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Industry Dashboard for March 14, 2011

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Gas prices rise again. As of March 11, the national average for a gallon of regular gasoline was $3.54, according to AAA. 

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Lowe’s welcomes online affiliates

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Mooresville, N.C. -based Lowe’s is aggressively courting online affiliates. The company announced an invitation to small businesses participating in online retailer affiliate programs.

“Lowe’s is committed to the communities where we do business,” said Gihad Jawhar, VP of Lowes.com. “We sincerely hope businesses will consider Lowe’s as a partner.”

Lowe’s program supports small businesses that refer online consumers to Lowe’s products for a fee. Affiliates interested in applying to work with Lowes.com should follow the directions posted here.

In a press release, Lowe’s said it also supports online retail tax fairness legislation and commends Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on signing e-fairness legislation into law with hopes it will be adopted throughout the country. Lowe’s believes a change in the law could help communities with an increased tax base and create a fair environment for all retailers, the company said.

In light of e-fairness legislation, some online-only retailers have indicated they will terminate their relationship with affiliates in states enacting the legislation, a move that could put thousands of small businesses at risk. Lowe’s says it currently collects and remits sales tax for all retail operations, including Lowes.com.

 

 

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At Bellavita Tile, new name and new capabilities

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Bellavita Tile by DM Connections, the Vancouver, Canada-based supplier, has officially executed a name change as part of a restructuring. 

In combination with opening a new manufacturing facility with advanced capabilities in porcelain floor and wall tiles to increase its product matrix, the company will now operate exclusively as Bellavita Tile, Inc.

"We’ve made a series of moves for 2011 that only enhances our ability to meet the demands of our many customers in the United States, as well as in Canada," said Mike Ward, national sales manager for Bellavita Tile, Inc. "Part of what we’re excited about is our new capabilites in through-body porcelain tiles for floors and walls that we now produce in contemporary sizes and styles for the modern designer.” 

 

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