News

October 2017

BY HBSDEALER Staff

 

Special Reports

Pro Dealer of the Year awards

The 2017 HBSDealer Pro Dealers of the Year share a commitment to best practices and customer service. Congrats to Kuiken Brothers Company of Fair Lawn, N.J., and Millard Lumber of Omaha, Neb.

Do it Best Report

A co-op promotes its strengths, programs and performance during a natural disaster.

 


From the Editor

Here’s how they do it: Lessons from the honorees

No matter how different each year’s Pro Dealer of the Year recipients appear on the surface, they all share the same commitment to customers and employees that leads to success.

 


News + Analysis

In Boston, a progress report

Orgill dealers spoke to a roving reporter during the distributor’s annual Fall Market in Boston about remodeling and expansion efforts.

Flooring industry reacts to its installation crisis

The Floor Covering Leadership Council discussed a plan of action, including funding a research project, to combat the industry’s problem of an aging workforce at its annual fall meeting.

Product Knowledge

The product: The Hults Bruk Akka Forester’s Axe.
The knowledge: Hand-forged Swedish steel, American hickory handle and more than 300 years of history in its blade.

News Map: Hurricane recovery edition

Dealers and distributors in the southern states felt the wrath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, from Port Aransas, Texas, to Gatlinburg, Tenn.

Meek’s two divisions join hands

Two distinct geographic divisions unify under Charlie Meek, the newly appointed CEO of the Springfield, Mo.-based company, which has had a West Coast presence since the 1940s.

Eye on Retail: Stores that made the cut

The Retail Design Institue honored Pirch, Best Buy Tech Home and Interceramic Tile & Stone Gallery in its annual store design competition.

 


Market Insights

Houzz stat: Project and backlogs

Peruse figures examining project backlogs in 20 metro areas around the country, as well as which area of the home has experienced an increase in projects, and in turn project backlogs.

NLBMDA News: Association OKs overtime decision

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association applauds a court’s decision to strike down a rule that would have expanded overtime eligibility.

Hey, what’s the rush?

In the face of increased consumer expectations, a Boston Retail Partners survey concluded a majority of retailers will offer same-day delivery within two years.

An eye on rental dynamics

Renting a single-family home isn’t as easy as it used to be. The combination of extreme demand and a lack of supply has made renting more expensive for some, and out of reach for others.

 


Products

Turn on the Power

Check out HBSDealer‘s annual roundup of power tools, from the Skilsaw 13-amp reciprocating saw to the Black + Decker GoPack system.

The deck is open for business

Backyard enthusiasts rejoice, retailers are providing more opportunities to deck out your outdoor space.

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