March 16, 2015

Sears Hometown and Outlet, the franchise-model hardware store retail company that spun from Sears Holdings in 2012, struggled through its fourth quarter, posting a comp-store sales decline of 7.7%.

March 1, 2015

The St. Louis-based building products distributor looks ahead to profitable sales growth in 2015, according to CEO Jon Vrabely.

February 23, 2015

Texture Plus is introducing a brand new collection of textured faux wall panels.

February 19, 2015

Boise Cascade CEO Tom Carlile had positive things to say about the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended Dec. 31, and he deemed 2014 a good note to leave on as he moves toward his planned retirement.

February 18, 2015

LBM distributor Cedar Creek promoted D. Wayne Trousdale from chief operating officer to CEO.

February 18, 2015

A retail conversation centers on security, plus Chip and PIN and tokenization -- terms you haven't heard the last of.

February 17, 2015

Palo Alto, Calif. -- Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, defended the consumer’s right to privacy and security on Friday in remarks at the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection.

February 13, 2015

 At a Cybersecurity Summit, assorted advocacy groups are urging the White House to take steps to improve cybersecurity for retail transactions.

February 12, 2015

 Duluth Trading Company promotes Stephanie Pugliese, credited for spearheading the brand’s expansion and evolution.

February 11, 2015

Also around the Web, slow recovery in metro Phoenix and B&Q braces for 50 shades of rope sales.

February 6, 2015

Tom Mahlke is CEO of Mid-States Distributing Co. Inc., which just unveiled a new logo (a red and brown M in a circle), a new slogan (The heart and soul of farm, ranch and home), and moved into a new headquarters (in Mendota Heights, Minnesota).

He spoke with HBSDealer shortly after Mid-State’s “Rendezvous,” the co-op’s semi-annual market and trade show for its farm-and-ranch retailer membership. Here’s the edited conversation:

February 1, 2015

Herman Miller president and CEO Brian Walker is the newest director on the board of Universal Forest Products, Inc.

January 26, 2015

Sears Canada has a new president and CEO in Ronald Boire, who has been serving as acting president and CEO since October of last year.

January 9, 2015

Tom Corrick has officially been named the successor to current Boise Cascade CEO Tom Carlile, who has announced his pending retirement after 42 years with the company.

January 9, 2015

Cristina Iaboni has joined Taylor Morrison Home Corporation as chief human resources officer, reporting directly to CEO Sheryl Palmer.

January 7, 2015

Gypsum wallboard supplier Continental Building Products has named James Bachmann as president and CEO, effective immediately.

January 5, 2015

Founded in 1883, and based in Spokane, Wash., Jensen Distribution Services is a wholesale hardware distributor with approximately $150 million in wholesale revenue that serves more than 2,000 customers in 11 western states.

January 5, 2015

Construction aggregates supplier Vulcan Materials Company is experiencing personnel changes at its top-most ranks.

December 29, 2014

Whether you’re engaged in the distribution of heavy building materials to dusty job sites, or the display of stylish home decor in a well-lit showroom, the hardware and building supply industry is one giant exercise in human resources.

December 22, 2014

Frank Blake, former CEO and current chairman of The Home Depot, will receive the National Retail Federation’s prestigious Gold Medal Award at Retail’s BIG Show in New York City next month, NRF announced today.

December 18, 2014

It’s not every day that a CEO gives back his bonus. But that’s just what Rick Holley of Plum Creek Lumber did. Also around the web, HCN editors have found stories about store closings concerning a New Jersey independent and one of the biggest names in American retail.

December 15, 2014

Armstrong World Industries is breaking it off with its European flooring business as well as discontinue funding for its DLW subsidiary, which filed for insolvency in Germany as a result.

"Our difficult, but necessary, decision to exit the European flooring business and discontinue funding our DLW subsidiary in Germany was the culmination of a comprehensive evaluation of strategic alternatives following years of disappointing results, multiple restructuring initiatives and significant financial investments," said Armstrong CEO Matthew Espe.

December 15, 2014

The former FBI agent and current CEO of Chicago-based True Value Company went undercover on the CBS TV show "Undercover Boss" broadcast Sunday night.

December 11, 2014 CEO Matt Ehrlichman was named the USA Today Entrepreneur of the Year for 2014.

Key criteria of the award included exhibiting significant growth this year and solving a consumer problem.

Ehrlichman won the honor after a team of USA Today editors sorted through 10 finalists.