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Chain Store Guide to offer cross-industry database

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Chain Store Guide (CSG) will offer a new cross-industry database Web site, allowing users to create customized databases for sales leads, targeted campaigns, research and analysis.

Users will be able to tap into CSG’s database at csgdataintel.com, query CSG data targeting key industries or personnel and create custom mailing lists or download records into an Excel spreadsheet.

In the past, CSG sold sales leads and mailing lists on an as-needed basis. The Data Intel program was a response to customers requesting an easier way to access the data anywhere or at any time. The database contains 189,000 personnel names with titles across all retail channels.

No registration is required for users to query CSG data. Data can be sorted by industry, business type, geography, size, product lines and personnel titles.

CSG Data Intel includes headquarters, regional and divisional offices, distribution centers and wholesalers. Users receive a free online price quote with each query performed. Information can be purchased and exported on a per record basis with users paying for only those records that specifically meet their defined search with a $300 minimum purchase.

 

Chain Store Guide is a subsidiary of Lebhar-Friedman, publisher of Home Channel News.

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Home Depot buyers accused of kickbacks

BY HBSDEALER Staff

A kickback scandal involving four Home Depot buyers was reported last night by CBS News. According to the report, the purchasing managers accepted “enormous sums,” totaling millions of dollars, to ensure that certain flooring products were sold in Home Depot stores.

One source told CBS News that Frank Blake, the company’s president and CEO, immediately terminated the four employees when he learned of the arrangement. The firings took place at a meeting in an Atlanta hotel, the story said.

The FBI is reportedly investigating the allegations. Phone calls to the Atlanta FBI field office were not immediately returned.

In a prepared statement released to HCN, Home Depot confirmed the firings but said the company could not provide further details at this time.

“The Home Depot has terminated four merchandising associates for infractions of our ethical standards,” the statement said. “We’re cooperating with authorities and because this matter is under investigation, we can’t comment further on the specifics. It is important to note that this matter does not have a material effect on our consolidated financial conditions or results of operations. Maintaining our ethical standards is of utmost importance to The Home Depot and is something we enforce strongly.”

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Bosch participates in National Clean Air Green Tour

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Bosch home appliances, maker of numerous Energy Star-rated appliances, will team up with Southwest Airlines, non-profit clean energy organization Balanced Energy and producers of ethanol fuel on the 2007 National Clean Air Green Tour.

The five-month campaign kicked off in late July in Chicago and will tour through 47 states to promote global climate change awareness. The tour will include a stop at the Solar Power Conference in Long Beach, Calif., in September, and will conclude in Key West, Fla., in December.

The tour includes a 40-foot bio-diesel motor coach, equipped with solar power capabilities and outfitted with Bosch’s energy efficient home appliances, including a refrigerator, tankless water heater, wall oven, dishwasher, laundry and microwave.

Additional information about the tour is available at www.cleanairgreentour.com.

Bosch home appliances is part of BSH Home Appliances Corp., a fully owned subsidiary of BSH Bosch und Siemens HausgerSte GmbH.

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