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July 30, 2014

The Home Depot has promoted Ted Decker to the position of EVP merchandising, where he will take the helm of the company's merchandising strategy and operations. Effective Aug. 4, Decker will transition from his most recent role as SVP retail finance and begin reporting to Craig Menear, president U.S. Retail.

Decker has been with the company for 14 years, during which time he played an integral role in the company's merchandising transformation and led the implementation of new pricing and analytics processes.

July 29, 2014

Massachusetts-based lighting company Osram Sylvania announced that it would be expanding it’s lineup of LED light bulbs. This month, Lowe’s will start stocking the seven new bulbs.

Among the company’s new LED bulb offerings are the ones meant to replace 40- and 60-watt incandescent bulbs. The 60-watt LED bulb puts out the same amount of light as a 60-watt incandescent with 8.5 watts of electricity.

July 29, 2014

Lowe's is catering even further to its pro customers with the launch of ProExpress, an on-demand delivery service for emergency and last-minute supplies.

"For pros, time is money," said Mike Horn, VP ProServices. "The ProExpress program allows us to offer our pro customers the ultimate convenience and flexibility by delivering the materials they need, when they need them."

July 28, 2014

The Home Depot has donated $81,000 to a rural retreat for wounded veterans and their families. The money will go toward building a barn and run-in for horses, as well as some garden project at the Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness.

July 22, 2014

Lowe's revealed its plans Tuesday to build a new Customer Support Center in Indianapolis, which is expected to reach completion by 2016.

The announcment was made with Lowe's officials in the company of Indiana Governor Mike Pence and Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard. 

July 22, 2014

The Devine Contact Collection of luxury vinyl flooring is now available at Lowe's locations throughout Canada.

The flooring product, which offers the additional sales proposition of easy installation with a patented adhesive backing, is also currently distributed through Wanke Cascade in the Western U.S. The product is not on the shelves in Lowe’s U.S. stores.

July 14, 2014

The 3-D printer movement got a boost months ago when Home Depot began offering 3-D printers and scanners for sale through its website.

Now the world’s largest home improvement retailer is bringing the products to shelves in select markets. Home Depot is introducing MakerBot 3-D printers and scanners in select stores in Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

July 14, 2014

IKEA announced its plans to build a Las Vegas location, to be opened in the summer of 2016.

So far, the retailer has submitted its plans to Nevada's Clark County. The 351,000-sq.-ft. store would be located in the Spring Valley area, approximately 13 miles southwest of downtown Las Vegas.

July 9, 2014

In their latest round of back-to-back earnings call presentations, Home Depot and Lowe’s trotted out statistics for a weather-beaten first quarter, along with insights on what worked and what didn’t.

Michael Jones stepped into the role of Lowe’s chief customer officer by stepping up to the microphone. Jones, who replaced the retiring Greg Bridgeford earlier this year, walked analysts and investors through Lowe’s performance, which saw a comp-store sales increase of 0.9%.

July 8, 2014

Sears Holdings has hired Kristin Coleman as SVP, general counsel and corporate secretary, where she will oversee the Legal, Corporate Communications, Environmental Services, Global Compliance, Government Affairs, Internal Audit and Product Safety business units.

"I am pleased Kristin is joining our leadership team. She is a proven leader with experience managing legal, compliance and corporate governance issues," said Edward Lampert, Sears Holdings chairman and CEO.

July 8, 2014

Shop Your Way members at Sears and Kmart will now have 2,000 more store locations from which to elect Free Store Pickup services.

Using the integrated shopping option, customers can pick up their online orders at their choice of over 2,000 locations nationwide, ready in five minutes or less. This is especially convenient for customers who wish to buy Kmart supplies, but live substantially closer to a Sears location.

The service also makes it possible to obtain free pickup for exclusive brands like Bongo and Outdoor Life.

July 1, 2014

AZEK, Home Depot and OrePac all teamed up Thursday, June 19th to help spruce up a garden for disabled vets in San Bernardino, California.

The Veterans Exploration Garden in Speicher Memorial Park received a new AZEK Paver walkway (which is made with 95% recycled materials) for smoother wheelchair access.

June 25, 2014

Marvin Ellison, EVP U.S. stores for Home Depot, took the mic at the Oppenheimer Consumer Conference Wednesday, where he dedicated his time to discussing the retailer's approach to ever-evolving customer service needs.

June 25, 2014

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores is opening up a new Sears Home Appliance Showroom in Arvada, Colorado, with John Hurst at the helm as the new store manager.

"It's often challenging to find top-of-the-line home appliances for a reasonable price," said John Hurst, store manager of the new Sears Home Appliance Showroom in Arvada. "We offer the leading appliance brands, including exclusive Kenmore products, at a competitive price you just can't pass up."

June 25, 2014

Mooresville, North Carolina-based Lowe’s CFO Bob Hull added color to the company’s effort to maximize its multichannel efficiencies and move away from a build-stores-and-they-will-come approach to growth.   

[Read about Lowe's first quarter earnings here.]

June 16, 2014

Sears Canada announced a deal to develop a 12-acre Sears site in Calgary, Alberta, at the North Hill Shopping Centre.

June 13, 2014

Lowe's is taking a big step into the future with the launch of the Lowe's Holoroom, a life-size, 20-ft.-by-20-ft. virtual room that uses augmented reality and 3-D technology to create simulations of home interiors.

June 11, 2014

Indianapolis-based appliance, electronics and furniture retailer hhgregg opened its new store in Kendall, Florida. 

The Kendall store measures 23,000 square feet and employs about 40.

June 9, 2014

Lowe's and Paul Ramsay have made it official. Having served his time as acting CIO since March, Ramsay is now officially enjoying the title of chief information officer, effective immediately.

June 9, 2014

Lowe’s says its pro business generates about 30% of its business, that’s up from previous estimates of about 25%. 

Rick Damron, chief operating officer of Lowe’s, said the first quarter comp-store sales for the pro was about three times the comp number for the company.

The company’s first quarter comps were up 0.9%.

June 7, 2014

Coupons for Iris from Lowe's, the smart home program, are reaching State Farm insurance customers thanks to a deal between the insurance and retail giants. 

In mailings to its customers, State Farm has included coupons good for $10 discounts for Iris Safe & Secure Kits and $25 discounts for Iris Smart Kits. State Farm is further incentivizing the systems with up to 2% discounts on homeowners insurance for those who have the systems in their homes.

June 5, 2014

If we didn't know better, we'd say Father's Day and the home improvement industry were practically made for each other. No other industry -- aside from maybe the neck-tie market -- has as much to offer during mid-June.

As it so happens, a few home channel brands are already warming up for the holiday with Father's Day products and marketing campaigns.

June 4, 2014

Home Depot will set the stage for the launch of a new 488-color palette from PPG Industries' Glidden brand.

As of June 1, the palette will be available to Home Depot customers nationwide as an intentional reflection of their preferences and behaviors.

June 4, 2014

Father's Day and Fourth of July events at the world's largest home improvement retailer include expanded assortments of LED light bulbs and folding lawn mowers.

During the company's first-quarter earnings call with analysts and investors, Home Depot president U.S. retail Craig Menear spelled out four product introductions that he said will "generate a lot of excitement in the second quarter."

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