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AHMA sales survey holds steady

BY Ken Clark

A survey of members of the American Hardware Manufacturers Association (AHMA) shows more than half are ahead of year-ago sales levels

The AHMA’s survey for April found that comparing current sales levels with year-ago levels, 56% of respondents said sales were higher in April versus year-ago levels.

The 56% figure is down slightly from March, when 58% said sales were higher than the year-ago period.

Also for April, 25% reported sales were even, and 19% said sales were below year-ago levels. 

AHMA CEO Tim Farrell pointed to the relatively weak home improvement retail sales, based on government data. “Sales of home improvement products through retail channels in the U.S. are up about 2.6% on an adjusted basis this year versus last year, according to data compiled by the Department of Commerce. Total retail sales for all kinds of businesses are up 3.7%. These figures illustrate why many of our members continue to struggle to attain the robust sales levels they have enjoyed in past years.” 

Looking forward one year, 56% of respondents project sales will be higher, down from 79% who felt that way in March. 

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Survey: LinkedIn remains most popular site for finding candidates

BY SHRM online staff

Organizations are increasingly using social networking sites to recruit job candidates, and many HR professionals use these sites to target passive candidates and those with a specific skill set, according to new research the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) released April 15, 2013.

LinkedIn remains the most popular site for recruiting and screening candidates, followed by Facebook and Twitter, respectively.

HR professionals most commonly target candidates at the nonmanagement salaried and director/manager-level (87% and 80% of respondents, respectively) when using these sites to recruit candidates. They also, to a lesser degree, use these sites to screen candidates at those job levels.

Among organizations that do not use social networking sites to recruit or screen candidates, about one-half of respondents said they don’t use these sites as a recruiting tool, and three-fourths said they don’t use them to screen candidates because of legal concerns or fear of discovering information about protected characteristics such as age.

In terms of screening candidates, 63% of respondents questioned the information’s relevancy to a candidate’s work-related potential. When it comes to recruiting, slightly more than a quarter of respondents (26%) questioned the veracity of candidate information found on social networking sites.

SHRM conducted the survey from Feb. 25 through March 8, 2013, with 651 of its members whose job encompasses recruiting and staffing. Most respondents (62%) were at organizations with 500 to 24,999 employees, and the highest percentage (39%) was at privately owned for-profit companies.

Among key findings:

• 80% of respondents use the sites to find passive job candidates. Other uses include posting information or participating in a discussion, looking for active candidates and creating web pages for their organization.

• 77% use social networking sites to recruit candidates, up from 56% in 2011.

• Publicly and privately owned for-profit organizations are more likely to use these sites than nonprofit and government organizations.

• 69% of respondents use these sites to target candidates with a specific skill set, closely followed by 67% that use them to increase employer brand and recognition.

• 57% do not have any kind of policy — formal or informal — on using social networking sites to screen candidates. Privately owned for-profit and government organizations are more likely than publicly owned for-profit organizations not to have such a policy.

• 72% (about the same percentage as in 2011) do not plan to implement a formal policy within the next 12 months on using social networking sites to screen job candidates.

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Golden Hammer to strike in Vegas

BY Ken Clark

The 29th Golden Hammer Awards event will strike May 8 in Las Vegas during the National Hardware Show.

The festivities will include a Hall of Fame induction, an award-winning retail panel discussion and recognition of excellence in 31 product categories of home improvement.

“We’re very proud to carry on the tradition of the Golden Hammer event,” said Ken Clark, HCN editor.

The Home Channel Hall of Fame will honor recently retired Ace Hardware CEO Ray Griffith. Griffith will also sit on a panel along with representatives from Retailer of the Year Rocky’s Ace Hardware, based in Springfield, Mass., and Tools of the Trade honoree Builders home center, of Kearney, Neb.

The Golden Hammer doors will open at 7:30 a.m. in room N253 of the Las Vegas Convention Center. 

 

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