Allison Har-Zvi

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  • Wed Aug 31 2011

    Across the country, and across a broad spectrum of industries, advertisements sporting mobile bar codes are becoming an increasingly familiar sight. QR codes — quick response codes — are the most common of a few types of bar codes that consumers can scan using a pre-downloaded smartphone app. The bar codes may appear on anything from posters to packaging to catalogs and, when scanned, lead consumers to a specific set of information, often through a mobile website.

  • Mon Aug 29 2011

    The past months have seen a tightening of EPA regulations on rodenticide products. But according to at least one manufacturer, the strategy is misguided.

  • Thu Aug 18 2011

    The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported that existing-home sales declined in July compared with June, but have improved compared with a year ago.

    Total existing-home sales, which are based on transaction closings of single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, fell from a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.84 million in June to 4.67 million in July, a decrease of 3.5%. However, existing-home sales for July 2011 were 21.0% above the 3.86 million-unit pace in July 2010.

  • Tue Aug 16 2011 held a live Web event to showcase and educate its users about green building materials earlier this month. The website, dedicated year-round to the green building community, offered an array of resources at the live Web conference, targeted at anyone interested in sustainable building. 

  • Thu Aug 04 2011 is taking a new approach to engaging shoppers and sellers, reminiscent both of business sites and social networking sites. In June, the online home improvement classified introduced a new program, offering a combination of features, which it says are similar to those found on Facebook, Twitter and Groupon.

  • Wed Aug 03 2011

    The American Hardware Manufacturers Association (AHMA) announced mixed results from its AHMA Home Improvement Industry Confidence Index for the month of July. 

    The Current Situation Index was reported to have risen to 225 in July, up from 166.7 in June. Also, 54% of survey respondents said sales were higher in July in comparison to those from one year ago, up from 40% in June. Some 18% reported sales were even, and 29% said sales had decreased since last year.

  • Tue Jul 12 2011

    On July 11, Greatwide Logistics Services announced the selection of John P. Tague as its new CEO. Mr. Tague comes to the new position after eight years with United Airlines, where he served as President as well as other senior leadership positions including Chief Operating Officer and Chief Revenue Officer. 

  • Mon Jul 11 2011

    WOLF has launched a new line of cabinets, “WOLF Classic Cabinets,” available exclusively to independent dealers in 18 eastern states. With the new cabinet line, the largest U.S. supplier of kitchen cabinets hopes to compete with comparable products imported from overseas. 

    Barry Graboski, WOLF’s senior VP product development for kitchen and bath, said that the new line was the result of collaboration with WOLF customers, who expressed a need for a product to compete with the foreign-made cabinets that dominate the category. 

  • Thu Jul 07 2011

    As part of its June Industry Confidence Index, the American Hardware Manufacturers Association posed two additional “hot topic” survey questions to its members, regarding members’ opinions of the passage of the proposed Jobs and Energy Permitting Act and of free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea.