Digital News Digest

February 22, 2017

REPORT: Will robots solve Lowe's staffing needs?

Some speculations regarding the recent layoffs at Lowe's and its simultaneous desires to increase human-to-human face time with its customers. (Source: Forbes) read more
February 21, 2017

REPORT: Layoffs at Lowe's headquarters

The layoffs incluse more than 400 employees at the Mooresville headquarters, and another 70 or so in Wilkesboro. (Source: The Charlotte Observer) read more
February 14, 2017

Next Big Thing: What comes after the tiny home?

The tiny home movement might not be the "next big thing" anymore, but there's an argument to be made for what it will leave in its wake. (Source: Kleber & Associates; photo via 84 Lumber) read more
February 13, 2017

REPORT: Orchard Supply makes Orlando debut

California-based Orchard Supply Hardware takes over an Orlando location formerly occupied by Kmart. (Source: Orlando Sentinel) read more
February 10, 2017

REPORT: Amazon makes smart-home house calls

A Smart Home Consultation Service in a handful of West Coast cities is out to make the connected home more common, and it’s free. (Source: The Seattle Times) read more
February 7, 2017

REPORT: TreeHouse stands poised for growth

The Next Big Thing? A Texas company believes it is reinventing home improvement with a combined focus on healthy indoors and healthy outdoors. (Source: Forbes.) read more
February 3, 2017

REPORT: End of the road for historic store

The Texas Historical Commission calls this store the oldest hardware store in the Lone Star state. It expects to close this month. (Source: KTXS Channel 12) read more
February 1, 2017

REPORT: Menards opens again

The home center chain's latest store is the fourth in the Kansas City area. (Source: Kansas City Business Journal) read more
January 25, 2017

REPORT: Connecticut store embraces e-commerce

Rutkowski Paint & Hardware's e-commerce business started small by experimenting on eBay. Today, the retailer generates the bulk of its sales online. (Source: Hartford Business) read more
January 20, 2017

REPORT: The music ends for Chicago store

The closing of Meyer's Ace Hardware on the South Side of Chicago affects homeowners and Jazz afficionados. (Source: Forward) read more
January 19, 2017

REPORT: Network Objects to 84 Lumber’s Super Ad

The lumberyard company will tone down its Super Bowl commercial after the Fox Network objected to ‘controversial’ content. (Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) read more
January 18, 2017

REPORT: Downtown Cincy store opening

Woods Hardware now operates six hardware store locations with about 70 employees, thanks to the combination of Acme Lock and Small's Hardware. (Source: read more
January 12, 2017

REPORT: Lowe's gets ready for layoffs

Lowe's is laying off a small percentage of its workforce in order to move ahead with a new store staffing model. (Source: CNBC) read more
January 11, 2017

REPORT: Remembering Virginia Beach's handyman heavyweight

Lloyd Newman was the guy to talk to in the 1970s and 80s if you were building a home. (Source: The Virginian Pilot) read more
January 10, 2017

REPORT: How long will the Trump rally really last?

An analyst argues that the current stock market rally might not last past the beginning of 2017. (Source: MarketWatch) read more