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Towers of CLT timber have green implications

BY HBSDealer Staff

An article in the New York Times explains the virtues of cross-laminated timber, or CLT, in building applications — including a nine-story tower.

One of several varieties of the larger category of engineered wood, CLT is used in one of the world’s tallest wood residential buildings, a nine-story building in London. In the United States, the idea has yet to take off.

The article quotes Pete McCrone of Whitefish, Mont.-based Innovative Timber Systems: “This is the way we ought to be building.”

CLT buildings offer a lower carbon footprint compared with steel or brick, according to its promoters.

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No clear winner in grills, patio furniture sales

BY Ken Clark

A market share analysis of outdoor living products by The Stevenson Co. shows that consumers pick and choose their retailers when it comes to outdoor power equipment, grills, mulch, and other lawn and garden merchandise.

The TraQline Quarterly report, the results of a survey that measures brand shares, retailer shares and consumer behavior trends, indicates that Walmart, Lowe’s and The Home Depot all vie for the top spot selling charcoal grills. While Walmart is the share leader for charcoal grill purchases at 23%, Lowe’s and The Home Depot follow closely behind at 20% and 19%, respectively. 

Other highlights from the report include:

• Compared with other retailers, more consumers choose to buy lawn and garden items from The Home Depot and Lowe’s.

• Consumers rely on Sears over any other retailer for purchasing lawn mowers, but Lowe’s, having eclipsed The Home Depot, is catching up.

• The Home Depot is the clear leader for bag mulch purchases, selling more than one-third of all mulch to U.S. consumers.

• Consumers showed no strong preference for patio furniture shopping, with "other outlets" combined leading the pack ahead of individual, larger retailers and big-box stores. 

"For many categories, Lowe’s, The Home Depot and Walmart compete with each other for the lawn and garden customer," said Eric Voyer, VP of The Stevenson Co. "From a trend perspective, we’re seeing an increase in the big-box home improvement stores’ ability to attract customers. To increase market share and remain viable, retailers and manufacturers must continually look at the factors that drive consumers’ purchasing habits and address these preferences in a meaningful way. Promotional activities and assortments play a huge role in winning the battle for the consumers."

Based in Louisville, Ky., The Stevenson Co. produces market intelligence for retailers and manufacturers selling in North America.

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Channellock announces promotion

BY Ken Clark

Pliers and hand-tool manufacturer Channellock has promoted Erin Bahurinsky to online account representative/data coordinator.

In her new position, Bahurinsky will be responsible for maintaining and enhancing all aspects of internal and external data as they relate to the sales, marketing and customer service departments. Bahurinsky will develop and maintain online distributors as an account representative and refine online social media sites.

“Erin is an integral part of the sales and marketing team,” said Mark Yoder, national sales manager. “We are excited to put her skills to work in new capacities. This is an opportunity for Channellock to bring all aspects of content and Web under one position.”

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