June 10, 2024

  • Proprietary data informs Hardlines’ research on industry size, customer types
  • Kent rolls out appliance sales at six more stores in Atlantic Canada
  • Canac’s growth continues with store opening east of Montreal
  • Retailers must juggle organized crime threats and customer loyalty
  • PLUS: Ace Hardware enjoys increased traffic, grocery key to Walmart Canada’s growth strategy, local politician stops theft at Toronto Home Depot, interest rate drops, MASTERGRAIN announces acquisition of Fibercraft Door, AQMAT’s Richard Darveau issues open letter to federal labour minister, CertainTeed and TimberHP announce distribution deal, and more!

June 3, 2024

  • RONA’s latest store conversions mean disappearance of Réno-Dépôt banner
  • Home Hardware announces reduction in workforce
  • With Target’s help, Hudson’s Bay shifts downmarket in challenging economy
  • Walmart is making drones work for home deliveries in test markets in the U.S.
  • PLUS: Canac’s newest store, Canadian Tire dealers’ new location in Gananoque, the RONA Foundation invites applications, Erik Lundgren is the new territory manager for floor care firm Bona in western Canada, Instacart now offers same-day deliveries for Home Depot, Metro to discontinue Air Miles in Ontario, Home Depot names EVP of customer experience, Amazon opens robotics fulfilment centre, retail sales decrease, and more!

May 27, 2024

  • Outstanding Retailer Awards show your team matters. But entry deadline looms!
  • Lowe’s struggles in first quarter to pull out of the industry’s post-Covid slump
  • GMS strengthens Canadian presence with acquisition of Yvon Building Supply
  • Canada’s inflation rate continues to slow, this time to a three-year low
  • PLUS: Home Hardware’s chief retail operations officer has left, Castle introduces trade scholarships, IKEA Canada establishes customer financing, Manitoba Home Hardware store gets new owners, Wolseley Canada holds grand opening of new DC, Garaga acquires Novatech, building construction up, and more!

May 20, 2024

  • Canadian Tire’s private labels, seasonal wares remained strong in a soft Q1
  • Home Depot Q1 results lag as Canada poised to catch up with U.S. parent’s pro sales
  • New RONA stores indicate continued commitment to independent dealers
  • Amazon to contest vote by Quebec workers to unionize their warehouse
  • PLUS: RONA sets dates for Connexia dealer event, Walmart increases range of drone deliveries, Wayfair to open first bricks-and-mortar store, Doman Building Materials’ Q1 revenues fall, ABSDA workshop on mental health education, Koelnmesse partnership to develop trade exhibitions in the Middle East, Lafarge Canada and Geocycle Canada complete recycling pilot, existing home sales fall, building permits decrease, and more!

May 13, 2024

  • Home Hardware CEO Kevin Macnab announces intention to retire
  • Where Quebecers put their trust: Canac leads on price, Home Depot scores on service
  • McMunn & Yates opens three more stores in Manitoba, all in one weekend
  • Canadian Tire’s newest promotion reflects growing value of loyalty programs
  • PLUS: Canadian Tire results still softer in Q1, Amazon’s sales up 13 percent in Q1, Canadian Tire and Canac align with Les Produits du Québec, Haney’s Yakovyshenko named BSIABC chair, AD reports first-quarter member sales, Pont-Masson makes hockey buzz with fun ad, Grainger’s sales, Ace Hardware debuts line of barbecue sauces, Tractor Supply reports Q1 net sales, Taiga reports Q1 sales, Canfor to acquire El Dorado lumber plant, and more!
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