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  • Housing starts fade in February

    Housing starts in February fell 8.7% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.162 million units from the revised January estimate of 1.273 million units, the Commerce Department reported. The latest report is also 9.9% below the February 2018 rate of 1.323 million units. Single‐family starts fell 17% in February to a rate of 805,000 […]

  • Inside CNRG: retail growth powered by synergy

    Orlando, Fla. – In a hotel conference room here next door to the Orange County Convention Center, where Orgill was hosting its recent spring market, leaders of the 15 retail brands of the Central Network Retail Group assembled to take turns presenting to their colleagues from across the country their respective business highlights and forecasts. […]

  • House-Hasson expands with HDW assets

    Knoxville, Tenn.-based distributor House-Hasson Hardware is expanding, thanks to the acquisition of inventory and key salespeople from the now defunct Hardware Distribution Warehouses. According to House-Hasson, the new hires and the $2.5 million purchase of HDW inventory are generating a 100,000 square-foot expansion of House-Hasson’s Knoxville, Tenn., headquarters. The moves are also bringing House-Hasson new […]

  • Orgill recaps a Spring Market

    Orlando, Fla. –  Memphis, Tenn.-based Orgill CEO Ron Beal had this to say about the distributor’s 2019 Spring Dealer Market: “We’re excited to be back in Orlando, and thrilled to see so many of our customers at the show. We always look forward to any opportunity to help our customers make their businesses even more […]

  • Orgill offers eCommerce upgrade

    Memphis, Tenn.-based Orgill says its dealers who have yet to establish a strong eCommerce presence can now order up a quick and low-cost digital program. The hardlines distributor and Unilog, which provides eCommerce solutions and product data enrichment services, collaborated on a new Promotional eCommerce program, which enables Orgill dealers to establish an eCommerce presence […]

  • Distribution America deals with a loss

      With the demise of Hardware Distribution Warehouses, Inc., the co-operative of industry buying groups known collectively as “Distribution America” loses a key member, and drops from seven buying group members down to six. HDW is in the process of winding down operations. A statement on the HDW company’s website reads: “As most of you are aware HDW […]

  • HDW winds down operations

    Hardware Distribution Warehouses Inc., the Marshall, Texas-based distributor of hardware and building material products that services more than 2,000 retailers in the Mid-South, is closing down both of its distribution centers. The company’s Marshall distribution center is currently undergoing a liquidation sale. A liquidation of the company’s Greenwood, Miss., distribution center will follow. A statement […]

  • Carter Lumber teams with True Value

    True Value Company added 146-unit Carter Lumber to its list of customers. The two companies announced a partnership agreement early Monday morning. Based in Kent, Ohio, and with locations in the Midwest, Southeast and Northeast, Carter Lumber had sales of $1.365 billion in 2017, according to the latest HBSDealer Top 300 report. “We were delighted […]

  • House-Hasson tackles tariffs

    Higher tariffs were on the mind of House-Hasson Hardware executives, and their customers, during the latest dealer market. “Maintaining dealer profitability in the face of the potential tariff increases was a factor in our October dealer market buying programs,” said Don Hasson, House-Hasson Hardware president.  “Dealers took advantage of the market to buy items at […]