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April 14, 2014

The Group Merchandising Conference slated for June 16-18 in Atlanta will bring manufacturers and PRO Group-affiliated distributors together for business, according to event organizers.

During the event, vendors will have the opportunity to demonstrate products to distributor buyers at the GMC in suites with private, prearranged meeting times.

PRO Group Director of Merchandising Brendan Sullivan described the event’s format as time-tested.

April 11, 2014

True Value Co. recognized Foster True Value Hardware as one of its 13 honorees for its “Best Hardware in Town” program.

The store operates in Mariposa, Calif., where it has a strong reputation as a community supporter with sponsorships and other philanthropic efforts.   

Troy Foster, Monica Evans and Melissa Swank accepted the award during a ceremony in Atlanta earlier this year. 

March 20, 2014

Concrete projects tend to conjure images of big guys in trucks. But executives at Quikrete are taking steps to make sure DIYers have plenty of project ideas for themselves.

And the work is paying off in places like Pinterest and Facebook, according to Frank Owens, VP marketing for the Atlanta-based concrete industry leader.

During a media tour of New York this week, Owens helped spread the word that there are plenty of projects in and around the house for Quikrete products.

March 19, 2014

Adam Schoelkopf of Bedford True Value Hardware in Bedford, N.Y., recently accepted a True Value Best Hardware Store in Town award on behalf of the store.

A total of 13 stores were recognized by the co-op during its Spring & Rental Reunion held in Atlanta. 

“These are talented business people who work incredibly hard to bring their communities the best service and shopping experiences possible,” said True Value president and CEO John Hartmann. 

March 7, 2014

After opening a store in Athens, Ga., in November, Kent, Ohio-based Carter Lumber today announced the opening of a new yard in the Atlanta area. 

The new location, a former Stock Building Supply unit, is in Oakwood, Ga. It is the company’s second location in the Atlanta area.

March 6, 2014

Carol Morgan, of mRELEVANCE in Atlanta, has been sworn in as the 2014 chair of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Professional Women in Building (PWB) Council during the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas. 

March 5, 2014

The opening of Home Depot’s first direct fulfillment center marks a major step forward for the company’s omnichannel efforts.

February 25, 2014

Atlanta -- True Value Co.'s Special Order App for mobile devices is putting more power into the hands of retailers, according to the co-op.

What began as a concept about 18 months ago, the True Value mobile ordering app is now in its sixth month of operation. It's in use at about 1,800 retailers making thousands of orders, said Rosalee Hermens, VP and chief information officer for True Value. 

February 25, 2014

Atlanta-based The Home Deport reported fourth-quarter total sales of $17.7 billion. That's down 3.0% from the same quarter last year, which benefited from an extra week in the calendar.

On a 13-week basis, the company's sales actually increased 3.9%. 

The world's largest home improvement retailer reported comp-store sales in the fourth quarter increased 4.4% company-wide and 4.9% in the United States. Net earnings were $1.01 billion, down slightly from $1.02 billion a year ago.

February 23, 2014

Atlanta – An information-packed general session here at the True Value Reunion included up-close interviews with a new slate of senior executives and an update on the co-op’s long-running strategic planning effort.

And there was also a little comedy on the stage, as actors impersonated shoppers experiencing BBTSD, or “big box traumatic stress disorder.”

February 23, 2014

Atlanta – Before the True Value Reunion here, Brent Burger spent some quality time with kids from an Atlanta area Boys & Girls Club. On Saturday afternoon, he announced a national partnership between True Value and the youth organization. 

February 11, 2014

 

The Home Depot opened its new direct fulfillment center (DFC) in Locust Grove, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta.

The facility is the first of three new DFCs the company will open across the U.S. over the next two years. The new distribution centers will increase the number of orders the company can ship the day they are received, increasing the speed of delivery for HomeDepot.com orders. The company also said they will enable faster order picking and shipping through new warehouse management and material handling systems.

January 30, 2014

Companies that make their open-and-closed policies clear for inclement-weather seasons -- such as snowy winters and falls full of hurricanes -- can keep employees informed, instead of in the dark.

