August 21, 2015

This will be the retail giant's fifth fulfillment center in Texas.

July 22, 2015

The disruptive giant muscles in on more home improvement projects.

July 16, 2015

So, how did Amazon make out with its 20th anniversary super-sale event on Wednesday?

July 14, 2015

Technology and the younger generation will transform the retail landscape.

July 7, 2015

Hint: It’s the low-price provider.

June 16, 2015 is reportedly expanding the assortment of items eligible for free two-day shipping for members of its Prime paid subscription.

December 11, 2014’s reputation as the dominant disruptive force of the power tool category was turbo-charged by a recent report from research firm 360pi.

December 10, 2014

Home Channel News has gathered the following noteworthy articles from the wide world of hardware, retail and building materials.

• Some call it the Amazon of building supplies. But the company deals in much bigger packages as it seeks e-commerce superstartdom. (source: Forbes.) Read here.

October 20, 2014

The building products distribution industry has avoided “disruption” more than most other industries, but will it stay that way?

September 25, 2014

Color expert Kate Smith is predicting bold choices for residential door exteriors come 2015, according to Fortune Brands' Therma-Tru.

"Five of the colors that I believe will find their ways to many front doors in 2015 are bold and influenced by cross-cultural experiences, such as Bronze Tone and Tripoli Sand," said Smith, president of Sensational Color. "Then there are five other colors -- like Thyme Green and Amazon Soil -- which are more muted hues that invite us to step out of the fast flow of life to relax in our homes."

September 10, 2014

Trex Company is making its debut in the world of e-commerce, but not in the way one would necessarily expect of the decking and railing manufacturer.

Trex is launching its high-performance Outdoor Lighting collection on, bypassing its own website to join other Trex-branded products that have populated Amazon's site via Trex licensees (such as Trex Outdoor Furniture, Trex RainEscape and Trex Pergola). However, this will be the first product line sold directly by Trex online.

September 4, 2014

When I look around the country, I’m struck by how similar the home improvement/LBM stores are in appearance and experience.

May 7, 2014

Amazon has entered into a partnership with Twitter whereby Twitter users can link their accounts to an Amazon account, and add items to the shopping cart by responding to any tweet with an Amazon product link that has the hashtag #AmazonCart.

In order to take advantage of the service, customers have to connect their Amazon account to their Twitter account, which they can do via

May 6, 2014

Las Vegas -- Keynote speaker Mark Herbek, of Cleveland Research Company, took the NRHA stage here at the National Hardware Show just moments after the grand-opening ceremony concluded. His message to the home improvement industry: Get on board with e-commerce. And the sooner, the better.

In a presentation titled "Preparing For and Participating in the Accelerating E-Commerce Shift -- What it Takes to Win," Herbek went over the facts and figures related to the economic downturn and spelled out the rapidly increasing opportunities presented by online shopping.

October 18, 2013

The home automation industry is expanding rapidly. It’s projected to be worth more than $5.5 billion in 2016, according to Companies & Markets — and it’s not just the early adopters who are recognizing the appeal of the technology.

November 2, 2012

Chicago — Before the first speaker could take the podium at the Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) Fall Conference, a residential construction report for September stole the show with news of a 15.0% increase in total starts.

The tone was set. One presenter pointed to an average forecast of 924,000 starts in 2013, a figure drawn from 10 estimates ranging from a high of 1.1 million and a low of 800,000.

July 2, 2012

Described as a big win for advocates of a level retail playing field, began collecting sales tax in Texas July 1.

“A true free market is devoid of government preferences and special treatment,” said Sandy Kennedy, president of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA). “Texas has made a powerful statement that it's time to end special treatment for online retailers and close the sales tax loophole that gives companies like Amazon an artificial leg up on Main Street retailers.”

June 1, 2012

Offer exclusive products, make the most of your retail brands online and accentuate the positives of your store touch points.

May 31, 2012

Gov. Chris Christie has announced an agreement with Amazon, the Internet’s largest retailer, that will levy state sales tax on purchases made by New Jersey residents. Saying it took “months of hard work and good faith discussions,” the governor said it will be Amazon’s “obligation” to track and collect the sales tax starting in July 2013.

A similar agreement was struck with Nevada earlier this month and Texas in April.

October 28, 2011

The third annual Mobile Audit, released Thursday by e-commerce and digital marketing company Acquity Group, found that mobile adoption is on the rise. In fact, the percentage of retailers with a mobile site reached 37% in 2011, up from 12% in 2010 and only 4% in 2009 -- a 210% increase over the past year alone.

July 12, 2011

The Los Angeles Times reported that will continue to fight against a California law passed July 1, which requires the company to collect a 7.25% sales tax. Amazon said that the law is unconstitutional, and has now announced that it will make the case against the sales tax to voters, in hopes that they will vote to overturn it.