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September 3, 2014

Beginning in Alabama and sparkling up the alphabet all the way to Wyoming, the HCN Hardware Store All-Star class of 2014 — “50 stores in 50 states” — are laid out in our special report.

HCN’s All Stars are selected through a combination of factors, including strength and frequency of nominations, evidence of innovation and investment in the future, and conduct becoming of an All Star. In some cases, we know them when we see them.

July 31, 2014

As is its annual custom (now in its fourth year), Ace Hardware Corporation recognized a new spate of Ace stores in its 2014 "Coolest Hardware Store" awards. Six stores nabbed the title out of 4,850 Ace stores worldwide, named officially during Ace's Platinum Conference held in Las Vegas.

July 14, 2014

IKEA announced its plans to build a Las Vegas location, to be opened in the summer of 2016.

So far, the retailer has submitted its plans to Nevada's Clark County. The 351,000-sq.-ft. store would be located in the Spring Valley area, approximately 13 miles southwest of downtown Las Vegas.

June 26, 2014

Energy Star has awarded Las Vegas-based builder Ryland Homes its Certified Homes Market Leader Award. The award is given annually to builders that build or verify “an outstanding number of Energy Star Certified Homes,” according to the organization.

Last year, Ryland Homes erected 403 homes in Las Vegas that were then Energy Star-certified -- which saved the energetic equivalent of more than 730,000 pounds of coal.

June 19, 2014

Tampa, Florida-based VOLT Lighting, a direct-to-consumer e-commerce lighting manufacturer, is making moves on the West Coast via the opening of a new distribution center in Las Vegas.

The new facility, which is fully stocked and staffed, will make 1- to 3-day ground shipping possible for the company's West Coast customers.

May 28, 2014

The home improvement industry called Las Vegas home for three days in May. That’s when the National Hardware Show was in town, kicking off with a marching band and confetti explosion on Tuesday morning May 6.

The National Hardware Show cleverly promoted itself as 15 shows in 1 in 2014, with new areas of emphasis — emergency preparedness and energy efficiency among them. The event’s popular Tailgate section, which has grown steadily over the years, was back with more activities, and a soon-to-be announced Tailgate product of the year.

May 12, 2014

Chalifour Canada has won JDA Software Group’s 2014 Real Results Award for best in Space and Category Management. 

A Canadian-owned hardware, lumber and building material distribution company, Chalifour Canada, is part of the TIM-BR MART Group and serves independent home improvement entrepreneurs in every province and territory. The company was recognized in Las Vegas during the JDA’s 24th annual global conference, JDA Focus 2014.

May 12, 2014

HCN cameras were rolling at the National Hardware Show, capturing the latest demonstrations of innovation from around the show floor in Las Vegas. 

May 9, 2014

Las Vegas -- These are exciting times for retail technologists, and the IT guys are in demand. The flip side of that coin shows that change is coming, and somebody is going to have to manage it.

During the Presidents Council lunch here during the National Hardware Show, Robert Howard, a partner at consulting firm Kurt Salmon, delivered a presentation on managing innovation, and kicked it off with the caution: "It's kind of fuzzy."

May 9, 2014

Las Vegas -- Simpson Strong-Tie is reaching out to the DIY customer with easy-to-assemble work bench kits and also ideas to empower the typical homeowner. 

Here at the National Hardware Show, the Pleasanton, California-based fastener giant was displaying its DIY Done Right boxed kit work bench, as well as DIY-focused brochures and marketing materials to help connect retailers with consumers.

May 8, 2014

Las Vegas -- Do it Best CEO Bob Taylor offered a dose of industry optimism during the Presidents Council lunch event here during the National Hardware Show. 

Taylor, who reminisced briefly about his childhood trips to the National Hardware Show with his father, said it was encouraging to see "renewed growth" at the show. 

