Hardware Retailing

SEP 2016

Hardware Retailing magazine is the pre-eminent how-to management magazine for small business owners and managers in the home improvement retailing industry.

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HARDWARE RETAILING | September 2016 96 Newsmakers Lowe's App to Offer 3-D Planning Aids via Phone When consumers head to Lowe's in the future, they'll have a better chance of mapping out their homes and making sure products they buy fit just right. Through Lowe's Vision, an app using Google's 3-D smartphone platform Tango, users will be able to see how items like appliances and furniture look inside their homes. TheRedT.com/lowes-tango Orgill to Grow With Idaho Distribution Center Orgill Inc. announced plans to expand upon its network of distribution facilities with the addition of an approximately half-million-square-foot distribution center located in Post Falls, Idaho. The facility will be Orgill's seventh full-service distribution center. TheRedT.com/orgill-idaho Hardware Stores Support Officers After Dallas Shooting When a sniper shot 12 police officers, killing five, at a protest July 7 in Dallas, the community's reaction was horror. And solidarity. Independent home improvement stores are among the local businesses that have helped people in the surrounding areas find tangible ways to express their support of the fallen officers' families, as well as the police officers still on duty. TheRedT.com/dallas-sniping True Value Reports Growing Sales in Second Quarter True Value Company announced its second quarter results for fiscal 2016, with gross billings of $585.1 million, up 2 percent or $11.4 million from the same period a year ago. TheRedT.com/true-value-q2 Do it Best Surpasses $3 Billion in Sales Do it Best Corp. announced it surpassed $3 billion in total sales for its 2016 fiscal year. These numbers reflect a year of strong member growth and expansion, supported by retail performance programs and new product introductions. TheRedT.com/dib-2016 Like Home Depot, Lowe's to Open Direct Fulfillment Center Here's a change for Lowe's: The company is opening a direct fulfillment facility to ship products straight to consumers in an effort to expand its online sales and speed up deliveries. Rival Home Depot already operates three direct fulfillment centers that support its growing online business. TheRedT.com/lowes-fulfillment NOW AVAILABLE : Free Training Resources Visit www.nrha.org/freetraining to download your free training resources today! Trainer's Guide This quick-start guide gives trainers the knowledge they need to start formal training programs, or make their existing programs better. Financial Basics This library of resources will help retailers and employees better understand and use financials, as presented in the Cost of Doing Business Study. Trainer's Toolbox This series of short videos, worksheets and PowerPoint presentations gives trainers easy-to-use lessons on various aspects of retailing.

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