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Depot reassures customers over data probe

BY HBSDealer Staff

Home Depot advised customers that whatever the result of the retailer’s probe into a possible payment data breach, customers will be off the hook for fraudulent transactions.

That reassurance appeared in a statement under the headline “Message to our customers about news reports of a possible payment data breach,” on the company’s web site.

On Tuesday, reports emerged indicating the Home Depot was investigating “unusual activity” that suggested a possible data breach. 

The statement reads, in part:

“We know that this news may be concerning and we apologize for the worry this can create.  If we confirm a breach has occurred, we will make sure our customers are notified immediately.  For now, you should know the following:

“First, you will not be responsible for any possible fraudulent charges.  The financial institution that issued your card or Home Depot are responsible for those charges should we confirm a breach.

“Make sure you are closely monitoring your accounts and reach out to your card issuer should you notice any unusual activity.

“If we confirm a breach, we will offer free identity protection services, including credit monitoring, to any potentially impacted customers. 

“We’re working hard to get you the information you need as quickly as possible and will continue to provide updates as we learn more.”

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Window company celebrates growth

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Phoenix, Arizona-based Western Window Systems has been included in Inc. Magazine’s 33rd annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States. The designer and manufacturer of door and window systems made the list with three-year sales growth of 236%. 

“Our phenomenal growth comes from having the best products, the best processes and the best employees in the industry,” said Western Window Systems president Jason Funk. “We’re grateful to be in the company of some of the most esteemed businesses in the country.”

The Inc. 500|5000 represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy — America’s independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Yelp, Pandora, Timberland, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, LinkedIn, Zillow and many other well-known names gained early exposure as members, accroding to the press release announcing the ranking.

 

 

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Tractor Supply hires HR VP

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Tractor Supply named Chad Frazell as senior VP human resources. 

Prior to joining Tractor Supply Company, Frazell was senior VP human resources for Shopko Stores. From 2008 to 2011, he served as VP human resources for Kohl’s Corporation, where he began as a store manager in 1999. Prior to 1999, Frazell served as a store manager and assistant manager for Target Corporation. He began his career with Wal-Mart Stores, where he served as an assistant manager and sales associate.

"We are very excited and pleased to welcome Chad to the Tractor Supply team," Sandfort said. "With his extensive experience in human resources and operations in the retail industry, Chad will play an integral role in our company’s future success as we continue to expand and create jobs in the communities we serve." 

As of June 28, Tractor Supply operated 1,331 stores in 48 states.

 

 

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