What We Do

Every industry, every business, relies on information about its customers, competitors and marketplace to be better and grow. Hardlines provides news and intelligence on the retail home improvement industry to make that industry, and players in it, more successful.

As a specialized information company, we are dedicated to helping home improvement managers and executives with news, research, conferences and connections. Our annual Conference and ongoing events provide important forums for vendors and buyers to network. We have been providing market intelligence, defining trends and generating analysis for retail home improvement executives for more than 20 years.

We Bring You Industry News & Intel

News Aggregator: By subscribing to our weekly e-newsletter and free Daily News updates, you will stay on top of the latest news and trends in hardware and home improvement retailing, as well as the larger retail market worldwide.


Meet the Buyers Breakfast: Get face-to-face with the leading retail buyers in hardlines and building materials in this exclusive Hardlines event!

Event Planning: Need a speaker for your sales team? Want to educate your managers or dealers on the latest competitive issues in the home improvement marketplace in Canada and globally? Hardlines’ team of experts is available to help your team be more successful!

The Hardlines Conference: As the only truly national event for the industry, the annual Hardlines Conference is simply the best way to network face-to-face with the leading retailers and suppliers in North America. Speakers from around the world present the latest in trends and intelligence about retail, the economy, and current issues such as omni-media and industry consolidation.


We offer Reports & Publications

HARDLINES publications combine our knowledge of the hardware and home improvement industry with comprehensive research and the latest news updates.

4q2013coverHardlines connects you to the news and trends with our Daily News Updates, Weekly e-Newsletter (subscribers only), our Hardlines Quarterly Report, and with our Annual Retail Report, Who’s Who Directory of Buyers and the Market Share Report. We also produce Canada’s most respected trade magazine for the industry, Hardlines Home Improvement Quarterly. This print publication is mailed to  10,300 hardware and home improvement dealers in Canada.

The HARDLINES family of publications provides the tools to help retailers and vendors alike develop their sales and marketing plans to succeed in the Canadian hardware and home improvement industry.


Services for Independents with NRHA Canada

Hardlines represents the North American Retail Hardware Association for Canada,  an organization that provides services to more than 1,500 independent dealers across the country. Those services include online product knowledge training, hiring resources, business management practices, loss prevention education and awards programs for independents.


Conference and Networking Events

The 24th Annual Hardlines Conference will feature an incredibly rich and informative two days of seminars and presentations by top retail executives, economic experts and thought leaders. The key to the event is ideas—ideas that will challenge you and inspire you to take your business to the next level. Learn about the latest competitive strategies and trends among the top retailers in this industry and beyond. And gain insights into the economic conditions that affect your business and your customers.

The Hardlines Conference is also an important way to affirm your professional connections. With annual attendance by retailers like Home Depot, Lowe’s, Home Hardware, Peavey Mart, Castle, BMR, Canadian Tire and TIMBER MART, the Conference is an incredible opportunity for you to network and connect with colleagues, customers and competitors alike.