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Ace Hardware has selected the Planalytics Business Weather Intelligence platform to measure and manage weather-driven demand influences throughout the chain. According to Paul Sikes, director of inventory control for Ace, this should have a significant impact on business, as Ace can better plan for weather-related events.

True Value gave out its 2006 Supplier of the Year awards at the co-op’s annual merchandise partners meeting and awards dinner, recognizing Teknor Apex of Pawtucket, R.I., as Partner of the Year. Ten other companies—including Shop-Vac, Raco and Brinkmann—were also recognized for successful fill rates and the highest level of quality service and support to True Value stores. In a new category, RockSolid POS, a True Value preferred retail system solution provider, was named Internal Service Partner of the Year.

Do it Best has begun a new program with the logistics software firm Sterling Commerce. The program, called Sterling Supply Chain Visibility, aims to better manage the company’s in-bound supply chain with real-time information about suppliers and a greater ability to manipulate incoming supply information.


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