Hardware Retailing

SEP 2017

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September 2017 | HARDWARE RETAILING 109 House-Hasson Market Brings in New Vendors, Younger Faces The House-Hasson Summer Dealer Market drew new vendors and younger retailers. TheRedT.com/house-hasson-market Lowe's Launches DIY Home Improvement Training Program Lowe's launched a program called The UpSkill Project that has employees train consumers on DIY project skills. TheRedT.com/lowes-diy CANADA Kent Recognized for Its Business Practices Kent Building Supplies has been named a Champion for Change by the not-for-profit Adventure Group in recognition of business practices supporting the advancement of Prince Edward Island women in the workplace. The honor comes at the conclusion of a three-year project partially funded by Status of Women Canada. Customer Product Testing to Enhance Online Reviews Canadian Tire commissioned a survey showing online ratings and reviews influence 80 percent of Canadian consumers' purchasing decisions. That same percentage is also looking for truthful product reviews written by real people. This research supports a big investment by Canadian Tire in its "Tested for Life in Canada" program, which uses a sample of customers across the country who try out new products at home and give feedback on them. Fastway Group to Purchase North American Lumber Mill Street & Co., a Toronto-based diversified investment company, entered into a purchase agreement to acquire the business operations of Winnipeg-based North American Lumber Ltd. Jim Caldwell Departs Lowe's Canada, Reno-Depot's Guy Beaumier Steps In Jim Caldwell, executive vice president of the Lowe's big-box business for Lowe's Canada, left the company. In his place, Lowe's Canada has appointed Guy Beaumier, executive vice president for the retailer's Reno-Depot and pro- contractor businesses, as interim head of the Lowe's brand. Caldwell helped convert certain RONA big boxes to the Lowe's Canada banner. For the full story of each of these briefs, visit hardlines.ca/hardwareretailing. For outstanding value and performance, dependable D-L products can't be beat. We don't stop here. Dutton-Lainson Company has sales and merchandising programs to increase profits – including competitive pricing, attractive margins, smart packaging and more. ©2010 D-L Brake Winches Contact us today for your FREE catalog! Fuel Tank Filers Ag-Industrial Jacks Fence Stretchers What's more dependable than ® products? Dependable Products for Over a Century DUTTON-LAINSON COMPANY SINCE 1886 Hastings, NE 68902 • Tel: 402-462-4141 • Fax: 402-460-4612 E-mail: dlsales@dutton-lainson.com • www. dutton-lainson.com ® ...Our commitment to helping you increase profits!

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