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Target Supports Employee Health, Gifts Fitbit Trackers

Several large corporations have invested in Fitbit devices to motivate their employees to improve their health, and Target has joined the club. Target is offering activity trackers from Fitbit Inc. to its 335,000 U.S. employees. This move is an attempt to improve workers’ fitness levels …

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Photo Gallery: A Look Back at the 2015 National Hardware Show®

The home improvement industry’s biggest gathering offered three days packed with education, entertainment, networking and ceremonies celebrating outstanding retailers, products and companies. The National Hardware Show® hosted its 70th show May 5-7 in Las Vegas, and introduced some changes, such as …

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Building Material Company Grows With Acquisition

Building Material Holding Company is buying the assets and operations of VNS Corporation, one of the largest building material and service providers in the southeast. BMC, which is headquartered in Atlanta, is a leading provider of building materials and construction …

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Amazon Sells Home Improvement Services

Amazon doesn’t just sell products anymore. The online marketplace has branched out and now sells services, including electrical and plumbing work, home repairs and gutter cleaning. “Amazon Home Services features handpicked pros offering upfront pricing on pre-packaged services with helpful reviews from customers that …

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Lumber Liquidators Hit With Class-Action Lawsuits

Lumber Liquidators is facing a blitz of lawsuits related to accusations that some of the company’s laminated flooring contains unsafe quantities of formaldehyde. CBS reported March 1 that the flooring company sold laminate flooring with higher levels of formaldehyde than permitted by California’s …

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Home Depot: Transforming a World Leader

The Home Depot, the world’s largest home center chain, ended 2014 with sales of more than $83 billion — growth that reflects changes to the company’s business strategies. For example, the 2014 comp-store sales increase of 5.3 percent shows the results of Home Depot’s rededication …

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Fiskars Sends Tools On Tour

Fiskars, a global supplier of home and garden tools, has begun a marketing tour of the U.S. to allow consumers to try its products. The company, which is headquartered in Finland, partnered with an experiential and event marketing business to launch …

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Many Retailers Don’t Take Advantage Of Formal Training

Dedicating time to formal employee training develops sales associates who are knowledgeable, sell products well and deliver excellent customer service. Yet fewer than half of independent home improvement retailers who participated in North American Retail Hardware Association’s 2014 Employee Compensation Report provide formal employee …

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