September 10, 2013

Oak Brook, Ill.-based co-op Ace Hardware kicks off its three-day Fall Convention and Exhibits Tuesday morning with an early morning General Session at the Orange County Convention Center.  

The event organizers say they expect more than 5,000 Ace retailers from all 50 states and 73 countries to attend. 

In addition to buying and networking on the convention floor, the event’s retailer training sessions run the gamut from strategies to remove unproductive inventory to prevent shoplifting and to increase retail space productivity.

September 10, 2013

Orlando -- Author and customer service consultant Shep Hyken told Ace Hardware dealers that being helpful means more than just making sales. It means being a bigger part of the community.

Hyken is author of “Amaze Every Customer Every Time,” an analysis and case study of Ace Hardware stores. During the General Session of the Ace Hardware Fall Convention & Exhibits here at the Orange County Convention Center, Hyken pointed to tools retailers can use to beat the competition at customer service.

His advice:

August 23, 2013

With a goal of revitalizing U.S. manufacturing, the world’s largest retailer convened a domestic sourcing summit Thursday. 

Not only was the event a first for Bentonville, Ark.-based Walmart, it was also unlike anything the retail industry has ever seen. 

November 2, 2012

Georgia Foley has been the executive director of the Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association (STAFDA) since 2000, but her involvement with the trade organization dates to when she was barely a teenager, when she helped her father — founder Morrie Halvorsen — run the operation out of the family basement.

Through the years, Foley has seen membership grow in numbers and stature even though STAFDA has maintained the same dues rates it first established in 1977.

February 10, 2012

Orlando, Fla. -- The bar charts and graphs told a complicated construction story that was interpreted with a certain degree of optimism by a Harvard economist.

Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University economist Kermit Baker gave his presentation during the Presidents Council advisory board meeting held Wednesday here at the Orange County Convention Center.

January 17, 2011

Orlando, Fla. -- The 2011 NextGen "Flex-Home" is focused on four home-building buzzwords: green, efficient, safe and digital.

Another term could be "patriotic."

The modular home currently residing in the IBS Show Village in the parking lot outside the Orange County Convention Center here in Orlando will soon be shipped away to a veteran in need through the Rebuilding Together charity and Sears' Heroes at Home.

January 5, 2011

The International Builders' Show, the home building industry's largest convention, will convene in Orlando, Fla., next week, Jan. 12 to 15. 

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) event, held in the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, will feature cutting-edge designs, technologies, and products for all segments of the industry, according to show organizers. Among those designs is The New American Home, now in its 28th year.

October 28, 2010

Orlando, Fla. -- Ace Hardware pointed to record attendance, international growth and an overhaul of...

February 14, 2008

Orlando, Fla. -- The International Builders’ Show kicked off in earnest Wednesday morning here at...

February 11, 2008

IBS is being held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Feb. 13-16. Major...