July 14, 2015

Technology and the younger generation will transform the retail landscape.

June 16, 2015

A century ago, it was wagons and mules. Later this month, look for CipherLab hand held ordering systems.

June 8, 2015

An article from Jordan Weinstein of IBISWorld examines the power of the millenials in the retail marketplace of the future.

May 18, 2015

A fast-moving, fast-changing lumber business includes opportunities to expand and diversify, says Gary Nackers.

May 13, 2015

At Indianapolis this weekend: A 70th anniversary, BOGOs and e-commerce.

April 3, 2015

Brandon Wolf is the e-commerce point man for Do it Best Corp. His dual-role position includes leading the co-op’s consumer-facing Web properties (about half his time), and consulting with members on ways to boost their online expertise (the other half).

February 5, 2015

The new program opens the door to web sales while leaving the door open for distributors

January 14, 2015

Do it Best Corp. is flexing its digital muscle in 2015 with the launch of a new consumer website, designed with e-commerce and store traffic optimization in mind.

January 12, 2015

Home Hardware selected Shopatron to power its in-store pickup program at more than 1,000 store locations across Canada.

December 16, 2014

Crowdsourcing isn't just for Kickstarter -- even with a small and burgeoning stake in the home improvement market.

Hardware stores of All-Star caliber know how to survey their communities for feedback, play the social media channels and reflect their surroundings back at their customer bases through stylized exteriors.

November 13, 2014

Is it no longer enough for retailers to offer free shipping during the peak holiday season? New research from Kurt Salmon says retailers will look to cutting down on processing and shipping times to gain a competitive edge this year.

According to the survey of over 100 retail brands, companies will be processing and shipping orders by an average of almost two days less during the holidays. That brings the average time down from 8 days last year to 6.1 this year.

October 20, 2014

Deck season may be past its equinox where the homeowner is concerned, but pro dealers nationwide are already looking ahead to 2015. Next year is sure to see a continuation of the trend toward weather-resistant composite decking materials, as well as a bevy of surprising options shaped by evolving consumer preferences and regulations (such as those that restrict the use of VOC-emitting sealants and finishes).     

October 20, 2014

The building products distribution industry has avoided “disruption” more than most other industries, but will it stay that way?

September 25, 2014

Newell Rubbermaid announced plans to have a global e-commerce hub up and running in New York City by the end of the first quarter in 2015.

The new facility will help bolster Newell Rubbermaid's e-commerce business, leverage new technologies and bring in added online revenue.

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 10, 2014

Trex Company is making its debut in the world of e-commerce, but not in the way one would necessarily expect of the decking and railing manufacturer.

Trex is launching its high-performance Outdoor Lighting collection on Amazon.com, bypassing its own website to join other Trex-branded products that have populated Amazon's site via Trex licensees (such as Trex Outdoor Furniture, Trex RainEscape and Trex Pergola). However, this will be the first product line sold directly by Trex online.

September 3, 2014

A traditional channel versus an unstoppable force.

August 22, 2014

Sears Canada is opening up a new fulfillment center in Calgary, Alberta that will serve customers in Western Canada who use the Sears Direct channel.

The 240,000-sq.-ft. facility will feature advanced product and packaging systems to increase efficiency in packing and shipping small-ticket items available through Sears Canada's catalogues and ecommerce website. The addition of the facility is expected to save an average of 1 to 2 days in delivery time for most customers in Western Canada.

July 29, 2014

Online home furnishings company Wayfair has added e-commerce expert Romero Rodrigues to its board of directors.

Rodrigues, a 36-year-old Brazil native, is currently global CEO at South African company Naspers, which acquired his company Buscape in 2009 for $374 million.

“E-commerce is an exciting, fast growing market sector in the world's economy and Wayfair is poised to be a major player in that growth,” Rodrigues said. “I am delighted to join Wayfair's board of directors and look forward to contributing to the company's continued success.”

July 28, 2014

As part of its continued growth strategy, Williams-Sonoma made several organizational changes to its management team.

Chief marketing officer Pat Connolly has been elevated to chief strategy and business development officer. Connolly will work closely with senior management to refine the company’s long-term strategy, including the development of new businesses, and the evaluation and execution of acquisitions and alliances that can provide significant growth. 

June 19, 2014

Tampa, Florida-based VOLT Lighting, a direct-to-consumer e-commerce lighting manufacturer, is making moves on the West Coast via the opening of a new distribution center in Las Vegas.

The new facility, which is fully stocked and staffed, will make 1- to 3-day ground shipping possible for the company's West Coast customers.

June 10, 2014

Fernando Madeira will succeed Joel Anderson as president and CEO of Walmart.com to help the retailer further a growth strategy focused on winning at the integration of physical and digital. Anderson left to become president of fast-growing teen and pre-teen retailer Five Below. 

May 6, 2014

Las Vegas -- Keynote speaker Mark Herbek, of Cleveland Research Company, took the NRHA stage here at the National Hardware Show just moments after the grand-opening ceremony concluded. His message to the home improvement industry: Get on board with e-commerce. And the sooner, the better.

In a presentation titled "Preparing For and Participating in the Accelerating E-Commerce Shift -- What it Takes to Win," Herbek went over the facts and figures related to the economic downturn and spelled out the rapidly increasing opportunities presented by online shopping.

April 17, 2014

According to a new Wall Street Journal report, Home Depot is focusing its efforts these days on the expansion of its e-commerce business, which means no new store openings for the time being.