September 3, 2015

He brings more than 30 years of homebuilding experience to the table.

April 9, 2015

Seven mini stories from a heavy trade show season

December 19, 2014

Emser Tile, a Los Angeles-based supplier of tile and natural stone products, has opened a new location in Orlando, Florida.

December 11, 2014

Ten Shark Tank contestants gathered at Ace Hardware convention.

October 23, 2014

Fresh with acquisitions in Orlando, Houston, Dallas and Austin, and motivated by a positive long-term housing industry outlook, Dallas-based Builders FirstSource reported strong sales gains in its third fiscal quarter.

 And even without counting acquisitions, sales showed a healthy gains.

October 20, 2014

Changes in distribution, technology and customer preference are converging over outdoor power equipment.

October 3, 2014

D.R. Horton, Inc.'s vice chairman, president and CEO Donald Tomnitz has officially retired, having been succeeded by David Auld on Oct. 1.

Auld was previously serving as EVP and COO and has now taken on the formal title of president and CEO. He has been with the company since 1988, initially joining the team as division president, Orlando. He was promoted to region president for Florida and the Carolinas in 2005, and he was tapped to serve in his most recent role last November.

September 22, 2014

Orlando, Florida -- With Internet sales growing faster than other channels across the U.S. retail scene, Ace Hardware rolled out a new Web-embracing deal for dealers.

In essence, retailers that sign up for Ace’s In-Store Pick Up service receive 100% profit on Internet sales, up from 70%.

September 22, 2014

Frattallone's Ace Hardware of Minnesota was recognized by Ace Hardware Corp. as the co-op's All-Star Retailer of the Year for its contributions to the Children's Miracle Network.

Mike Frattallone accepted the award during a presentation at the Ace Hardware General Session in Orlando, Florida. The ceremony included an appearance on stage alongside Aiden Morales, the 10-year-old ambassador of Ace's fundraising programs across the country. 

September 18, 2014

Orlando, Florida – Ace’s current merchandise strategy is heavy on the paint department, but there were plenty of other categories making news in the 850,000 square feet of exhibits here at the Orange County Convention Center.

Ace Hardware VP Merchandising Frank Carroll, speaking during the General Session here at the 2014 Fall Ace Convention & Exhibits, described the market as “a retail wonderland” with paint leading the way.

September 17, 2014

Orlando, Florida -- Financing and technology were among the new-and-improved tools that Ace Hardware executives rolled out onto the stage of the Ace Hardware general session here Wednesday morning.

At the same session, the co-op rallied around the morning's slogan "Building Momentum," and executives had statistics to back it up.             

May 1, 2014

The latest from the HIRI Spring Conference.

May 1, 2014

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

April 10, 2014

Orlando, Fla. -- James Gillula said he expects the United States unemployment rate to fall below 6.5% by mid-year. He cautioned that a slowdown in China could impact the U.S. economy. And he expects the home improvement industry to recoup pretty much all of its weather-related losses from the hash winter.

Those were some of the macroeconomic ideas supplied by Gillula during the 2014 Home Improvement Research Institute Spring Conference held here April 10. 

April 10, 2014

Orlando, Fla. -- Here at the 2014 Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) Spring Conference, Sarah Catlett, VP of The Futures Company, took a high-level, continental look at consumer marketing.

Catlett kicked off the HIRI conference with a quick look at Target's disappointing venture into Canada. The Minnesota-based retailer's efforts to change the way Canadians shop has fallen short, she said, partly because the company missed consumer and cultural cues. 

April 2, 2014

Mark Sheer of Orgill offers pointers on becoming the go-to for customers' niches.

March 21, 2014

The Home Improvement Research Institute’s 2014 Spring Conference, slated for Orlando April 10, will include a full slate of research-oriented presentations.

Among them will be a presentation from Wray Ward's senior VP strategic planning Kent Panther, on “Improving Marketing Measurement, ROI and Effectiveness: The Latest Tools.”

March 17, 2014

In fishing circles, they are royalty -- Jimmy Houston, Bill Dance and Roland Martin.

Known collectively as “TH3 Legends,” the trio is involved in a successful licensing deal with Safety Works in the hand protection area. 

March 17, 2014

The Home Improvement Research Institute’s 2014 Spring Conference, slated for Orlando April 10, will include a full slate of research-oriented presentations. 

Among them will be a presentation from The Futures Company’s Sarah Catlett, VP and HIRI account director, and Christina Hioros, VP and associate head of Global Monitor. Their topic: Not just another United States: Distinguishing consumer attitudes in Canada, Mexico and the United States.

March 13, 2014

The 2014 Home Improvement Research Institute Spring Conference -- “Paths to Knowing Home Improvement” -- will take place April 10 in Orlando, with a full slate of research-oriented presentations.

Among the headliners is Lou Celi, president Americas and chief marketing officer for Oxford Economics.

Celi’s presentation is titled “Incorporating Macro Into Business Analytics.”

March 7, 2014

Orlando, Fla. -- During its Spring Dealer Market hear, Orgill expanded its show floor to more than 750,000 sq. ft., including multiple model stores and a showcase area that introduced a new vivid Solutions paint area and a “Backyard Oasis” featuring outdoor living ideas.

Organizers said thousands of retailers from the United States, Canada and all over the world took part in the market, which drew to a close March 1.

March 5, 2014

Orlando – At the Orgill Spring Dealer Market here, the show floor dedicated a sizeable area to the art and science of impulse sales. 

Merchandise displays and educational materials elevated the status of a family of items ranging from Krud Kutter to As Seen on TV Pancake Makers.

Orgill pointed retailers to a number of statistics, for instance:

• 88% of all impulse purchases are made because an item is on sale or the shopper thinks she is getting a good price;

January 29, 2014

Concept stores and product showcases lined up for Orlando.

December 10, 2013

It’s been a busy summer and fall for HCN: Its editorial staff was taken to many corners of the great United States in pursuit of emerging brands and game-changing products. We were happy to see many industry heavyweights at several of the big trade shows this year, as well as a few hidden gems in the home improvement aisle. From old favorites to promising newcomers, here are a few highlights from the reporter’s notebook.