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December 14, 2014

The former FBI agent and current CEO of Chicago-based True Value Company went undercover on the CBS TV show "Undercover Boss" broadcast Sunday night. 

After driving a forklift, working a cash register and helping customers on the floor, John Hartmann uncovered himself as president and CEO during a reveal that packed an emotional punch. 

[See 10 moments from the CBS episode here.]

December 11, 2014

Oak Brook, Illinois-based Ace Hardware reported November same-store sales were up 9.9% over November 2013.

In addition, same-store transactions improved by 4.9% year over year.

According to Ace President and CEO John Venhuizen, the gains came despite the decision of most Ace stores to remain closed on Thanksgiving. “November same-store sales were up 9.9 percent, and looking ahead, I’m confident that many of our loyal and local consumers will find equally compelling values for their last-minute Christmas shopping needs at their neighborhood Ace.”

December 10, 2014

Effective immediately, Do it Best has promoted Bob Harville to the post of regional sales and business development manager.

In his new role, Harville and his team of territory managers will counsel Do it Best members as well as actively seek to recruit new ones. Harville will lead a team of 10 territory managers across 12 states in the Southeast.

December 5, 2014

Hardware industry vendors descended on Fort Wayne, Indiana, Dec. 2 as Do it Best Corp.’s Open Buying Day kicked off at its headquarters.

The event enabled Do it Best merchandise managers to meet one-on-one with prospective vendors interested in doing business with Do it Best Corp. and its member-owners. The products presented as part of this year’s Open Buying Day covered all product categories, from tools to housewares.  

Prospective domestic and international vendors participated.

December 5, 2014

Fort Wayne, Indiana-based Do it Best Corp. has high praise for its vendors of the year. Here’s what the company says about its 22 Vendor of the Year honorees:

“They provide the best product offerings and pricing to keep our member-owners competitive, and they offer exceptional service so that members can meet their customers’ expectations.”

November 24, 2014

In a move described as a “preparation for strategic growth,” Portland, Maine-based Emery-Waterhouse announced the promotion of Megan Freise to Senior Brand Manager.  

In this new role, Freise will lead the development and execution of Emery’s brand messaging, emphasizing the renewed focus on retailer strategy and success.  

November 12, 2014

Describing its third-quarter performance as record-breaking, Oak Brook, Illinois-based Ace Hardware Corp. reported total revenues of $1.13 billion for the third quarter of 2014, an increase of 9.1%, from the third quarter of 2013.

Net income was $37.3 million for the third quarter of 2014, up 8.4%.

November 10, 2014

Oak Brook, Illinois-based Ace Hardware Corporation hired Steve Locanto as corporate controller. Reporting to Ace’s Chief Financial Officer Bill Guzik, Locanto will oversee a broad range of financial matters, including internal and external financial reporting, internal controls, operational accounting and systems. 

November 4, 2014

True Value Company reported sales gains during the third quarter of 2014, lifted partly by seasonal and paint departments.

Net revenue of $350.6 million were up 1.0% over the third quarter of 2013. The company's gross billings came in at $466.4 million, up 2.4%.

Net margin fell 35.3% to $12.1 million, a decrease True Value blames on the timing of the Fall Reunion.

October 20, 2014

Indianapolis -- Do it Best Corp. distributed more than a $100 million in member rebates during the co-op's annual shareholders meeting Sunday night. 

It was the 11th consecutive year of $100 million-plus rebates, and another chance for CEO Bob Taylor to present his state-of-the company report -- emphasis on members growing their business and overcoming challenges.

October 17, 2014

Indianapolis -- The Do it Best Fall Market is under way in Indianapolis, where dealers and vendors will be conducting business through Monday afternoon. 

Friday’s events included a day of education, as well as a Power Preview in Victory Field. Here at the home of the Indianapolis Indians, dealers get a taste of the latest in outdoor power equipment, plus a tasty samples from the grill exhibits.

October 16, 2014

As part of a broad strategic plan, True Value unveiled a new approach to merchandising and pricing during the Chicago-based co-op’s General Session in Denver.

