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Adjusting operations in a world of change

Adjusting operations in a world of change CEO of Germany-based Praktiker speaks about the future globalization of his company In March, Germany’s second-largest home improvement retailer, Praktiker, named Herbert Kramer its CEO and charged him with injecting new vigor and direction at a time of slowing sales, shrinking pre-tax profits and challenging market conditions. Kramer, […]

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Connecticut paint dealer makes acquisition – Brief Article

Connecticut paint dealer makes acquisition – Brief Article – Statistical Data Included Brandman’s Paint, a 14-unit specialty chain based in Norwalk, Conn., acquired single-unit State Paint in Waterbury, Conn. State Paint’s owner Phil Kampner decided to sell the store after his mother, who founded the store in 1924, died in December. Like State Paint, Brandman’s […]

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Home centers boost flooring market

Home centers boost flooring market Sarah Demaster Surfaces show reveals acceleration of new product development LAS VEGAS — At least partly due to expansion in the home improvement channel, flooring and floor covering manufacturers at this year’s Surfaces show were excited about their business outlook for 1999, and expect to roll out a record number […]

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Global trends suggest large retailers will dominate

Global trends suggest large retailers will dominate CHICAGO — Retail executives from four of the world’s emerging home improvement markets made presentations at the international seminar program sponsored by the American Hardware Manufacturers Association. Ken Schept, director of Lebhar-Friedman’s International Group; and Wyatt Kash, publisher of National Home Center News, set the stage with an […]

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The great hamburgler coupon caper: Why TruServ’s light-bulb program with McDonald’s never turned on

The great hamburgler coupon caper: Why TruServ’s light-bulb program with McDonald’s never turned on – Brief Article Andrew M. Carlo CHICAGO — It seemed like a novel idea: TruServ and McDonald’s would partner in an effort to reduce the number of discarded fast-food bags littering the sides of interstates, city streets and country roads while […]

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Licensing deals may wake up wallpaper market

Licensing deals may wake up wallpaper market Watch for a greater emphasis on licensing as the largest supplier in the residential wallcoverings market attempts to revitalize this flagging category by capitalizing on consumers’ comfort and trust in recognizable names and styles. Imperial Home Decor Group (IHDC) recently signed new licensing agreements, aligning itself with such […]

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Annual analysis points to the end of an era

Annual analysis points to the end of an era – Brief Article Scott Larson Despite continued overall growth, 2000 proved a difficult year for home improvement retailers, as even a cursory glance at this year’s National Home Center News Top 500 can attest. Those casting about for the reasons why will find plenty of easy […]

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Blue Rhino Portable Heaters

Blue Rhino Portable Heaters Blue Rhino of Winston-Salem, N.C., has introduced a line of Endless Summer portable outdoor heaters. The infrared units fueled by propane grill cylinders provide an 18-foot to 20-foot circle of warm radiant heat capable of raising surface temperatures 10 to 30 degrees. The heaters also feature a high efficiency engine with […]

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Maine dealer braces for warehouse incursion

Maine dealer braces for warehouse incursion BELGRADE, MAINE — Hammond Lumber, the six-unit retailer based here, extended its operating hours, changed its pricing strategy, upgraded its stores and unveiled a new showroom. The family owned company is banking on these changes to cushion the blow from the opening of two Home Depots within its markets […]

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Appliance market in turbulent cycle

Appliance market in turbulent cycle Elizabeth Consavage Circuit City bows out, Lowe’s moves to No.2 appliance retailer; e-commerce poised to make a dent Circuit City’s departure from the major appliance market has left three of America’s largest retailers chasing after Sears, the leader of the pack. Lowe’s, Home Depot and Wal-Mart have emerged as the […]