January 26, 2015

A violent and tragic incident rocked a Home Depot store in New York City. Plus, salaries in the news and a forecast for a boost in weather-related sales.

December 29, 2014

Editor picks include Home Depot’s efforts in the SEO field, and the death of Jesse Goodale, 97, a co-founder of Riverhead Building Supply. 

• At The Home Depot, a lot of thought is going into search engine optimization (SEO). And owning the letter “H” is a key. (source: CIO) Read more. 

December 18, 2014

It’s not every day that a CEO gives back his bonus. But that’s just what Rick Holley of Plum Creek Lumber did. Also around the web, HCN editors have found stories about store closings concerning a New Jersey independent and one of the biggest names in American retail.

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.

December 10, 2014

Home Channel News has gathered the following noteworthy articles from the wide world of hardware, retail and building materials.

• Some call it the Amazon of building supplies. But the company deals in much bigger packages as it seeks e-commerce superstartdom. (source: Forbes.) Read here.

December 8, 2014

Home Channel News has been scanning the wires and the wide world of hardware, retail and building materials for valuable videos. Recent noteworthy discoveries are collected here:

December 4, 2014

Home Channel News has gathered the following noteworthy articles from the wide world of hardware, retail and building materials.

• A man in Louisville, Kentucky, stands accused of threatening store employees with stolen hammers and hatchets. (Source: Wave 3 News.) Read here.

December 1, 2014

Home Channel News has gathered the following noteworthy articles from the wide world of hardware, retail and building materials.

• Kmart employees pushed back against working on Thanksgiving. Read here. (source: CNNMoney) 

November 25, 2014

Home Channel News has gathered the following noteworthy online articles from the wide world of hardware and building materials:

November 22, 2014

Home Channel News has gathered the following noteworthy online articles from the wide world of hardware and building materials: 

•  Three people were arrested and jailed in Sacrament for allegedly posing as contractors and bilking seniors of large sums of money. Read here. (source: The Sacramento Bee.)

November 13, 2014

Home Channel News has gathered the following noteworthy online articles from the wide world of hardware and building materials:

• The home improvement business is booming, as big-box stocks are up 20%. Read here. (source: CNN Money).

December 11, 2013

According to PetroChem Wire's PVC & Pipe Report, PVC is expected to rise by five cents per pound in the first two months of the new year.

Much of the increase can be attributed to the higher cost of ethylene, which is used in the manufacture of the plastic.

"PVC prices are usually under pressure during the fourth quarter as market seasonality kicks in and demand drops, but this year rising spot ethylene prices and strong export demand kept a floor under the market," said Donna Todd, senior editor for PVC & Pipe for PetroChem Wire.

October 4, 2013

Lebhar-Friedman's Residential Products Group announced the hiring of  Steph Koyfman as associate editor for HCN and HCN Daily.

Koyfman, who previously woked as copywriter and community manager for Lookboard, a B2B e-commerce startup, will cover home improvement with an emphasis on hardware store retailing. She also served as an international intern for Rolling Stone Magazine in Madrid, Spain.

"HCN has given me the opportunity to pursue "real" journalism, and I'm happy to be on the right career track with a great team of people," Koyfman said.

July 30, 2013

Pound for pound, it's one of the most valuable reads in home improvement. The Home Improvement Research Institute's (HIRI's) Reference Guide weighs in at 238 10-in.-by-7-in. pages.

The 2013 edition (with a cover price tag of $495, but free for HIRI members) is loaded with the foundation blocks of industry marketing plans — from percent of consumers who bought glue guns as a replacement of an existing product (52%, page 48) to the average price of landscaping and sodding a new house ($6,491, page 210.)

May 6, 2013

Americans are correct to question laws that are packaged in ways that seem too good to be true. For instance: "No Child Left Behind Act" or the "Affordable Care Act." My personal suggestion is: "Strengthening America through higher pay for Editorial Writers Act."

Who could be against those?

April 5, 2013

Ray Griffith, the recently retired CEO of Ace Hardware, will enter the Home Channel Hall of Fame during the National Hardware Show in May.

April 1, 2013

Springfield, Mass.-based Rocky's will accept the Retailer of the Year Award at the 2013 Golden Hammer ceremony in Las Vegas May 8.

January 9, 2013

William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard and a regular commentator on Fox News, will address the members of the National Lumber & Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) at its legislative conference on March 18-20, 2013. The annual spring conference will be held at the Crystal City Marriott in Arlington, Va. 

December 13, 2012

Residential Building Products and Technology is the title of the latest digital venture of Lebhar-Friedman’s Residential Products Group, which also includes HCN and homechannelnews.com. RBPT editor Nigel F. Maynard is no stranger to building products. Learn more at Residentialbuildingproducts.com.

How did you get into this business?

December 6, 2012

Veteran building industry journalist Nigel F. Maynard has been tapped to take charge of Residential Building Products and Technology, a new digital magazine of New York City-based Lebhar-Friedman's Residential Products Group.

The digital magazine will launch in mid-January.

June 1, 2012

Between the North and South halls, New Product World and Inventors Spotlight, attendees at the 2012 National Hardware Show were once again presented with the fruits of innovation derived from hours of toil in garage workshops and corporate labs. It’s always hard to pick just a few favorites; the only way to see them all is to wander the aisles, shake your head, and say, “Why didn’t somebody think of that before?”

May 11, 2012

The other day, an HCN editor received an email from Cambridge -- the one in England. A senior analyst and Ph.D. was asking for an example of an adhesive, paint or sealant product that has “transformed the market.”

Two thoughts came to mind.

April 30, 2012

Designed for hardware store owners and operators, Hardware Store Connect taps the latest technology to create a powerful and professional networking tool.

The online resource at HardwareStoreConnect.com officially launches April 30 and brings a professional, closed-loop networking tool to hardware store retailers. 

April 27, 2012

Here’s an actual email from Home Channel News freelance editor Ken Ryan, after he completed research and writing duties for our “Second Annual Hardware All-Stars: Fifty Stores in Fifty States” project:

“Thanks for the assignment. It was fun to do.”

Fun? That guy has a great attitude, because we didn’t make it easy on him — or any of the other editors working on the project.