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Golden Hammer Vendor winners: Outdoor Living

BY HBSDealer Staff

The Golden Hammer vendor awards are designed to recognize the best of the home improvement industry. This year’s awards were selected based on a record-number of Internet-based ballots and produced 32 winners spread across four major categories. 

The Outdoor Living category is subdivided into eight categories. Here are those winners: 

• Barbeque – Weber Stephens
• Decorative Landscaping – Pavestone
• Garden Accessories – Design House
• Lawn & Garden Organics and Chemicals – Scotts
• Lawn and Garden Tools & Irrigation – Ames True Temper
• Outdoor Furniture – Palmetto Furniture
• Outdoor Power Equipment – STIHL
• Pools Supplies – ARCH

The Golden Hammer Awards ceremony took place during the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas May 11.

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Lawn and garden concept opens in Arizona, with a twist

BY HBSDealer Staff

Its nickname is "the Walmart of weed."

Described as the nation’s only hydroponics franchise that openly talks about medical marijuana, weGrow opened a 21,000-sq.-ft. store in Phoenix earlier this month. 

The growing chain does not actually sell any marijuana itself, just everything one would need to grow it, according to Dhar Mann, founder of weGrow. The concept already has two locations up and running in Oakland and Sacramento. A Washington, D.C., franchise and Tucson, Ariz., franchise are coming soon, according to the company’s website.

The store features a large selection of hydroponic supplies, and also offers a variety of services aimed at educating medical marijuana cultivators, including live grow demonstrations with real plants, an on-site doctor for medical cannabis evaluations, expert technicians to teach safe and responsible grow practices, and even an on-site laboratory to test cannabis before patient consumption.

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J.GROSKLAGS says:
Jun-16-2011 03:39 pm

It's about time we all start
It's about time we all start making money from this weed and respect the wishes of medical marijuana patients. Business revenue and tax revenue increases.

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Retail shrinkage continues to expand

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Shoplifting, employee theft and organized crime have combined to boost retail shrinkage to 1.58%, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). These preliminary results, compiled from a survey conducted by Dr. Richard Hollinger of the University of Florida, compare with a 1.44% shrinkage rate in 2009.

According to the survey, total retail losses cost retailers $37.1 billion last year, up from $33.5 billion in 2009. NRF’s recently released Organized Retail Crime survey found that 95% of retailers have been victims of organized retail crime over the last 12 months.

The preliminary results found that the majority of retail shrinkage last year was due to employee theft, at $16.2 billion, accounting for 43.7% of total losses. Retailers reported that 18.7% of cases involved collusion between internal and external bad actors. Retailers lost $12.1 billion to shoplifting, which is 32.6% of the total losses. Other losses included administrative error ($4.8 billion and 12.9% of shrinkage) and vendor fraud ($2 billion and 5.4% of shrinkage). Retailers said that the cause of the remaining shrinkage was unknown.

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