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April 7, 2014

The continuing debate over the minimum wage law is one that disproportionately affects retailers. That doesn't mean all retailers see it the same way.

Leadeing the charge against federal raises is the National Retail Federation. The advocacy group has published statement after statement urging Congress to stand down to the push for higher wages.

March 21, 2014

Blount International, Inc. has promoted David Gillrie to the position of SVP global sales & marketing for the Forestry, Lawn and Garden (FLAG) division.

Gillrie previously served as president of Blount's Concrete Cutting and Finishing division and has been with the company since 2012.

March 19, 2014

According to the latest American Express Spending & Saving Tracker, 2014 is looking to be a big year for new homes and do-it-yourself projects.

“All of the costs associated with moving can really add up, but more consumers are feeling confident that they can afford to put down new roots,” said David Rabkin, SVP of Consumer Lending Products for American Express. “With more people looking to purchase a home this year instead of rent, and with seller confidence on the rise, it will create an interesting push and pull as buyers and sellers negotiate.”

March 18, 2014

MoistureShield, the Springdale, Ark.-based composite decking manufacturer, has expanded its presence in the Sunbelt and West Coast regions by adding 12 new distribution locations to its network.

Among the new distributors are Huttig Building Products in Phoenix, Nashville, and Jackson, Miss.; BlueLinx in Tampa, Miami and Jacksonville, Fla.; Dixie Plywood and Lumber Company in San Antonio, Houston and Dallas; Universal Forest Products in Thornton and Riverside, Calif.; and Intermountain Supply in Spokane, Wash.

March 12, 2014

The National Retail Federation (NRF) is urging Congress to pass legislation that would require online and remote sellers to collect state and local sales taxes, telling a House committee that lawmakers should level the playing field between local retailers and out-of-state competitors.

David French, SVP of the NRF, told the House Judiciary Committee in a letter that legislation is needed to end the sales tax disparity.

March 3, 2014

The National Retail Federation sent a message of encouragement to the government, which it praised for its attention to the ongoing patent troll case while urging Congress to solidify protections for retailers.

February 10, 2014

Andersen Corporation has a new chief human resources officer and SVP in Karen Richard, who is succeeding Mary Carter when she retires on Feb. 14.

January 10, 2014

Lumber Liquidators announced on Wednesday its promotions of James Davis to SVP sales and Charles Schwartz to CIO and SVP business development.

January 7, 2014

Jeff Pratt has been promoted at Danze, Inc. and Gerber Plumbing Fixtures to the role of SVP sales, in which he will oversee sales in the company's wholesale, retail, e-commerce, hospitality, multi-family and Canadian segments.

January 7, 2014

Continuing its wave of expansion, The Tile Shop has opened its first retail locations in Connecticut: one in Danbury and one in Norwalk.

December 23, 2013

AGCO has announced the retirement of two of its SVPs, Randy Hoffman and David Caplan, effective Dec. 31.

"As highly respected business professionals in the industry, we extend our well wishes, appreciation and gratitude to Randy and David for their many years of inspirational leadership and personal dedication to AGCO," said Martin Richenhagen, chairman, president and CEO of AGCO. “Both men have left a lasting impact on the agricultural industry as well as supporting AGCO as a global leader in the market.”

December 23, 2013

Johns Manville added commercial and residential mineral wool insulation to its product mix.

“Mineral wool is a great addition to JM’s already robust line of insulation products,” said Fred Stephan, SVP insulation systems at Johns Manville. “Building occupants benefit from acoustically superior environments, moisture protection and increased fire performance. Contractors also enhance their bottom line because it’s rigid for accurate cutting and fitting, compressed and durable for easy transport and requires zero downtime during installation.”

December 20, 2013

The Tile Shop has announced its plans to open its first-ever super store in San Antonio.

This entails a 31,200-sq.ft. space -- its biggest in the country -- which compares with its usual average of 23,000-sq.-ft. retail locations. The super store will feature a selection of 4,500 stone and tile products.

Carl Randazzo, SVP retail for The Tile Shop, said that the additional square footage allows for an expansion of the retailer's product presentation.

December 16, 2013

Weyerhaeuser has named Rhonda Hunter SVP Timberlands, succeeding soon-to-be-retired Tom Gideon.

Effective Jan. 1, 2014, Hunter will be officially promoted from her current role as VP of Weyerhaeuser's Southern Timberlands operation, which she's held since 2010. Previously, she held other leadership roles within the division, which involved planning and inventory, regional management, environmental and work systems, finance and land acquisition. She has been with the company since 1987.

December 9, 2013

The National Retail Federation's SVP, David French, has released a statement welcoming the House's passage of H.R. 3309, also known as the Innovation Act, which seeks to protect retailers against patent trolls.

“The National Retail Federation is pleased that the House has strongly supported the enactment of the patent litigation reform," said French. "This has been and continues to be a top priority for the retail industry and our diverse membership."

November 27, 2013

In an effort to enhance its in-store experience, Lowe's has integrated Point Inside, Inc.'s StoreMode mobile technology into its app to help customers locate products themselves.

November 26, 2013

The Tile Shop has opened a new retail location in North Plainfield, N.J., marking its fifth store in the state as well as the 17th new store out of a planned 20 for the year.

November 21, 2013

The Tile Shop is opening a new store in Tulsa, which will mark its first retail location in the state of Oklahoma.

“Tulsa homeowners take great pride in their homes," said Carl Randazzo, SVP of retail for The Tile Shop. "They want to surround themselves with natural beauty. We make the process of discovering the stone and tile that’s right for your home as easy as possible with beautiful products incredibly presented, sold by sales associates who are trained to carefully listen to our homeowner customers.”

November 4, 2013

Sears and Kmart stores will be open on Thanksgiving Day for customers and Shop Your Way members who wish to take advantage of Black Friday sales.

October 22, 2013

Lisa Marquis Jackson, SVP at John Burns Real Estate Consulting, provided a comprehensive perspective on the state of the housing recovery at the 2013 Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) Fall Conference in Rosemont, Ill. on Oct. 16.

In her presentation, titled "Clarity on the Housing Recovery," Jackson highlighted strong national housing fundamentals and pointed out that though housing starts are less than half of the way toward a full recovery, existing-home sales have already rebounded and then some, thanks in part to activity in the distressed housing market.

February 21, 2013

Lowe’s announced that Lara Lee will join the company as SVP customer experience design, effective Feb 25.

January 16, 2013

Work clothes maker Dickies will expand its occupational wear division’s product offerings, as well as its geographical availability. 

October 26, 2012

In addition to an extensive structural makeover, dubbed "Project Renewal,"  Newell Rubbermaid president and CEO Mike Polk announced a new leadership team that includes outside appointments to several executive positions.

June 8, 2011

Tony Callahan, the former senior VP national purchasing, planning and design for Beazer Homes, has left the Atlanta-based home-building firm to form his own consulting firm. The Callahan Consulting Group (CCG) specializes in helping building product and residential construction companies lower costs and lead times, while managing risk throughout the supply chain.

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