Digital News Digest

September 21, 2017

REPORT: Maine Governor calls for suspension of tariffs

In the aftermath of hurricane, Canadian softwood lumber is needed to rebuild says governor. Not everyone agrees. (Source: Global News) read more
September 21, 2017

REPORT: Ace plays Maker to Market

Sixty-one acts auditioned in 15-minute presentations for a role at an upcoming Ace Hardware market. (Source: Chicago Tribune) read more
September 19, 2017

REPORT: Google and the pro

A new app from the digital powerhouse is designed to help handymen like painters and plumbers get discovered. (Source: Digital Trends) read more
September 18, 2017

REPORT: At Home forced to move

A legal challenge from The Home Depot leads to the removal of a “home-décor superstore” from a Rhode Island shopping center, the Bald Hill Commons.  (Source: Providence Journal) read more
September 15, 2017

REPORT: Transformation at Ridgefield Supply

The Connecticut building supply dealer unveils its architectural makeover and brings its history to life. (Source: Danbury News Times) read more
September 15, 2017

REPORT: Oregon pols defend lumber industry

Testifying at a U.S. International Trade Commission, Oregon legislators defended their turf in the ongoing Canadian softwood lumber trade saga. (Source: The World) read more
September 12, 2017

REPORT: Police escort for Home Depot trucks in Florida

As the retailer reports most stores impacted by Irma are back in business, the state is is providing police escorts for supply trucks.  (Source: Fox Business) read more
September 12, 2017

REPORT: A reboot at Walmart

Walmart be nimble. Walmart be quick. The world's largest retailer says it intends to simplify its sprawling U.S. store operations. (Source: Bloomberg) read more
September 8, 2017

REPORT: Softwood dispute vs. Hurricane recovery

With some 200,000 damaged houses in Houston alone, a Scotiabank economist weighs in on the impact of the U.S. softwood lumber dispute with Canada. (Source: The Canadian Business) read more
September 7, 2017

REPORT: Florida hunts for supplies

Hurricane Irma is already affecting supply lines in the Sunshine State, where bottled water and other basics are growing scarce. (Source: Pensacola News Journal).  read more
September 5, 2017

REPORT: Here comes Hurricane Irma

Generators and plywood are among the products in high demand ahead of Hurricane Irma, which is bearing down on South Florida. (Source: Orlando Sentinel) read more
September 5, 2017

REPORT: Home Depot agrees to fine

Without admitting guilt, the giant retailer agreed to cough up $5.7 million as it faced USCPSC claims that it sold products that had been recalled. (Source: New York Times) read more
August 23, 2017

REPORT: Former Depot exec tries his hand at Macy’s

Hal Lawton was a respected executive and a technology facilitator at Home Depot, then eBay. His next challenge is to help a department store turn the corner in an omnichannel world.  (Source: USA Today). read more
August 23, 2017

REPORT: An old hardware store gets pushed around

Not everyone in Bethesda, Maryland, is happy about the way an old hardware store building was cut in half and moved a mile down the street. (Source: Bethesda Magazine) read more
August 18, 2017

REPORT: The frontiers of wood insulation

With major scientific credentials, a Maine company explores the idea of converting wood fiber into high-performance insulation. (Source: Portland Press Herald) read more