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September 17, 2014

Orlando, Florida -- Financing and technology were among the new-and-improved tools that Ace Hardware executives rolled out onto the stage of the Ace Hardware general session here Wednesday morning.

At the same session, the co-op rallied around the morning's slogan "Building Momentum," and executives had statistics to back it up.             

September 18, 2014

Orlando, Florida – Ace’s current merchandise strategy is heavy on the paint department, but there were plenty of other categories making news in the 850,000 square feet of exhibits here at the Orange County Convention Center.

Ace Hardware General Merchandise Manager Frank Carroll, speaking during the General Session here at the 2014 Fall Ace Convention & Exhibits, described the market as “a retail wonderland” with paint leading the way.

May 1, 2014

At trade shows, at industry events or even over the phone, I like to promise retailers two things.

1) Our news products are guaranteed accurate or your money back; and

2) Someday I’m going to visit your store and buy something.

April 10, 2014

Orlando, Fla. -- James Gillula said he expects the United States unemployment rate to fall below 6.5% by mid-year. He cautioned that a slowdown in China could impact the U.S. economy. And he expects the home improvement industry to recoup pretty much all of its weather-related losses from the hash winter.

Those were some of the macroeconomic ideas supplied by Gillula during the 2014 Home Improvement Research Institute Spring Conference held here April 10. 

April 10, 2014

Orlando, Fla. -- Here at the 2014 Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) Spring Conference, Sarah Catlett, VP of The Futures Company, took a high-level, continental look at consumer marketing.

Catlett kicked off the HIRI conference with a quick look at Target's disappointing venture into Canada. The Minnesota-based retailer's efforts to change the way Canadians shop has fallen short, she said, partly because the company missed consumer and cultural cues. 

March 21, 2014

The Home Improvement Research Institute’s 2014 Spring Conference, slated for Orlando April 10, will include a full slate of research-oriented presentations.

Among them will be a presentation from Wray Ward's senior VP strategic planning Kent Panther, on “Improving Marketing Measurement, ROI and Effectiveness: The Latest Tools.”

March 17, 2014

In fishing circles, they are royalty -- Jimmy Houston, Bill Dance and Roland Martin.

Known collectively as “TH3 Legends,” the trio is involved in a successful licensing deal with Safety Works in the hand protection area. 

March 17, 2014

The Home Improvement Research Institute’s 2014 Spring Conference, slated for Orlando April 10, will include a full slate of research-oriented presentations. 

Among them will be a presentation from The Futures Company’s Sarah Catlett, VP and HIRI account director, and Christina Hioros, VP and associate head of Global Monitor. Their topic: Not just another United States: Distinguishing consumer attitudes in Canada, Mexico and the United States.

March 13, 2014

The 2014 Home Improvement Research Institute Spring Conference -- “Paths to Knowing Home Improvement” -- will take place April 10 in Orlando, with a full slate of research-oriented presentations.

Among the headliners is Lou Celi, president Americas and chief marketing officer for Oxford Economics.

Celi’s presentation is titled “Incorporating Macro Into Business Analytics.”

March 7, 2014

Orlando, Fla. -- During its Spring Dealer Market hear, Orgill expanded its show floor to more than 750,000 sq. ft., including multiple model stores and a showcase area that introduced a new vivid Solutions paint area and a “Backyard Oasis” featuring outdoor living ideas.

Organizers said thousands of retailers from the United States, Canada and all over the world took part in the market, which drew to a close March 1.

March 5, 2014

Orlando – At the Orgill Spring Dealer Market here, the show floor dedicated a sizeable area to the art and science of impulse sales. 

Merchandise displays and educational materials elevated the status of a family of items ranging from Krud Kutter to As Seen on TV Pancake Makers.

Orgill pointed retailers to a number of statistics, for instance:

• 88% of all impulse purchases are made because an item is on sale or the shopper thinks she is getting a good price;

December 10, 2013

It’s been a busy summer and fall for HCN: Its editorial staff was taken to many corners of the great United States in pursuit of emerging brands and game-changing products. We were happy to see many industry heavyweights at several of the big trade shows this year, as well as a few hidden gems in the home improvement aisle. From old favorites to promising newcomers, here are a few highlights from the reporter’s notebook.

