December 29, 2015

The chief economist for talks about her predictions for the 2016 housing market. (Source: CNNMoney)

December 21, 2015

Support your local lumberyard is a slogan, a simple idea, and a 21st century recruitment strategy.

December 14, 2015

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast” runs ahead of “Creativity is just intelligence having fun.”

November 30, 2015

Don't believe every survey you read, and listen to advice from Lady Macbeth: just do it yourself.

November 20, 2015

‘Tis the season to get aggressive in going after the Christmas customer

October 8, 2015

Report: A shoplifting incident escalates into a shooting in a Home Depot parking lot. And gun instructors shake their heads. Source: Detroit Free Press

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.