Looking to Optimize Retail Store Space Productivity

    Eden Prairie, June 13, 2007 — Northern Tool + Equipment, a 61-store multi-channel retailer headquartered in Burnsville, Minn., has entered into an agreement with for consulting services to assist in its ongoing efforts to optimize its retail store space productivity.

    Led by Flora Delaney,  the retailer is looking to deliver new capabilities in merchandising, planogramming and store layout.

    “We believe Northern’s stores, employees and especially its customers will benefit from the new speed and efficiencies we will create in bringing new products to the stores,” said Senior Vice President of Merchandising and Retail, Mark Kauffman.

    “What makes this a particularly satisfying engagement for us is that Northern Tool + Equipment is a Minnesota-based retailer sitting at the threshold of an exciting growth phase in its unique market niche,” said Flora Delaney.

    Northern Tool + Equipment has supplied consumers and contractors alike for more than 25 years, selling products though direct mail, online at www.NorthernTool.com, and at more than 60 retail locations. The company operates stores in 11 states, including Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Texas.

    Along with a deep selection of hand, power and air tools, Northern Tool + Equipment carries a wide variety of products, including air compressors, hydraulics, small engines, trailers, tractors, welding equipment and much more. Northern Tool + Equipment also seves as the exclusive distributor of NorthStar brand equipment, which is fabricated and assembled at the company’s 250,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Faribault, Minn.

    Northern Tool + Equipment is a privately held company with corporate headquarters located in Burnsville, Minn. For more information, visit www.northerntool.com.

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