Do it Best suppliers donate to Habitat for Humanity
More than 100 vendors that exhibited at the recent Do it Best spring market donated a combined $221,448 in new or like-new merchandise to 16 Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Michigan. Much of the donated merchandise helps stock Habitat for Humanity Re-Stores, which sell DIY products to Habitat families and funnel profits into future projects.
“Because we sell below retail, and a great deal of the donated products are still in original packaging and not just display products, we’ve been able to provide our homeowners with some great buys on quality products,” said Bob Elliott, resources coordinator for Habitat for Humanity of Morgan County (Ind.). “It has also helped our Re-Store gain greater exposure in the community and increased our regular customer base through having a more diverse product line.”
Wells Lamont Retail Group participated for the second straight year, donating approximately 1,500 pairs of gloves to the organization. “Instead of selling our gloves at the close of the market, we chose to give them to people who need them,” said John Lenart, national accounts manager.
In 2004, Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Do it Best named Habitat for Humanity its corporate cause of choice and partners with Habitat for Humanity throughout the year in many different ways and locations.
B&Q parent names new international execs
Kingfisher, the U.K.-based parent of the B&Q warehouse home improvement chain, has named Kevin O’Byrne group finance director. O’Byrne will begin his new position on Oct. 1, at which time he will also join the company’s board as an executive director.
O’Byrne succeeds Duncan Tatton-Brown, who has served as group finance director for the last four years and who will leave Kingfisher in mid-October to pursue a new career outside the group, according to a statement.
O’Byrne most recently served as group finance director of DSG International, an electrical products retailing company. He formerly served as retail finance director at DSG, and from 2000 to 2002, he was CFO of Hemscott, an online provider of financial information. Prior to that, O’Byrne served as European finance director for the Quaker Oats Co.
Kingfisher also named Peter Hogsted, a veteran of Swedish retailer IKEA, to the position of chief executive-international. Hogsted will be responsible for Kingfisher’s operations in Poland, Russia, Italy, Turkey and China.
Hogsted most recently spent 13 years with IKEA, where he currently serves as chief executive of its U.K. operations and also chairman of IKEA in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ireland and Hungary. Peter is also a member of IKEA’s international management group. He will join Kingfisher on Sept. 1.
Hogsted formerly served as CEO of IKEA Denmark and as a marketing director and human resources director with the company.
RONA launches used paint recovery program
Boucherville, Quebec-based RONA, the largest Canadian retailer and distributor of hardware, renovation and gardening products, announced the launch of a used paint recovery program across its stores in Ontario. The program, which will kick off July 1, is the first to recover paint in Ontario as part of the new Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW) Program Plan.
The MHSW program is being implemented by Stewardship Ontario, an industry organization that developed the plan in conjunction with Waste Diversion Ontario, an organization set up by the provincial government to oversee waste diversion programs in Ontario.
“This new program for municipal hazardous or special waste, often called ‘household hazardous waste,’ will help ensure that consumer products such as leftover paints and solvents are collected so they can be reused and recycled,” said Glenda Gies, executive director of Waste Diversion Ontario. “RONA is playing an important role by accepting leftover paint at their Ontario retail locations.”
From collection points at RONA stores across Ontario, the old paint and containers will be sent to the RONA distribution centre in Boucherville, Quebec, and then to Peintures rZcupZrZes du QuZbec. About 80 percent of the old paint will be reconditioned and put back on the market. Leftover latex and alkyd paint, stain and varnish will all be accepted in the recovery and recycling program.
RONA operates a network of more than 680 corporate, franchise and affiliate stores of various sizes and formats. The RONA store network generates over $6.3 billion in annual retail sales.