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Home Improvement Retail: A Two-horse Race For Supremacy - Yahoo Finance

Of these, Home Depot (HD) and Lowes (LOW) are the largest, with market shares of 27.2% and 18.4%, respectively. There are a number of smaller playerssuch asMenards in the USand Rona (RON.TO) in Canada. But these lack the national presence and retail footprint of their larger counterparts. With suchhigh levels of market concentration, both HD and LOW have a lotof bargaining power with suppliers of goods, as youll learnin Part 3 of our series.
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Home Depot Profits from Sound Supply Chain Management - Yahoo Finance

Supply chain revamps HD is investing aggressively in new logistics capabilities and IT infrastructure. The company has invested considerably in technology to optimize product selectionin stores andcater to local preferences. At the same time, it has expanded its online array. In 2012, the company acquired BlackLocus toanalyze complex merchandising data and make the bestpricing decisions.
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