Digital Edition

November/December 2017


Special Reports

84 Lumber Special Report

84 Lumber is America’s $3 billion family business. Meet some of the heroes who make it happen.

From the Editor

America’s $3 billion family business

The lumber company from Eighty Four, Pa., has had a busy 2017 — from a rollicking Super Bowl experience and further expansion into newer territory to adding an IT professional to lead its technological transformation.


News + Analysis

Marketing 101: Change is good

Independent retailers are getting the message loud and clear: It’s time to adjust your message.

News Map: Openings, Closings & Acquisitions

Stores in various stages of coming and going.

Stanley Black & Decker enters drone security market

The world’s largest tool manufacturer has formed a strategic partnership with Sunflower Labs with plans to enter into the surveillance drone market.


Market Insights

ProDealer Industry Summit Wrap-Up

The 2017 ProDealer Industry Summit embraced strategic thinking and best practices. Get caught up on what went transpired — including the handing of the gavel and the Pro Dealer of the Year award ceremony.

Is your brand online-ready?

Optimize your e-commerce effectiveness with these three courses of action.

Big boxes for portable storage

Several newcomers have entered the portable storage market in recent years. Here’s a close look at the field.



Fastener solutions

In all categories, there’s sizzle and there’s steak. Fasteners are no different. Check out HBSDealer‘s annual roundup of fasteners.





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