November 24, 2014

True Value CEO John Hartmann had a lot of respectable and dignified things to say about his upcoming role on the CBS series "Undercover Boss." But, if the show's established formula is any indication, things are bound to get emotional for the co-op and its leader. If he's like most CEOs who go undercover, we'll probably see him get a little misty-eyed.

Worse things have happened on the show.

November 22, 2014

[The following letter is in response to the article "The home channel's seeing green," which included the Newcandescent Rough Service light bulb.]

“As you likely know, the federal government has lamp efficiency regulations that ban the incandescent. And as you likely know, the federal government has set light bulb regulations that eliminate the incandescent lamps that we grew up with.

"Rough service bulbs are a loophole in the law.

November 21, 2014

The National Retail Federation is calling for comprehensive immigration reform more comprehensive than that being offered by President Obama.

June 19, 2014

The majority of readers remain optimistic in the housing market, despite May’s disappointing residential construction data. The live survey is here.

 See the report on May housing starts here.

September 10, 2013

Two-step distribution is riding a housing recovery for both LBM and hardware.

Sales gains and growth were the major themes of the HCN Top 300 Retailer and Top 200 Pro Dealer Scoreboards released earlier this year.

So it’s only logical that the HCN Top 100 Distributor Scoreboard shares in that growth, fueled by rising prices on certain products and a long awaited — though staggering and somewhat unreliable — housing market recovery.

February 17, 2012

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is encouraged by the second-best pace of overall housing production since October 2008.

Housing starts increased to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 699,000 in Januray, according to the latest report from the Deparment of Commerce.

July 7, 2011

After the economic crash of 2008-2009, retailers that successfully weathered the storm may be tempted to breathe a sigh of relief. However, John B. Heroux, president of Colonial Lumber Management in Bedford, N.H., and 48-year veteran of the wholesale building materials business, warned managers not to let their guard down.

January 10, 2011

If your company’s overarching online strategy sounds like this: “Integrate real-time platforms,” then your company is in trouble for two reasons. 1) The three words above were generated randomly by the Web Economy Bulls--t Generator; and 2) Few people know what any of those words mean individually, let alone in conjunction with one another.

You gotta have a plan, in English. 

December 13, 2010

Let’s get right to the point: It is the opinion of the editorial board of Home Channel News that the mortgage interest deduction, or MID, should be left alone, thank you.

December 5, 2010

Business, much like living, is a balancing act between the present and the future. Focusing...

December 1, 2010

Several years ago, the couple down the street -- one of them a landscape architect -- decided to tear out their front lawn and put in a drought tolerant garden. This being Southern California, no one batted an eye. In fact, San Diego Home & Gardens magazine did a photo spread on the project.

June 17, 2010

I know that some of you out there have been attending the National Hardware Show for decades, maybe as far back as the ’70s, when it was held in New York. So my 10-year milestone this year won’t sound very impressive. But what I’m most proud of is this: Every year I get a rush when I walk into the New Product World section and see what the inventors have been up to during the last 12 months. Like Madonna says: It’s like the very first time.

June 17, 2010

This editorial is 16 ounces of cold, refreshing, liquid gold.

I’m talking about beer. The beautiful blending of barley, hops and water, and of course yeast. More specifically, I’m talking about homebrewing, the craft beer industry, ancient Sumerians and a hardware store owner.

Allow me to explain.