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In Denver, a makeover compliments of Ace

BY HBSDEALER Staff

While in Denver for its annual retailer convention, Ace Hardware surprised Ayla Charness, the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Colorado Champion, with a complete bedroom makeover. 

“At Ace, we believe in giving back to the communities we serve, and we’re honored to do that through our work with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals all across the country,” said Jimmy Alexander, president of the Ace Foundation. “We are proud of the work we’ve done here in Denver, and all across the country with the help of our valued retailers and vendors. We look forward to continuing our mission of giving for years to come.” 

In Denver, the project was led by Ace Hardware’s Home Expert, Lou Manfredini, with support from neighboring retailers — Ralston Ace Hardware and Ace Hardware at Westwoods.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Ace’s support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and in celebration of this milestone Ace is participating in the charity’s annual Champions program. This initiative selects one child from each state with an extraordinary medical history to serve as an ambassador for the 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country.

In Colorado, Charness was chosen as this year’s representative for the state. After a minor playground accident caused severe bruising at the age of three, Charness was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder called idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP). Since her diagnosis, she has faced the challenges of her disease with maturity, empathy and patience, and is a strong advocate for the kids in her community who are confronting the same challenges. 

“For 20 years, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and the children they support, have been a very special part of the Ace family,” Manfredini said. 

The project also received donations from American Furniture Warehouse, Essco Carpets and CertaPro painters of Arvada. Ace transformed Charness’ bedroom from floor to ceiling, featuring Ace’s new Clark+Kensington paint.

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m.scot says:
Apr-20-2012 02:15 pm

It looks lovely, I like the
It looks lovely, I like the paint and the furnishing, it all looks relaxing and welcoming! What kind of mattress did they used? I hope it was a temperpedic one, they really are the best out there and Ayla would have enjoyed it. I just got one for my bedroom and I am more than happy to use it every night!

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Do it Best tries in-store package-delivery centers

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Package delivery network Kinek, which operates locations inside about 1,000 grocers, hardware stores, pharmacies and other spots, announced Do it Best has signed up to participate.

Kinek provides convenience to the customer, who can arrange to pick up all kinds of package deliveries at one of its delivery centers, called KinekPoints.

According to the San Francisco-based company, Kinek is an e-tailer and courier agnostic, which allows customers to have packages shipped from any website, retail outlet or individual in the world to a KinekPoint of their choice. Kinek integrates with all retailer logistics services to ensure secure delivery to the recipient’s requested KinekPoint, where the package is held until it’s ready for pickup.

In addition to announcing Do it Best’s involvement, Kinek said Med-Fast and StorageMart locations have also joined the network.

"People are frustrated with how traditional delivery services either require you to take time off work to sign for a package or leave valuable parcels unattended on doorsteps or in apartment lobbies," said Kerry McLellan, CEO, Kinek, in a press release. "KinekPoints gives customers a more convenient and secure way to receive packages, while introducing them to local businesses they might have otherwise missed."

 

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ECi RockSolid certified for integration with Ace Rewards

BY HBSDealer Staff

Fort Worth, Texas-based eCommerce Industries has announced that Ace Hardware has given its final certification to ECi’s RockSolid POS business system software for integration with the Ace Rewards program. Ace Rewards is a retail incentive program that awards points based on dollars spent and provides members advanced notice of sales, members-only coupons and allows them to submit rebates online. 

“This is a huge win for ECi RockSolid,” said Scott Stanford, president of ECi’s LBMH Division. “We will now be able to offer our solution to more hardware stores associated with Ace Hardware. Being able to offer Ace Rewards to the consumer is very important to those dealers.” 

ECi RockSolid POS is built for the independent hardware dealer, a good fit for Ace Hardware’s retail cooperative model, which allows its dealers to remain independent. “It’s just a natural relationship,” Stanford said. “It extends ECi’s reach for more dealers by allowing those dealers to offer a valuable benefit to their customers. A rewards program is a great customer retention tool.”

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