August 31, 2011

Ten months after the launch of True Value’s new-and-improved e-commerce program, the statistics are beginning to pile up. Most importantly, perhaps, almost 2,000 stores have signed up for the program, allowing customers to shop online and pick up purchases in their local hardware store. 

There are some things still unknown in the e-commerce world, such as the correlation between Web browsing and in-store buying. But True Value believes it’s getting closer to an understanding. And it likes what the data are showing. 

June 20, 2011

Michigan-based home improvement chain ACO Hardware has expanded its relationship with Vertis and named the company its exclusive provider of newspaper inserts, Inserts2online and logistics.

May 3, 2011

There’s nothing like “free paint” to catch consumers’ attention, as Valspar learned during its recent “Power in Color” campaign. According to an article in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal, the manufacturer handed out 100,000 free paint-sample kits during the first 100 days of 2011, or 1,000 kits per day.

May 1, 2011

Customers paying with their Lowe’s Consumer Credit Card receive an immediate discount of 5% on in-stock and special order purchases bought in stores or online at, Lowe's said.

Customers with single-receipt purchases of $299 or more can choose between the 5% discount or special financing currently advertised.

January 10, 2011

Harbor Freight's e-circular at features a deal-of-the-day concept. It's simple: For each day of the week, there's a deal. Each item features a discount code that customers enter when they check out to receive the discount, or they can bring the coupon to the store.

Hot Deals

June 17, 2010

Today's economic conditions have completely redirected trends in the lawn and garden industry, and have created emerging markets that did not exist before and brand new opportunities to go with them. Many of today's opportunities we have in the lawn and garden industry were actually created by the downturn.

Though business models that have worked for the past 25 years are now obsolete and don't work in today's economy, new opportunities have created new business models that DO WORK and create exciting times if you pay attention.

October 19, 2008

Hardware store circulars have been part of our nation’s newspapers for generations and are a...