“An employer does not have to have a policy and can simply tell employees that they must report to work when the business is open, regardless of what other businesses choose to do and are reported on the news,” Richele Taylor, an attorney in Fisher & Philips’ Columbia, S.C., office, told SHRM Online.

December 18, 2013

Oklahoma City-based Cedar Creek has announced its plans to build a new distribution center in Atlanta.

"This expansion into one of the nation's top housing markets underscores our ongoing commitment to growing Cedar Creek's geographic footprint," said CEO Bill Adams. "Although we are currently servicing Atlanta from Birmingham, Ala., our new location will assure that we provide the best possible service and localized product mix to our Atlanta-area customers."

December 13, 2013

The Home Depot's focus is moving from building new brick-and-mortar stores and toward building its online business in fiscal 2014. The move, among other things, will mean same-day shipping for its customers.

December 5, 2013

Atlanta-based Zep introduced Liquid Heat Drain Opener into the nearly $300 million U.S. drain care market.

Zep says Liquid Heat is formulated with twice the active ingredients of the company’s 10 Minute Hair Club Removal Gel.

It’s formulated to melt away soap scum, hair and other buildup while being safe for pipes and septic systems.

October 31, 2013

Amid numerous restructuring programs, Atlanta-based distributor BlueLinx Holdings posted a net loss of $3.2 million in the third quarter ended Sept. 28. In the same quarter last year, the company posted earnings of $3.1 million.

Revenues for the fiscal third quarter increased 12.3% to $558.0 million from $496.8 million for the same period a year ago. Overall unit volume increased 11.9% compared with the same period a year ago.

October 23, 2013

BehrPro offered up 155 gallons of paint, as well as a team of 25 local volunteers, during the 2013 Hands on Atlanta Day on Oct. 5.

As the official paint sponsor and active participant in the event -- which is dedicated to revitalizing various communities in Greater Atlanta -- BehrPro teamed up with more than 7,000 other participants to help transform approximately 65 locations.

October 7, 2013

Atlanta-based Home Depot announced its 2013 Innovation Award honorees, led by Cree for its LED light bulb. 

The annual innovation award recognizes “the most revolutionary new products that provide true benefits to consumers and the companies that exceeded expectations in sales, service and program execution,” the company said. 

Mohawk Soft Spring Carpet received first runner-up honors for Soft Spring Carpet, and Plantation Patterns Patio won second runner-up honors for its Create Your Own Collection patio furniture. 

September 12, 2013

Atlanta-based Newell Rubbermaid announced it has closed the sale of its Hardware business, which includes the Amerock, Ashland, Bulldog and Shur-Line brands, to Nova Capital, a specialist acquirer of corporate and private equity portfolios. 

The transaction was first announced Aug. 9.

September 11, 2013

Georgia-Pacific and U.S. Lumber have announced they are entering a distribution agreement for engineered wood products (EWP).     The agreement, effective Nov. 1, 2013, provides for U.S. Lumber to distribute Georgia-Pacific engineered lumber in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, the panhandle of Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee. Both companies are based in Atlanta.

August 16, 2013

This November, industry professionals will be gathering in Atlanta to convene over plastics growth and trends in the residential building market. The inaugural session of Plastics Building Innovations will feature nearly 20 speakers who will lead informational sessions regarding the emergence of plastics technology in the rebounding economy.

According to a company statement, the building and construction industry is already the second-largest end market for plastics consumption, and the presence of plastics is likely to increase in the near future.

July 31, 2013

BlueLinx is continuing to implement cost savings and profit-improving initiatives as it looks to expand its specialty products business.

The company reported seond-quarter revenues of $604.6 million, up 16.9% from $517.0 million in the same quarter last year. However, the Atlanta-based distributor's net loss widened to $22.3 million, compared with a net loss of $3.7 million in the same quarter last year.

July 30, 2013

On June 23, 2013, a man stole 18 semi-automatic handguns, worth approximately $14,000, out of a display case at Stewart's Ace Hardware in Roosevelt, Utah.

Incidents like this seem unusual, except when they aren't. Hardware stores are targeted as much for their resalable items as any other retail establishment, and such activity appears to be on the rise.

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