Hardware Retailing

FEB 2017

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HARDWARE RETAILING | February 2017 104 Newsmakers Amazon Has Started Delivering by Drone Amazon made its first successful delivery by unmanned drone to a customer in the U.K. The online retailer has been limited in its drone testing opportunities by the Federal Aviation Administration in the U.S., but the Civil Aviation Authority in the U.K. allowed tests for several months before the first delivery. TheRedT.com/amazon-drone-delivery CANADA RONA Conversions, Support for Affiliates All Part of Lowe's Growth Strategy Starting this spring, Lowe's Canada plans to convert some of the 40 existing RONA big-box stores to the Lowe's format, 23 of which are outside Quebec. The conversion of RONA stores within Quebec, meanwhile, is hampered by systems software conversion, which won't be resolved any earlier than 2018. However, by 2019, another 17 big-boxes in Quebec are slated for conversion. BMR Classifies Its Stores With New Banner Options Groupe BMR has unveiled a new marketing strategy for its member dealers. Starting early this year, BMR stores will gradually be segmented into four banners. The aim, says the company, is "to better serve customers" and "position dealers BMR will cover the costs of the conversions for dealers. Kent Buys Up Central Home Improvements Central Home Improvements, a fixture in Nova Scotia since 1976, became part of Kent Building Supplies as of Jan. 1. Noting that the company had reached "a crossroads," founder Steve Smith says "demographics are changing, and with [that] has come greater pressures to invest heavily in infrastructure and technology in order to grow and expand." RONA Completes Tree-Planting Project Ahead of Schedule RONA recently announced it has fulfilled its commitment to planting 1 million trees in Alberta's boreal forests near Slake Lake. The project was initiated in 2011 through Totem Building Supplies. The company was eventually acquired by RONA. The planting commitment was originally scheduled for completion by 2021. For the full story of each of these briefs, visit hardlines.ca/hardwareretailing. Ajax Wire Specialty Co. ......................................... 80 www.ajaxwire.com; 855-966-2529 Allway Tools ...................................................... 17, 57 www.allwaytools.com; 800-422-5592 Brave..................................................................... 81 www.braveproducts.com/HRM; 866-281-4421 Caterpillar ......................................................... 24-25 www.cat.com; 888-614-4328 Century Brass Plumbing ....................................... 22 www.luminance.us.com; 800-794-0224 Channellock Inc. ...................................................... 1 www.channellock.com; 800-724-3018 Char-Broil ............................................................ 103 www.charbroil.com; 866-239-6777 Convenience Products .......................................... 36 www.touch-n-foam.com/pest; 800-325-6180 Delta Faucet .................................................... 27, 73 www.deltafaucet.com; 800-345-3358 Diamond Brite ....................................................... 30 www.diamondbritepaint.com; 773-254-7600 Do it Best Corp. ...................................................... 3 www.independentsdoitbest.com; 888-364-8237 Dosko ...................................................................... 86 www.dosko.com/HRM; 866-418-0474 DynaTrap ................................................................ BC www.dynatrap.com; 877-403-8727 ECI Software Solutions ..................................... 43, 77 www.ecirocksolid.com; 800-588-5128 Fiskars ................................................................. 9, 55 www.fiskars.com; 866-348-5661 Howard Products Inc. .............................................. 99 www.howardproducts.com; 800-266-9545 HSI ................................................................... 46-47 www.hardwaresuppliers.com; 800-334-5625 Hy-Ko ....................................................................... 20 www.hy-ko.com; 800-292-0550 IPG ................................................................Bellyband www.itape.com; 888-898-7834 Iron & Oak ............................................................... 66 www.ironandoak.com/HRM; 866-281-4509 Jrco .......................................................................... 34 www.jrcoinc.com/HRM; 866-537-6216 K-CO Products LLC ............................................. 7, 83 www.kco-innovations.com; 949-276-5252 Magna Industries Inc. ............................ 31, 33, 35, 37 www.magna-insto.com; 800-969-3334 Mars Comfort-Aire ..................................................... 5 www.marsdelivers.com MAX USA ................................................................ 44 www.maxusacorp.com; 800-223-4293 Maxim ...................................................................... 21 www.maximmfg.com/HRM; 888-376-0849 Midwest Fastener ............................................ 58-59 www.fastenerconnection.com; 800-444-7313 Mr. LongArm ........................................................ 32 www.mrlongarm.com; 800-821-3508 National Hardware Show ...................................... 51 www.nationalhardwareshow.com No-Spill Inc. ...................................................... 14-15 www.nospill.com; 913-888-9200 NRHA All-Industry Conference............................ 101 www.nrhaconference.com NRHA Membership ............................................... 93 www.nrha.org/membership NRHA Retail Management Certification Program ..... 97 www.nrharmcp.com NRHA Young Retailer of the Year ....................... 105 www.nrha.org/yroty Old Masters .......................................................... 67 www.myoldmasters.com; 800-747-3436 Orgill Inc. ......................................................108-IBC www.orgill.com; 800-347-2860 Paladin Data Corporation................................. 19, 63 www.paladinpointofsale.com; 800-725-2346 PRO Hardware ................................................. 68-69 www.prohardware.com; 303-792-3000 Sashco ................................................................. IFC www.sashco.com; 800-767-5656 Sears Hometown Store ........................................ 53 www.OwnASearsStore.com ShurTech Brands LLC .............................................. 87 www.frogtape.com; 800-321-1733 Simpson Strong-Tie Co. Inc. ................................. 49 www.strongtie.com; 800-999-5099 SureCan USA ................................................... 38-39 www.surecanusa.com; 801-827-0500 True Value ....................................................... 11, 13 www.truevaluecompany.com; 888-291-7229 USP Structural Connectors ...................................... 23 www.uspconnectors.com; 800-328-5934 Wallace Hardware ................................................. 95 www.wallacehardware.com; 800-776-0976 Whink Products Company ....................................... 45 www.whink.com; 800-247-5102 Wooster Brush Company ................................ 41, 89 www.woosterbrush.com; 800-392-7246 *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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