November 15, 2011

Consumer research from Port Washington, N.Y.-based NPD Group indicates that the home improvement industry grew 2% in the 12 months ended September 2011 compared with 2010. Specialty retailers and online shopping are making significant gains, and hardware stores are also “gaining sales momentum,” the research showed.

Home improvement, as tracked by The NPD Group, includes categories in hand tools, power tools, outdoor power equipment, storage and organization, faucets and shower heads, lighting and electrical, fans, and caulk/glue/adhesives.

April 6, 2011

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and CargoNet have announced the establishment of an exclusive strategic alliance with the shared goal of combating the growing problem of cargo theft across the retail industry.

According to the 2010 United States Cargo Theft Report issued by CargoNet, reported incidences of cargo theft increased by 50% in 2010 compared with 2009. The FBI identifies cargo theft as a multi-billion dollar industry in the United States.