May 8, 2014

Las Vegas -- Day two of the National Hardware Show continued with a decidedly more patriotic bent than Tuesday's globally minded theme, with an All-American Awards ceremony and a first-ever dedicated section on the show floor to Made-in-USA products, where over 125 companies were represented.

The NRHA Stage was also the site of several presentations regarding the current home buyer climate in the United States.

May 7, 2014

Las Vegas -- The independent retailer and the family business were celebrated last night at the 30th Golden Hammer Awards ceremony.

Poolside at the LVH-Las Vegas Casino, hundreds of retailers and vendors mingled, the band (Voodoo Cowboys) played, and three industry leaders expressed gratitude and humility upon receiving Golden Hammers.

(View slide show here.)

May 6, 2014

Las Vegas -- Keynote speaker Mark Herbek, of Cleveland Research Company, took the NRHA stage here at the National Hardware Show just moments after the grand-opening ceremony concluded. His message to the home improvement industry: Get on board with e-commerce. And the sooner, the better.

In a presentation titled "Preparing For and Participating in the Accelerating E-Commerce Shift -- What it Takes to Win," Herbek went over the facts and figures related to the economic downturn and spelled out the rapidly increasing opportunities presented by online shopping.

May 6, 2014

Las Vegas -- The 2014 National Hardware Show is running on themes. 

The May 6-8 event at the Las Vegas Convention Center has identified daily themes to highlight the biggest industry trends -- today’s theme: “The World of Home Improvement,” which will celebrate international exhibitors. The theme for Wednesday is “Made in USA.” Thursday’s theme is “Innovation Day.”

May 6, 2014

Las Vegas -- Weathering the storm of the digital revolution has been a major focal point here at the National Hardware Show thus far, where opting out is hardly on the table. Especially driving this point home were FunMobility's Pat Murphy; Linda Roark of Pete's Ace Hardware in Castro, California; and Jodie Larson of Brentwood Ace Hardware.

In a seminar titled "Using Mobile to Drive Real Business Results," the three discussed their own successes with FunMobility's mobile marketing campaign and the importance of the smartphone in today's retail landscape.

May 5, 2014

The line includes the Soil Scoop, Hand Cultivator and Hand Trowel. New Product Showcase is sponsored by the National Hardware Show, coming to Las Vegas, May 6-8.

May 5, 2014

The Multi-Pro Screwdriver Series are available three versions, which offer a variety of bits. New Product Showcase is sponsored by the National Hardware Show, coming to Las Vegas, May 6-8.

May 2, 2014

Continuing its hot acquisition streak, Green Bay, Wisconsin-based US LBM launched a West Coast operation, expanding its number of LBM divisions to 12.

US LBM, the 2013 HCN Pro Dealer of the Year, announced today the acquisition of Desert Lumber & Truss and Desert Fasteners & Supply of Las Vegas, and Integrity Truss of Cedar City, Utah. 

May 1, 2014

Coast Flex Charge Dual Power flashlight’s strong beam is powered by a lithium-ion battery. New Product Showcase is sponsored by the National Hardware Show, coming to Las Vegas, May 6-8.

April 29, 2014

The Perfect Seal can work with any toilet for a strong seal without the mess. New Product Showcase is sponsored by the National Hardware Show, coming to Las Vegas, May 6-8.

April 28, 2014

The 2014 Golden Hammer Awards will strike for the 30th time May 6, when industry leaders gather poolside at the LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.

Sponsored by The Vendor Center and Midwest Fasteners, and presented in partnership with the National Hardware Show, the Golden Hammer event honors the best of the best in home improvement.

April 28, 2014

The onion seasoning and grill brush grabs the onion for a quick way to add flavor to the grill. New Product Showcase is sponsored by the National Hardware Show, coming to Las Vegas, May 6-8.

April 18, 2014

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April 16, 2014

The 3-In-One Multi-Purpose Oil It lubricates, penetrates rust and cleans. New Product Showcase is sponsored by the National Hardware Show, coming to Las Vegas, May 6-8.