AHMA revamps Hardlines Technology Forum
The 2009 Hardlines Technology Forum, scheduled for April 19 to 22, 2009, will feature a revised format, new topics and special sessions with Do it Best, Lowe’s and the Army and Air Force Exchange Service. Sponsored by the American Hardware Manufacturers Association (AHMA), the Hardlines Technology Forum will be held in downtown Philadelphia, on the 33rd floor of the Loews Philadelphia Hotel.
Sessions will be divided into two levels: “basic understanding” and “deep dive.” Standard topics like data synch and EDI and data quality will be joined by new sessions such as “Scorecarding, Measurement, KPIs,” “Sarbanes-Oxley” and “Data Security for Filing Sharing — A Practical Gude.”
Executives from three retail/wholesale companies — Do it Best, Lowe’s and the Army and Air Force Exchange Service — will give insights in separate sessions on how to do business with their companies. Hannah Smalltree, editorial director of TechTarget.com’s Enterprise Applications Media Group, will moderate the annual Buyer’s Panel, where leading hardlines executives reveal their IT plans for the upcoming year.
Marblehead, Ohio, store joins PRO Hardware group
The Village Hardware Co. in Marblehead, Ohio, has joined the PRO Hardware buying group, according to the Beacon newspaper of Port Clinton, Ohio.
Open since 2000, the Village Hardware Co. has a wide selection of plumbing, heating, electrical and hardware/household items. The store also carries Martin Senour paints and offers screen and window repair, UPS shipping, fax and copy service and small appliance repair.
Now called Village “PRO” Hardware, the store is holding a “grand re-opening” sales event through the holiday season.
PRO Hardware has been in business for 50 years, providing tools, building, electrical and plumbing supplies. It’s part of PRO Group, an Englewood, Colo.-based group that has 400-plus manufacturer partners and does more than $3.2 billion in annual distributor sales.
Aubuchon closes another location
Aubuchon Hardware, the 127-store Northeast chain, has closed another location — this time in Barre, Mass., according to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette newspaper. The store had been in Barre for 68 years.
Michael D. Mattson, director of advertising and marketing for the Aubuchon chain, told the Worcester Telegram & Gazette that at 5,000 square feet, the store did not have enough space for Aubuchon’s usual mix of products. In the last four to five years, most Aubuchon stores have been expanded to between 8,000 and 10,000 square feet. In addition, the store changed managers too many times in recent years, he said.
Aubuchon closed its Au Sable Forks, N.Y., location Dec. 8, saying sales had declined in recent years. Meanwhile, the chain acquired two locations in New Hampshire recently.
Aubuchon Hardware stores are located in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut. The chain, started by William Aubuchon in 1908, celebrated its 100th anniversary this year.