November 20, 2013

The American Rental Association (ARA) will recognize individuals for outstanding service to the association and the rental industry during the upcoming The Rental Show in Orlando, Fla. Among those to be honored is Alex Kouzmanoff, VP of Azteck Tents in Torrance, Calif.

November 8, 2013

D.R. Horton, Inc. has promoted David Auld to the position of EVP and COO, where he will oversee the company's homebuilding regions and help guide its operations.

Auld has been with the company since 1988, joining initially as president of the Orlando division. He was promoted to president of the company's East region in 2005. His resume also includes stints with Texas American Bank and General Dynamics.

September 10, 2013

Orlando, Fla. -- First came a roll out of Clark & Kensington private label paint. Next came a blockbuster deal with Valspar. And now comes the introduction and unveiling of the Paint Studio, the new brand for Ace Hardware’s self-described “Paint Reinvention” program.

It’s all part of Ace Hardware’s efforts to get relevant and make noise in the retail paint arena, said John Surane, senior VP merchandising, marketing and sales.

September 10, 2013

Orlando -- Author and customer service consultant Shep Hyken told Ace Hardware dealers that being helpful means more than just making sales. It means being a bigger part of the community.

Hyken is author of “Amaze Every Customer Every Time,” an analysis and case study of Ace Hardware stores. During the General Session of the Ace Hardware Fall Convention & Exhibits here at the Orange County Convention Center, Hyken pointed to tools retailers can use to beat the competition at customer service.

His advice:

September 10, 2013

Orlando, Fla. -- Ace Hardware CEO John Venhuizen took the stage in Orlando during the co-ops Fall Convention and energetically spelled out reasons for Ace stores to be optimistic. He also declared: We lack the luxury to stand still.

August 23, 2013

With a goal of revitalizing U.S. manufacturing, the world’s largest retailer convened a domestic sourcing summit Thursday. 

Not only was the event a first for Bentonville, Ark.-based Walmart, it was also unlike anything the retail industry has ever seen. 

May 6, 2013

Orlando, Fla. — It’s a brave new world for home improvement researchers.

Take for instance the gathering of more than 70 research and marketing professionals here for the Home Improvement Research Institute’s (HIRI’s) Spring Conference.

April 22, 2013

The Home Improvement Research Institute’s Spring Conference in Orlando, Fla., included a mixed message for future home improvement spending.

Orlando, Fla. -- The Home Improvement Research Institute’s Spring Conference included a mixed message for future home improvement spending. 

In a presentation from James Gillula, managing director of consulting services for IHS Global Insights, one of the takeaways was an expectation of modest growth for consumer spending in 2013. 

April 9, 2013

The series of presentations in Orlando, Fla., promises “New Approaches for Deep Insights into Home Improvement.”

The Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) will hold its 2013 Spring Conference in Orlando, Fla., April 17.

The theme of the series of research-related presentations is “New approaches for deep insights into home improvement.” 

On the agenda are presentations from The Futures Group, National Analysts Worldwide, Decision Analyst, IGH Global Insight, Gigwalk Inc., The Stevenson Co. and Ipsos.

February 26, 2013

The Home Improvement Research Institute is preparing for its April 17 Spring Conference in Orlando, Fla.

The Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) is preparing for 2013 Spring Conference in Orlando, Fla.

The April 17 one-day event carries the theme of “New approaches for deep insights into home improvement." 

February 8, 2013

New incentives for high-efficiency water heaters mean Orlando, Fla., consumers pay “next to nothing,” according to GE.

New incentives for high-efficiency water heaters mean Orlando, Fla., consumers pay “next to nothing,” according to GE.

Incentives from the Orlando (Fla.) Utilities Commission (OUC) and various tax credits add up pretty close to the sale price of a GeoSpring Hybrid Water Heater. 

December 28, 2012

There were several highlights to the STAFDA Convention & Trade Show in Orlando, Fla. Chief among them, according to the group’s president: scouting for new products.

In the most recent STAFDA Trade News newsletter, Rick Lamb of Frank’s Supply Co. in Albuquerque, N.M., described the hunt for new products as a crucial element of the trade show experience. 

November 2, 2012

Georgia Foley has been the executive director of the Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association (STAFDA) since 2000, but her involvement with the trade organization dates to when she was barely a teenager, when she helped her father — founder Morrie Halvorsen — run the operation out of the family basement.

Through the years, Foley has seen membership grow in numbers and stature even though STAFDA has maintained the same dues rates it first established in 1977.