailers have been growing the size of their stores over the past decade, more of them have the broad assortments to cater effectively to contractors. To support those dealers, Home Hardware is creating programs and services to help pros do their jobs better, including a series of regional pro shows, held each spring in a number of communities across the country. Addition of Co-Op Stores Increases BMR's Presence Groupe BMR has announced the addition of 17 new stores to its network. The stores, which will remain under their current Co-op Country Store banner unless or until they choose otherwise, are former members of Co-op Atlantic. Specializing in the sale of agricultural products along with hardware products, the stores are spread across the Atlantic region, with nine locations in Nova Scotia, four in New Brunswick, three in Prince Edward Island and one in Newfoundland and Labrador. Federated Co-Op Celebrates 90 Years With Conference As Federated Co-operatives Ltd. (FCL) enters its 10th decade, its CEO attributes the business's longevity to the perennial appeal of its model. The company traces its origins to the Saskatchewan Co-operative Wholesale Society, which started when co-ops in the province banded together in 1928. During its Fall Buymart, FCL hosted a conference for its senior managers. Calling it the Connected Conference, the co-op brought together some leading retail and trends speakers. For the full version of these news briefs, visit hardlines.ca/hardwareretailing.

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