Ken Clark
Editor in chief

Home Channel News editor in chief Ken Clark is an eleven-year veteran of Lebhar-Friedman Inc. and was executive editor of Chain Store Age magazine before being promoted to his new position in June 2006.

 

A graduate of Indiana University, Ken’s 19-years of journalism experience includes nearly a decade of covering the retail industry. He began his career as a news reporter in the Caribbean for the BVI Beacon, and later joined the staff of the St. Croix Avis, in the U.S. Virgin Islands. More recently, his work in the retail field has been recognized by Lebhar-Friedman’s Blue Chip Award for Distinguished Journalism.

 

His editorial column on the business of the home channel appears each month in Home Channel News.

 

Ken lives in Metuchen, N.J., with his wife and two children.

Articles by this author:

  • Wed, 06/25/2014 - 12:45

    Mooresville, North Carolina-based Lowe’s CFO Bob Hull added color to the company’s effort to maximize its multichannel efficiencies and move away from a build-stores-and-they-will-come approach to growth.   

    [Read about Lowe's first quarter earnings here.]

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  • Fri, 05/09/2014 - 10:30

    Las Vegas -- Simpson Strong-Tie is reaching out to the DIY customer with easy-to-assemble work bench kits and also ideas to empower the typical homeowner. 

    Here at the National Hardware Show, the Pleasanton, California-based fastener giant was displaying its DIY Done Right boxed kit work bench, as well as DIY-focused brochures and marketing materials to help connect retailers with consumers.

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  • Fri, 05/09/2014 - 10:26

    Las Vegas -- These are exciting times for retail technologists, and the IT guys are in demand. The flip side of that coin shows that change is coming, and somebody is going to have to manage it.

    During the Presidents Council lunch here during the National Hardware Show, Robert Howard, a partner at consulting firm Kurt Salmon, delivered a presentation on managing innovation, and kicked it off with the caution: "It's kind of fuzzy."

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  • Thu, 05/08/2014 - 17:04

    Las Vegas -- Do it Best CEO Bob Taylor offered a dose of industry optimism during the Presidents Council lunch event here during the National Hardware Show. 

    Taylor, who reminisced briefly about his childhood trips to the National Hardware Show with his father, said it was encouraging to see "renewed growth" at the show. 

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  • Thu, 05/08/2014 - 10:32

    New York City-based General Tools & Instruments is beginning a new chapter in its colorful (black and yellow) history.

    The company was acquired by New York City-based investment firm Highroad Capital Partners in February. Terms of the deal were not released. But in an interview with HCN at the National Hardware Show, principals from Highroad Capital said they liked what they saw in the tool company, and vice versa. 

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  • Wed, 05/07/2014 - 11:40

    Las Vegas -- The independent retailer and the family business were celebrated last night at the 30th Golden Hammer Awards ceremony.

    Poolside at the LVH-Las Vegas Casino, hundreds of retailers and vendors mingled, the band (Voodoo Cowboys) played, and three industry leaders expressed gratitude and humility upon receiving Golden Hammers.

    (View slide show here.)

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  • Tue, 05/06/2014 - 11:26

    Las Vegas -- The 2014 National Hardware Show is running on themes. 

    The May 6-8 event at the Las Vegas Convention Center has identified daily themes to highlight the biggest industry trends -- today’s theme: “The World of Home Improvement,” which will celebrate international exhibitors. The theme for Wednesday is “Made in USA.” Thursday’s theme is “Innovation Day.”

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  • Thu, 05/01/2014 - 12:14

    At trade shows, at industry events or even over the phone, I like to promise retailers two things.

    1) Our news products are guaranteed accurate or your money back; and

    2) Someday I’m going to visit your store and buy something.

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  • Thu, 04/10/2014 - 13:10

    Orlando, Fla. -- James Gillula said he expects the United States unemployment rate to fall below 6.5% by mid-year. He cautioned that a slowdown in China could impact the U.S. economy. And he expects the home improvement industry to recoup pretty much all of its weather-related losses from the hash winter.

    Those were some of the macroeconomic ideas supplied by Gillula during the 2014 Home Improvement Research Institute Spring Conference held here April 10. 

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  • Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:06

    Orlando, Fla. -- Here at the 2014 Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) Spring Conference, Sarah Catlett, VP of The Futures Company, took a high-level, continental look at consumer marketing.

    Catlett kicked off the HIRI conference with a quick look at Target's disappointing venture into Canada. The Minnesota-based retailer's efforts to change the way Canadians shop has fallen short, she said, partly because the company missed consumer and cultural cues. 

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Blogs by this author:

  • On Thursday afternoon, it was announced to the entire company of Lebhar-Friedman, publishers of Home Channel News, that one of our colleagues had died suddenly and unexpectedly.

    Dave Stewart was 51 years old. He was a salesman for HCN’s sister publication Chain Store Age. It is impossible to adequately celebrate any life with an appropriate degree of eloquence and reverence. But it can be helpful for the writer. So here it goes. 

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