One takeaway: expect fewer opening price points in the True Value assortments. “No one makes money on opening-price-point product,” said Ken Goodgame, True Value’s senior VP and chief merchandise officer.

October 13, 2014

Denver -- Though many of the usual suspects were on-hand at the 2014 True Value Fall Reunion, more than one of the show floor's sizzling merchandise developments took place among the grills.

Relatively new to the hardware scene is Traeger Grills, a line of sleek wood pellet grills that now feature a Digital Pro Controller with dual meat probes, a removable grill shelf and EZ-Fold legs for added portability.

The grills can also double as convection ovens, opening the door to all kinds of possibilities that include hickory-smoked chocolate chip cookies.

October 13, 2014

Washington, D.C.-based Logan Hardware, a member of the nine-store Ace Chain "A Few Cool Hardware Stores," has officially reopened the doors at its new location after months of construction.

Effective Oct. 9, the store was open to customers, though the store is still in the process of completing certain renovations.

October 12, 2014


Denver – True Value unveiled big plans for its advertising in 2015. In President and CEO John Hartmann's words, "the changes will be transformational, and I mean like we haven't advertised in over a decade."

Hartmann left it up to SVP & Chief Customer Officer Blake Fohl and SVP & Chief Merchandise Officer Ken Goodgame to deliver the news of an expanded national TV branding campaign. They described a national television program with ten times more spend in 2015. 

October 12, 2014

Denver -- The General Session at the 2014 True Value Fall Reunion in Denver opened with a few words of inspiration from chairman of the board Brent Burger.

"As you can see from the agenda card, we have a very full program this afternoon and I promise you that it will be one of most exciting General Sessions we have ever had," said Burger, the owner of five Campbell's True Value locations in Maine.

October 9, 2014

The exhibit floor of the 2014 True Value Fall Reunion, taking place this year in Denver, Colorado, officially opens on Friday, but some early activities are already under way.

Visitors filed into the Colorado Convention Center Thursday afternoon, where drinks and hors d'oeuvres were on-hand at the Farm & Ranch Reception.

The throngs then proceeded to the show floor to get a sneak peek of this year's farm & ranch section, where feed, pet products and lawn & garden products were prominent.

October 8, 2014

Lumber and building material buying cooperatives PAL and ENAP announced they have signed a non-binding Letter of Intent to merge. The companies enjoy strong dealer support in the Midwest and East markets, respectively.

September 24, 2014

BlueTarp Financial announced that Ace Hardware Corporation has selected BlueTarp as the preferred commercial credit program for its Ace stores. 

The move brings BlueTarp closer to the Ace organization, members of which can choose to participate. The program is rolling out on a limited bases currently, with broad availability targeted for the fourth quarter.

September 23, 2014

Do it Best is giving customers a nudge timed with the onset of football season -- and it comes with promotions and opportunities to win prizes.

The co-op sent out an email blast Monday promoting its grills, coolers, snacks, plates and utensils.

The newsletter also touted Do it Best's Black & Decker Fall Cleanup Giveaway, with prizes which total over $700 in Black & Decker products.

September 22, 2014

Orlando, Florida -- With Internet sales growing faster than other channels across the U.S. retail scene, Ace Hardware rolled out a new Web-embracing deal for dealers.

In essence, retailers that sign up for Ace’s In-Store Pick Up service receive 100% profit on Internet sales, up from 70%.

September 19, 2014

Ace Hardware is expanding its use of the services of eBay Enterprise to deliver omnichannel In-Store Pickup services to its customers, which is due to be implemented in a total of 1,000 stores nationwide.

September 17, 2014

Orlando, Florida -- Financing and technology were among the new-and-improved tools that Ace Hardware executives rolled out onto the stage of the Ace Hardware general session here Wednesday morning.

At the same session, the co-op rallied around the morning's slogan "Building Momentum," and executives had statistics to back it up.             

August 28, 2014

Ace Hardware Corporation has employed the wares of Digital Lumens in upgrading the lighting of its 1-million-sq.-ft. Retail Support Center in Rocklin, California.

The facility has been outfitted in Digital Lumens Intelligent LED Lighting since October 2013, saving Ace an average of 81% on lighting-related energy use, the company said.

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