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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."

June 2, 2014

Sears is turning its focus on connected home products through the rollout of its new Connected Solutions Shops, which present home automation technologies in a hands-on, immersive format to Shop Your Way customers.

Citing the hundreds of billions in sales projected to be made by the connected home industry in the next five years, Sears made its case for positioning itself as a leading purveyor of smart home innovations.

May 29, 2014

While a far cry from the kind of widespread data breach that struck Target Corp. last year, an employee-related data breach at Lowe's has spurred letters to possible victims who are advised to be aware of the breach.

The breach affected the company's current and former drivers, who may have had their personal information -- including social security numbers -- compromised when data was backed up unintentionally on a computer that was not secure and open to the Internet. 

May 29, 2014

A Lowe’s spokeswoman told HCN that various blogs covering the story about a Lowe’s data breach inaccurately implied that consumers were affected. 

That’s not the case, said Karen Cobb, manager of corporate public relations for the Mooresville, North Carolina-based retail giant.

“This situation affected only documentation of employees approved to drive Lowe’s-owned vehicles and in no way contained any customer data,” she said.

May 28, 2014

Former Home Depot marketing executive Frank Bifulco was named executive VP marketing for Framingham, Massachusetts-based Staples.

In the newly created role, Bifulco will lead marketing across the office supply company's operations.