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Stolen copper wire fetches tidy sum

BY HBSDEALER Staff

A San Diego man is facing felony changes for purchasing copper wire at Home Depot and Lowe’s stores with counterfeit barcodes and then reselling it to recycling centers for a hefty profit, according to an article in the San Diego Union-Tribune

Steven Koski was arraigned in San Diego Superior Court on April 27 after Lowe’s alerted authorities that surveillance video allegedly showed Koski entering home-improvement stores in the county and replacing legitimate barcodes with fake barcodes. An investigation ensued, and prosecutors claim that the 42-year-old suspect purchased copper wire for $60 to $90 and then resold it at California recycling centers for $200 to $300. He was charged with 11 felony counts and bail was set at $250,000.

California is one of the top five states with the highest reported incidence of copper theft, according to the article. 

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Distributors tour each other’s DCs

BY Brae Canlen

An event organized by the PRO Group April 24 to 26 brought together 25 distributors from around the country to tour two warehouse facilities and share new developments in distribution operations.  

The tours took place at Reiss Wholesale Hardware Co., Inc. in Brooklyn, New York and R3 Redistribution – Metro South in Perth Amboy, N.J. Both distributors are affiliated with PRO Group, Inc.

Paul Reiss, who is president of Reiss Wholesale Hardware Co., led the group through his 66,000 sq. ft. distribution center, which features a narrow aisle system in order to maximize space. The warehouse uses Raymond Narrow Aisle equipment, which is made in the U.S.

Reiss noted that past D.C. workshops at other facilities convinced him to adopt a number of efficiency changes, including radio frequency technology and an upgrade to energy efficient T5 lighting, which operates on a motion sensor system. 

The April 26 tour was scheduled for the R3 warehouse in New Jersey, a 132,000 sq. ft. distribution center with more than 20 doors and 5,000 SKUs. "Everyone does something better than you do, so that’s always interesting to see,” said Reiss. “You can’t always implement new ideas right away, but seeing it in operation is a lot more beneficial for us than reading about it.”

In addition to the tours, the PRO Group’s Distribution Center Workshop gives attendees an opportunity to network during hosted dinners while learning about the latest developments in warehouse operations and sharing best practices. Roundtable discussions during the workshop  included topics such as quarterly operations benchmark reports, how to utilize cube and weight with the warehouse management system, incentive pay/programs for individuals in the warehouse, and other operations related processes.

Shari Kalbach, managing director for PRO Group, said the DC Workshop gives distributor personnel who do not often get out of their distributor centers a chance to interact with others in their industry. "Our distributors don’t always have the opportunity to see the changes others are making to improve operations" said Kalbach. “The Distribution Center Workshop offers a window into these other businesses, and an open invitation to discuss changes, challenges and personal victories.”

 

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Exterior lighting, by the numbers

BY HBSDealer Staff

Channel analysis
Sales of exterior lighting products jumped 21.3% in the 12 months from March 2011 to February 2012, compared with the same period in the previous year, according to the market size estimate from NPD Group’s Consumer Tracking Service. Consumers lit up their yards to the tune of $789 million during that time, with most of the spend occurring at warehouse home centers.

Product attributes
Solar lighting options, which allow the consumer to easily install low-maintenance lighting outside their homes, represent the largest share of the exterior lighting market. The numbers also show an emphasis on darker finishes.

Demographic analysis
Consumers aged 35 to 44 have shown steady increases in purchase incidence over the past three years, as have wealthy consumers in the $100K to $150K income range.

Purchase motivators
Price continues to be the most important consideration for both selecting a retailer to shop, and also selecting the product once the customer is inside the store. Store recommendations and warranty each jumped more than a percentage point as reasons for purchase.

Methodology: NPD data are based on monthly tracking of more than 30 home improvement-related categories and 30,000 opt-in consumers. 

*2012 data reflect the period March 2011 through February 2012.

**Key: WHC: warehouse home center; MM: mass merchant; DS: department store; SS:, specialty store; HS: hardware store

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