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: 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 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