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February 22, 2012

In his first market presentation to True Value retailers, the co-op's new VP marketing and chief customer officer Blake Fohl laid out a plan for -- what else? -- improved marketing. 

He also promised improvements to True Value Rewards (TVR).

February 15, 2012

When True Value retailers assemble in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 20 to 22, the Chicago-based co-op will invite retailers to audition for its television campaigns. 

According to Chris Taylor, True Value's director of communications, the one-day-only open auditions for camera-friendly retailers will be among the highlights of the co-op's market event. The retailers selected will play roles in the co-op's national advertising campaign in 2012.

October 15, 2011

Denver -- Ace Hardware stores are showing strong same-store sales, while the distributor's wholesale sales are running ahead of the budgeted 3% growth, CEO Ray Griffith told dealers.

Speaking Saturday morning at the General Session of the co-op's 2011 Convention & Exhibits here at the Colorado Convention Center, Griffith said data from about 3,000 Ace stores show a 2.4% comparable-store sales increase over last year. In each of the last four months, the stores showed comp-sales increases of more than 4%. 

September 25, 2011

Philadelphia -- True Value Co. CEO Lyle Heidemann presented some positive numbers during the co-op's Fall Market general session, as he encouraged members to remain visible to their customers.

Speaking here Friday morning at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, site of the company's fall market, Heidemann pointed to positive recent sales gains across the co-op. Since the third week of May -- a starting point selected because it was the beginning of this year's delayed spring -- retail sales are up 4.3% at True Value, with every department positive, he said.

January 31, 2011

Orlando, Fla. -- Chicago-based hardware co-op True Value Co. reported wholesale revenues increased 2.3% in the fourth quarter of 2010, and retail revenues increased 4.6% for the quarter.

CEO Lyle Heidemann delivered the preliminary results to True Value members during the General Session of the co-op's 2011 Spring & Rental Market held here in Orlando. 

"Our fourth quarter results should give us some momentum going into 2011," Heidemann said. 

October 28, 2010

Orlando, Fla. -- Ace Hardware pointed to record attendance, international growth and an overhaul of...

Orlando, Fla. -- Record attendance, international growth and an overhaul of Vision 21 were just some of the topics covered during the morning merchandising and consumer marketing presentation at the 2010 Ace Fall Convention Oct. 28. 

The event, held at the Orange County Convention Center, saw an increase of more than 600 members in attendance over the 2009 Fall Convention, the company said. Total attendance, including vendors and dealers, approximated 14,000.

November 16, 2008

In this position, Dave Heffley will coordinate promotional materials and special events for the co-op’s...

November 10, 2008

United Cooperative, a full-service cooperative offering feed, grain, agronomy and energy products to south-central Wisconsin...

April 13, 2008

In mid-March, True Value senior vp and chief merchandising officer Steve Mahurin was in his...

April 2, 2008

The co-op has added Dutch Boy and Pratt & Lambert products to its Color Center format....

March 16, 2008

As Americans have expanded their living spaces to the outdoors, the hardware co-ops have gone...

March 13, 2008

As Americans have expanded their living spaces to the outdoors, the hardware co-ops have gone...

October 21, 2007

Thousands of True Value retailers from across the country are expected to attend the co-op’s...

September 23, 2007

There’s no industry more wrapped up in the co-op model than hardware retailing....

July 26, 2007

Co-op members will discuss ideas and concerns with the senior management team....

June 27, 2007

During the 2007 annual meeting of the American Hardware Manufacturers Association, value emerged as a theme....