September 16, 2015

Most readers see no concerns with glyphosate on the shelves

September 1, 2015

Who will become the Tesla or AirBnB of the home category?

August 28, 2015

Dealers agree: Support the Innocent Sellers Act

August 17, 2015

Greenhouse gas bill would jack up costs, says CBIA.

July 31, 2015

“Unfounded lawsuits” lead a list of concerns.

July 15, 2015

Where were you back on Jan. 13, 1975?

July 9, 2015

HBSDealer has launched its Throwback Thursday campaign.

July 7, 2015

Look who’s tied for first in our unofficial reader’s poll.

June 26, 2015

There was a clear consensus over the Confederate stars and bars.

June 17, 2015

How one company achieves astronomical sales per square foot.

June 12, 2015

The industry appears to be evenly split regarding macro-optimism, or lack thereof.

April 30, 2015

A blow-by-blow account of a moderately successful lobbying effort.

February 6, 2015

The way men are portrayed in advertising and on TV has changed a lot over the years.

December 11, 2014

“Naught without labor.” That was one of the key super-secret-ritual themes of my cloak-and-dagger college fraternity (from which I’ll probably be expelled now that I revealed it). And it’s also one of the major themes of the year that was 2014.

November 6, 2014

Lowe’s announced that it was launching customer service robots at an Orchard Supply Hardware location, playing right into Oliver’s hands with an easily mocked automaton drone that makes Siri sound like a Scarlett Johansson voiceover.

October 20, 2014

DENVER — Some 4,000 people filed into the Bellco Theatre in Denver to hear the latest on True Value’s much-anticipated unveiling of its strategic plan.

As we settled into our seats, a stringed instrument quartet pounded out the heart-throbbing chords of Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir. About two hours later, president and CEO John Hartmann was driving across the stage on a dirt bike. An uninvited fire alarm interfered with his closing remarks, but the point was made: engagement, growth, efficiency — three pillars of a new True Value.

September 23, 2014

Much has been made over the rise of the female home improvement customer, which continues to be a central fixation of hardware store remodels and even a top entry in HCN’s own “trends to watch out for” at this year’s National Hardware Show.

The name of the game is bigger, brighter aisles, easily navigable formats, appealing displays, home and garden sections – women are visual customers, the conventional wisdom seems to go, and when shopping is pleasurable, everyone wins (and buys more).

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.

September 3, 2014

Beginning in Alabama and sparkling up the alphabet all the way to Wyoming, the HCN Hardware Store All-Star class of 2014 — “50 stores in 50 states” — are laid out in our special report.

July 31, 2014

What Silicon Valley company is the reigning “Business of the Year,” as determined by the Campbell, California, Chamber of Commerce?

June 6, 2014

West Chester, Pennsylvania-based PrimePay has been as the payroll and tax services provider for the Home Depot Pro Xtra Loyalty Program.

June 4, 2014

Following the gathering of “open carry” gun enthusiasts at a Texas Home Depot, most HCN readers indicated they would have no problem with a similar event at their locations.

May 29, 2014

Is the NRF trying to make us believe even though a product comes in from China, it's really to be considered a U.S.-made product because it has 'some' U.S. content?  That's stretching the truth.

May 1, 2014

At trade shows, at industry events or even over the phone, I like to promise retailers two things.