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Energy Star shines for Home Depot

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The Home Depot has earned a 2014 Energy Star Partner of the Year — Sustained Excellence award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which cited its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the promotion of energy-efficient products.

"Our customers are increasingly looking for products that have earned the Energy Star," said Ron Jarvis, VP Environmental. "Our partnership with Energy Star allows us to offer our customers high quality, energy-efficient products that will also save them money on their energy bills."

Home Depot has been an Energy Star partner since 2001 and has since made significant strides in the realm of energy efficiency, ranging from increasing its Energy Star-rated product assortment to building consumer awareness of and demand for Energy Star.

According to the retailer, Home Depot helped customers save nearly $770 million in annual utility costs and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 4.7 million metric tons.

Home Depot will be officially honored by the EPA in Washington, D.C. on April 29.

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Sears taps Hutchinson to lead supply chain

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Sears Holdings has appointed William Hutchinson to the role of SVP and president, Supply Chain. He will succeed Raj Penkar, who is retiring on May 31, 2014 after leading the unit since 2011.

In his new role, Hutchinson will be responsible for all aspects of the supply chain, including distribution, transporation, customs compliance and global sourcing.

"Bill possesses the right combination of leadership, operational proficiency and technical acumen to lead our Supply Chain business unit," said Edward Lampert, Sears Holdings chairman and CEO. "His significant background working within retail environments will support a seamless transition and Bill’s proven ability to achieve results is critical to improving our members’ experience."

Most recently, Hutchinson was VP global fulfillment and logistics for Dell, Inc. in Round Rock, Texas. He spent a total of seven years with the company in logistics roles of increasing responsibility. Prior to that, he was VP, logistics and supply chain at Best Buy Company. He has also worked for Rite Aid Corporation, Accenture, Commerx and Andersen Consulting.

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Joe Gibbs is this year’s STAFDA keynote speaker

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Scheduled to appear in top form at this year’s Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association (STAFDA) 38th Annual Convention & Trade Show is keynote speaker Joe Gibbs.

Joe Gibbs is the former coach of the Washington Redskins, and, in STAFDA’s words, "the force behind innumerable NASCAR wins." He started his NASCAR team, Joe Gibbs Racing, in 1992 — just before he retired from the NFL. He returned to the NFL to head the Redskins team from 2004 to 2008.

He will be speaking at the General Session of the event.

The STAFDA Convention & Trade Show will be held November 9-11 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

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