July 15, 2015

All things home improvement, plus a six-foot Golden Gate Bridge art piece made of hardware.

February 18, 2015

A retail conversation centers on security, plus Chip and PIN and tokenization -- terms you haven't heard the last of.

January 5, 2015

Cole Hardware, a San Francisco hardware institution, is spreading its wings with its first store outside the city limits, according to an article in the Contra Costa Times.

December 12, 2014

Here are three lessons learned from the West Coast storms this week: When it rains, it pours. Better safe than sorry. And retail is detail.

In the San Francisco Bay area and Silicon Valley, Eric Hassett of Hassett Ace Hardware came to grips with all three lessons during the state’s headline-grabbing deluge. There were reports of 12 inches falling overnight in some counties -- high winds, widespread power outages and fears of mudslides.

November 22, 2014

The family of John William Bacon announced his passing on Nov. 13 at the age of 84.

A native of San Mateo, California, Bacon was a lifelong resident of the San Francisco Bay area whose lumber-industry career began in the early 1950s at San Bruno Lumber Company. 

He later purchased South City Lumber & Supply, Economy Lumber Company of Oakland, and Piedmont Lumber. 

He died at his home in Atherton, California. He is survived by his wife, Lynn; seven children, 16 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

July 14, 2014

The 3-D printer movement got a boost months ago when Home Depot began offering 3-D printers and scanners for sale through its website.

Now the world’s largest home improvement retailer is bringing the products to shelves in select markets. Home Depot is introducing MakerBot 3-D printers and scanners in select stores in Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

June 19, 2014

In an effort to boost awareness of connected home and its widereaching influence, San Francisco-based solar company Sunrun is partnering up with home design expert Genvieve Gorder, as well as Drew and Jonathan Scott of Property Brothers fame.

Their thesis? That the rise of smart home technology is making its mark not just on energy consumption and functionality, but also home design and property value. The informed homeowner can use this to his advantage, whether that means building more equity or simply optimizing his home.

June 5, 2014

Scott Sedam, president of TrueNorth Development, will deliver a presentation on the supplier/trade shortage during the 2014 PCBC event in San Francisco, June 25 to 26.

According to the write-up about the presentation in the PCBC agenda: “The combination of housing growth, stalled national immigration reform and more aggressive state immigration laws has resulted in trade shortages nearly everywhere in America.”

June 3, 2014

Apple planted its flag at the intersection of tech and home on Monday when it unveiled its plans to add home automation functions to its new operating system.

Taking the stage at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, the company announced that it would be adding remote security, lighting and other home automation controls to its latest iOS using its HomeKit software, according to multiple media reports.

April 18, 2014

GE is behind the latest eco-forward move in San Francisco -- specifically, that of the iconic 16-ft. crab wheel at the gateway of Fisherman's Wharf.

Together with the Arrow Sign Company, GE helped restore the landmark with new LED sign lighting systems that will save an estimated 80% in lighting energy usage.

February 27, 2014

Trulia has issued its Winter 2014 Rent vs. Buy Report, finding that homeownership is still less expensive than renting in all of the nation's 100 largest housing markets, though roughly one-third of that 100 are at risk of tipping in the other direction.

February 5, 2014

San Francisco-based One Kings Lane, an online destination for the home, has appointed Arun Rajan as chief technology officer. In his new role, Rajan will lead end-to-end technology delivery, data infrastructure and site operations to support the growth and evolution of One Kings Lane. 

Rajan joins alongside chief product officer David Yu, who joined One Kings Lane in mid-2013. 

September 13, 2013

Budgets for pay raises at U.S. employers have picked up from all-time lows, going from an average (mean) of 2.2 percent in 2009 to 2.9 percent in 2013, according to the 40th annual WorldatWork 2013-2014 Salary Budget Survey. U.S. salary budgets have averaged 2.8 percent for the past two years.

August 21, 2013

According to the First Republic Prestige Home Index issued by First Republic Bank, luxury home values in certain niche California markets experienced strong growth in the second quarter.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, values were up 10.9% year-over-year, as well as 5.0% since the first quarter. Los Angeles homes rose 6.1% since 2012's second quarter, as well as 3.3% since last quarter. In the San Diego region, values were up 8.0% on a year-ago basis and 4.9% since last quarter.

August 8, 2013

The Oct. 1, 2013, deadline for employers to provide employees with written notice about new health care exchanges should trigger employers’ efforts to help their workers understand a wide range of pending health care changes, benefits experts say.

March 26, 2013

On Feb. 28, 2013, approximately 286 businesses and municipal employers filed an amicus brief in support of a challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), now before the U.S. Supreme Court.

February 21, 2013

Back in June, Home Depot said it intended to defend its position as power tool market share leader. Now the giant chain finds itself a defendant in a lawsuit filed by Orchard Supply Hardware.

In a 43-page complaint, San Jose, Calif.-based Orchard said it's being iced by power tool makers Milwaukee and Makita at the urging of the world's largest home improvement retailer. "Orchard Supply vs. Home Depot, Milwaukee Electric Tool and Makita USA" was filed in December in U.S. District Court in San Francisco. OSH claims the defendants are running an unlawful group boycott.

December 13, 2012

It’s a relatively simple script: A large, publicly traded company finds itself over-leveraged. It enters and exits bankruptcy protection, reorganizes and emerges as a leaner, more focused company.

It’s a story that has played out many times in corporate America. But don’t be fooled by the simplicity of the plot. It’s never easy.

November 29, 2012

In a pilot now being conducted in San Francisco, the U.S. Postal Service is experimenting with a same-day delivery service of e-commerce packages. The project, called “Metro Post,” will begin on or about Dec. 12 in San Francisco and run for the next 12 months, according to John Friess, a public relations representative for the postal service.

If all goes well, the Post Office has selected more than two dozen cities that are large, densely populated metro areas that could support the Metro Post business model, according to Friess.

August 26, 2012

Few stances have riled employers this summer more than the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) position that employee handbooks with language about at-will employment may violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). This position, which Kent Jones, an attorney with Nixon Peabody in San Francisco, characterized in an interview with SHRM Online as “a terrible stretch,” applies to all employers -- unionized or not.

The NLRB floated this theory in a pair of cases earlier this year at the Phoenix regional office.

August 7, 2012

California cities dominate the top-ten Eco-Friendliest Cities list assembled by small business-oriented web site thumbtack.com

San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose rank one, two and three on the list, which measures the per capita prevalence of a representative group of ten types of green services. More details about the data are here.

Here are the top ten eco-friendly cities from the list:

August 7, 2012

California cities dominate the top-ten Eco-Friendliest Cities list assembled by small business-oriented web site thumbtack.com

San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose rank one, two and three on the list, which measures the per capita prevalence of a representative group of ten types of green services. More details about the data are here.

Here are the top ten eco-friendly cities from the list:

July 15, 2012

Tuggy’s Hardware, a fixture in the Noe Valley section of San Francisco, is closing its doors, KGO-TV reported.

The 114-year-old business is owned by Denny Giovannoli, who is retiring. He began working there, helping his father, when he was 12 years old. The building is being leased to another business.

 

 

June 6, 2012

Saying it needs to address concerns raised by members, core LEED users and stakeholders, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced June 4 that it will delay balloting on LEED 2012 until June 1, 2013. (One caveat: The possibility also exists that the balloting could take place earlier in 2013 if USGBC members and the market indicate readiness for ballot, the announcement said.) Because of this date change, LEED 2012 is being renamed LEED v4.

In addition to the ballot date change, other actions include: