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Family Dollar exec heads to Lowe’s

BY HBSDealer Staff

Lowe's Companies has brought a new executive on board to steer the seasonal department toward holiday success.

Jocelyn Wong has been named senior VP and general merchandising manager for the seasonal department, effective Oct. 12.

In her new role, Wong will report to chief merchandising officer Michael McDermott and will be in charge of merchandising for the lawn and garden, seasonal living and outdoor power equipment divisions.

She was most recently working for Family Dollar as senior VP and chief marketing officer.

Wong has more than 18 years of experience in marketing, merchandising, brand management and product innovation with companies like Family Dollar, Safeway, and Procter and Gamble.

"Jocelyn's experience in marketing, merchandising and product management will help us deliver outstanding customer experiences in an omnichannel environment," said McDermott.  "She believes in building strong vendor partnerships focused on creating innovative and exciting solutions for customers, and her empowering leadership style and fresh perspectives will only accelerate our seasonal business growth and momentum. Jocelyn will be a fantastic addition to our leadership team."

Wong was also named among the 20 Most Influential Women in Mass Marketing in 2013 and 2014.

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Team Depot mobilizes for veterans

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The Home Depot's Team Depot is taking on the home lives of U.S. military veterans and their families through a two-month-long campaign called Celebration of Service.

Now in its fifth year, the campaign aims to help aging and disabled veterans modify their homes for optimal safety and comfort.

Celebration of Service will kick off with 1,000 Team Depot volunteers touching down in more than 30 cities, including Anchorage, Atlanta, Dallas, Grand Rapids, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Staten Island.

"Safety and accessibility challenges can make it difficult for seniors and people living with disabilities to move around their homes," said Craig Menear, chairman, CEO and president of The Home Depot. "During Celebration of Service, our associates will roll up their sleeves to restore veterans' independence – something they very much deserve after the service they have provided to our country."

The event runs Sept. 10 through Sept. 13 and will benefit more than 100 veterans.

The Home Depot Foundation has invested more than $105 million in veteran-related causes since 2011.

"The Home Depot is a tremendous partner in creating housing solutions for disabled American Veterans of all generations," said Dale Beatty, retired Staff Sergeant, Purple Heart recipient and co-founder of Purple Heart Homes. "As a combat-wounded Veteran myself, I can attest to the impact that regaining independence can have on a person. It restores your dignity and spirit. Team Depot's passion for serving veterans gives us confidence that we truly can help to restore independence for Veterans nationwide."

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Iris by Lowe’s joins the Z-Wave network

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Lowe's has become the latest member of the Z-Wave Alliance, an organization of companies supporting the Z-Wave wireless IoT standard, through its suite of Iris smart home products.

"As the awareness of the smart home concept becomes more prevalent among consumers with big players entering the market, the demand for DIY smart home solutions grows," said Mitchell Klein, executive director for the Z-Wave Alliance. "As with construction and home repair, we need retailers like Lowe's to offer a combination model of do-it-yourself with knowledgeable staff and education to help consumers get started."

Lowe's first launched Iris in July of 2012 as a suite of smart home solutions allowing homeowners to monitor and control their home functions.

"Partnering with the Z-Wave Alliance is an important next step in offering an even more expansive array of smart home products and further advancing technology in and around the home," said Mick Koster, VP and general manager of Iris Home Systems. "Together, Iris, the Alliance and its diverse ecosystem of members have a larger opportunity to propel home automation forward, delivering innovative and smarter devices to consumers."

Alliance has also been undergoing its own growth spurt of sorts. Membership grew 20% in the first half of 2015.

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