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3M rolls out Home Collection of Post-its and Scotch products

BY HBSDealer Staff

3M Company has announced its latest entry into the organizational office products market. The Home Collection by Post-it Brand and Scotch Brand is now available at The Container Store.

The 15-product lineup includes design-minded solutions to help families organize their lives.

“Communication and organization keep busy households running, and the new Home Collection offers simple yet chic tools that help families do just that, at the same time showcasing their personal style,” said Jeff Hillins, global business director, Post-it Brand. “For the first time ever, Post-it Products and Scotch Products are being offered together through The Container Store, tapping into the highly trained experts and exceptional customer service of the nation’s leading retailer of storage and organization products.”

The Home Collection includes reminder tags, view-and-go pockets, shopping organizers, restickable strips and display frames.

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Bosch fine-tunes its job-site radio mix

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Bosch Power Tools is expanding its lineup of portable, job-site radios with the addition of the PB180 18-volt lithium-ion compact radio. 

The new radio is described as “Ideal for busy, noise-filled construction sites.” The PB180 offers users best-in-class sound, portability and durability regardless of working conditions. 

Weighing in at 2.8 pounds, the PB180 is lightweight and compact, boasting two full days of run time with a 4 amp-hour battery (sold separately). Its compatibility with the Bosch L-Boxx-2 Click & Go storage and organization system makes storage and transport of the radio quick and easy while its rugged, shock-absorbing roll cage enhances durability. 

The product carries a MSRP of $99.

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Mixed results from housing starts data

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The pace of the nation’s housing starts turned in a positive direction in July, although the figure landed well below the million mark reached in March.

Data from the U.S. Census Bureau released Friday morning shows housing starts at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 896,000. That’s up 5.9% from the upwardly revised estimate of 846,000 in June.

However, single-family starts — the bread and butter of independent LBM dealers — declined 2.2% to a rate of 591,000. That’s the lowest rate since September 2012, when the rate was also 591,000.

Compared with July 2012, single-family starts were up 15.4%.

Single-family starts showed regional month-to-month declines of 9.8% in the West and 4.6% in the South.

The total housing starts figure was somewhat disappointing, as various polls had expectations for a pace of 900,000 in July.

Building permits increased to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 943,000, up 2.7%. Compared with a year ago, permits are up 12.4%.

source: U.S. Census Bureau

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