Do it Best Driver Named 2023 Ryder Driver of the Year
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by Lindsey Thompson
2d ago
Anslum Hudlin of Waco, Texas, has been named Driver of the Year for the Ryder Dedicated Transportation Solutions business unit of Ryder System Inc. Hudlin drives for Do it Best through Ryder. Hudlin’s 43-year driving career is marked by nearly 3.8 million miles on the road, including almost 600,000 miles during his eight years with … The post Do it Best Driver Named 2023 Ryder Driver of the Year appeared first on Hardware Retailing ..read more
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Automotive Products to Keep Your Customers on the Road
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by Jacob Musselman
3d ago
Offering niche categories, like automotive products, allows your business to fill a need in your community. From automotive accessories, cleaning products and maintenance, the automotive category can be become a best-selling niche for your operation. Accessories The FrostGuard Windshield Cover from Urban Transit provides full protection from the snow and ice. It features elastic straps … The post Automotive Products to Keep Your Customers on the Road appeared first on Hardware Retailing ..read more
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Batteries Trending in the Outdoor Power Equipment Industry
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by Jacob Musselman
3d ago
While battery-powered outdoor power equipment is still not the majority, it is gaining traction, according to data from The Farnsworth Group. Stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, DIY home improvement projects, many of which involve outdoor power equipment, have risen in popularity, growing 12% year-over-year in 2023. From 2016 to 2020, there has been a steady … The post Batteries Trending in the Outdoor Power Equipment Industry appeared first on Hardware Retailing ..read more
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Sunshine Ace Hosts Block Party in Celebration of Ace Hardware Anniversary
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by Lindsey Thompson
3d ago
Joining in on the celebrations of Ace Hardware’s 100th anniversary, Sunshine Ace Hardware hosted a free, family-friendly Ace Celebrates 100 Block Party on June 29. The party was held at the operation’s location in Bonita Springs, Florida, and featured an Old Florida Roaring ’20s theme with antique cars, Prohibition-era barrels and Roaring ’20s props for … The post Sunshine Ace Hosts Block Party in Celebration of Ace Hardware Anniversary appeared first on Hardware Retailing ..read more
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Crest Hardware to Close After Over 6 Decades of Service in Williamsburg
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by Lindsey Thompson
3d ago
Crest Hardware & Urban Garden Center, a cherished family-owned business that has been a cornerstone of the Williamsburg community for over 60 years, announced that it will be closing its doors.  Since its establishment in 1962 by brothers Manny and Joe Franquinha, Crest Hardware has been more than a store; it has been a gathering … The post Crest Hardware to Close After Over 6 Decades of Service in Williamsburg appeared first on Hardware Retailing ..read more
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Koopman Lumber Partners With 4R to Improve Profitability
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by Lindsey Thompson
4d ago
Koopman Lumber Company has partnered with 4R Systems to help increase its LBM and hardware presence across its network and improve its overall revenue stream and profitability, says Dirk Koopman, CEO of Koopman Lumber. The Intelligent Inventory Optimization solution from 4R will be implemented across Koopman’s 13 locations, including 10 lumber and building materials stores, … The post Koopman Lumber Partners With 4R to Improve Profitability appeared first on Hardware Retailing ..read more
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Tapping Into Industry Data to Finance Growth
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by Lindsey Thompson
4d ago
The North American Hardware and Paint Association’s (NHPA) Cost of Doing Business Study has been aiding retailers in making operational and planning decisions for several decades, thanks to the robust data points included in the study. The study presents composite income statements and balance sheets plus averages for key financial performance ratios so owners and … The post Tapping Into Industry Data to Finance Growth appeared first on Hardware Retailing ..read more
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Generative AI: A New Tool for Your Toolbox 
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by Lindsey Thompson
4d ago
By Live Oak Bank  Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been part of our technological landscape, but its reach and accessibility have been limited until recently. Technological advancements and the emergence of new generative AI products like OpenAI’s ChatGPT have made this advanced technology accessible to individuals and small businesses. In this article, we delve into the … The post Generative AI: A New Tool for Your Toolbox  appeared first on Hardware Retailing ..read more
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AI: Watcher Total Protection
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by Lindsey Thompson
4d ago
Laura Freeman Co-Owner Watcher Total Protection Hardware Retailing (HR): What tools or services does Watcher Total Protection offer that include aspects of AI? Laura Freeman (LF): Our XL Plus NVR surveillance option includes facial recognition. We also have an add-on option that can work with any existing surveillance system that detects shoplifting in real time. … The post AI: Watcher Total Protection appeared first on Hardware Retailing ..read more
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AI: 4R Systems
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by Lindsey Thompson
4d ago
Mark Garland President and CEO 4R Systems Hardware Retailing (HR): Which of 4R’s services and tools include AI? How are these tools helping retailers be more efficient, save money and boost overall operations? Mark Garland (MG): 4R incorporates AI across its suite of services, particularly in its predictive analytics and replenishment optimization tools. These AI-powered … The post AI: 4R Systems appeared first on Hardware Retailing ..read more
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