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Ace Hardware launches mobile app for Visa card

BY Ken Clark

Ace Hardware is now offering its customers a mobile application, developed by U.S. Bank for the iPhone, to use for an Ace Rewards Visa credit card. The new Ace Rewards Visa App, downloadable at the iTunes store, gives customers the opportunity to apply for and receive, upon approval, immediate credit to start their shopping at participating Ace stores.

Qualified new cardholders receive a secure, virtual credit card via their iPhone. When the cardholders are ready to make a purchase, they simply hand their iPhone with the virtual card displayed to an Ace sales associate at checkout.

With every purchase, Ace Rewards Visa cardholders earn Ace Rewards points, receiving up to 5% back at Ace, 2% back on gas and groceries and 1% back everywhere else Visa is accepted. In addition, cardholders can earn up to 10% back on quarterly categories. Once 12,500 points are earned, cardholders receive a $25 reward redeemable at participating Ace stores.

The new app also features a link to Ace’s website, acehardware.com, to view products or find the nearest Ace Hardware store. Customers can also view their account balances, most recent transactions and make account payments. 

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d.dantatpaltoo says:
May-19-2012 04:00 am

Your article is very exciting
Your article is very exciting and informational. I am trying to decide on a career move and this has helped me with one aspect. Thank you so much! Steve

S.Agrawal says:
May-14-2012 02:01 pm

Does this card come with real
Does this card come with real numbers , a valid cvv and expiry date? I mean can it be used to make purchases at other places online besides Ace sales stores? the tablet news

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Industry confidence surges, says AHMA index

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The American Hardware Manufacturers Association’s (AHMA’s) Home Improvement Industry Confidence Index’s Current Situation Index improved in March to an all-time high of 350 from 270.8 in February (March 2008 = 100), while the Future Expectations Index also increased to 298.3 from 229.3.

In comparing current sales levels to year-ago levels, 84% of respondents said sales were higher in March versus year-ago levels, up from 65% in February.  For March, 11% reported sales were even, and five% said sales were below year-ago levels.

Looking forward six months, 84% of March respondents said they expect sales to be above current levels, up from 68% in February.  In March, 16% of respondents said they expect sales to be even in six months and zero percent expect sales to be below current levels.

Looking forward one year, 89% of respondents project sales will be higher, up from 65% who felt that way in February.  Five percent of March respondents project sales will be even one year from now and five% project sales will be below current levels.

Timothy S. Farrell, President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Hardware Manufacturers Association (AHMA), said:  “With 84% of our members reporting sales levels higher than they were one year ago, we are obviously pleased with the positive momentum and have hopes that the trend continues.  Moving forward, however, we fully realize that continuing unsatisfactory employment levels and a still-struggling housing sector within the home improvement industry present major obstacles to steady, long-term growth.”

 

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r.radarfordone says:
May-04-2012 12:19 pm

I have been assigned to do a
I have been assigned to do a report for our school newspaper on this subject, and your post has been beneficial. Can you please add more reference to this topic, thanks. Hull Tiffany

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On Long Island, shamrock sales for charity

BY Ken Clark

Costello’s Ace raised $10,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s (MDA’s) Make a Muscle … Make a Difference program last month. 

The Deer Park, N.Y., operator of 19 neighborhood hardware stores on New York’s Long Island raised the funds by collecting donations that were recognized by shamrock decorations displayed throughout the store.

“We are proud to say we raised $10,000 for this great cause, with our North Massapequa location raising more than $1,400 alone,” said David Faulhaber, marketing coordinator for the company. 

In 2011, Costello’s Ace was selected by Home Channel News as the New York state representative for the national list of 50 Hardware All-Stars.

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A.Wonderland says:
May-04-2012 01:13 pm

It is always really nice to
It is always really nice to see that people are doing their best to help charities raise the money they need, no matter if they do work, donate money or, some of them, even donate a car to charity I guess, every little helps.

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