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Ace rewires with Digital Lumens LED Lighting

BY HBSDealer Staff

Ace Hardware Corporation has employed the wares of Digital Lumens in upgrading the lighting of its 1-million-sq.-ft. Retail Support Center in Rocklin, California.

The facility has been outfitted in Digital Lumens Intelligent LED Lighting since October 2013, saving Ace an average of 81% on lighting-related energy use, the company said.

“As a member-owned cooperative, every dollar we save using the Digital Lumens system directly benefits our member stores,” said Reid Barney, facilities & loss prevention manager for Ace Hardware. “And since lighting is our single biggest energy warehousing expense, reducing lighting-related energy usage by an average of 81% since installing the system translates into extraordinary bottom-line savings. With higher quality light, we’ve more than doubled the foot candle readings within our facility, resulting in enhanced productivity and employee satisfaction – all while saving massive amounts of energy.”

The process involed an eight-month research project led by Pacific Gas & Electric to quantify the potential benefits, followed by the replacement of all 1,653 light fixtures in the facility. This in turn had the effect of reducing Ace’s power usage per square foot by 39.56%.

The PG&E study found that systems with "aggressive advanced controls" (read: the Digital Lumens system as it compares to basic LED lighting) deliver 43% more energy savings.

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Schaefer lauded as top female CEO

BY HBSDealer Staff

Gina Schaefer, CEO of nine-store, D.C.-area Ace chain A Few Cool Hardware Stores, was recognized recently as a top female CEO during the SmartCEO Brava! Awards.

Schaefer was among 32 women (of 200 applicants) recognized by Washington SmartCEO Media during the July 30 ceremony.

Schaefer has been at the helm of the Ace chain since opening her first hardware store in 2003. Today, she sits on the Ace Hardware Corporate Board and is the board president for Think Local First D.C., a board vice chair for House of Ruth and a member of the Advisory Board for Jubilee Jobs.

The Brava! Awards celebrate the top women in business throughout the Washington metro area and are profiled in SmartCEO magazine.

This year’s winners generate moe than $254.6 million in annual revenue and collectively oversee over 1,111 employees.

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HDW targets Florida panhandle

BY Ken Clark

Hardware Distribution Warehouses, Inc. CEO and President Kenneth R. Beauvais said HDW will be expanding its wholesale services into the Florida panhandle beginning Sept. 1.

“In addition to our recent expansion into Northwest Texas, we have made the decision to extend our service area into the Florida panhandle,” Beauvais said. “This expansion will result in additional opportunities for our employee owned company.”

The announcement was made at the company’s 2014 Fall Market, which ended Aug. 10 in Shreveport, Louisiana.

HDW dealers, vendors and associates filled the Shreveport Convention Center for the three-day event. Beauvais stated that “preliminary sales results from the recent market show an increase of over 15% from the previous market."

“We continue to see growth opportunities as our dealers are reporting increases in their business throughout our mid-south region to date,” commented Beauvais.

Retailers in attendance took advantage of special purchases, educational seminars, new product information, advertising programs and over 300 vendors in attendance. Over $50,000 was awarded in prize money during the event. 

HDW also announced it will be holding its upcoming Spring Market in Jackson, Mississippi.  The event will be held January 23-25 at the Jackson Convention Complex.   

HDW is a member of Distribution America.

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