Digital News Digest

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 21, 2017

REPORT: pivots to contracting

A West Coast start-up company no longer wants to help connect homeowners with home professionals. It’s got other ideas. (Source: TechCrunch)  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
August 17, 2017

REPORT: Millennial homeownership is finally catching up

Home Depot thinks Millennials will take the housing recovery and run with it. (Source: Business Insider) read more
August 16, 2017

REPORT: No deal on softwood lumber dispute

The U.S. and Canada have failed to settle the softwood lumber trade dispute, so it seems like NAFTA talks will move on without a tidy conclusion for now. (Source: Reuters) read more