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Former HD exec named Office Depot president

BY HBSDealer Staff

Kevin Peters, a former Home Depot executive, has been named president, North America of Office Depot. This new position combines North American Retail (NAR) and North American Business Solutions (BSD) divisions. He will be responsible for all customer-facing sales channels (retail, contract, direct and e-commerce) and P&L in North America.

"For the first time, we are consolidating all of our North American operations under one leader, allowing us to break down silos, increase our productivity and improve the execution of our key initiatives," said Neil Austrian, chairman and CEO.

Kevin Peters joined Office Depot as EVP supply chain in October 2007 and was appointed EVP supply chain and information technology in March 2009.

He was named president, North American Retail, in April 2010.

Prior to joining Office Depot, Peters worked at W.W. Grainger, as SVP supply chain and merchandising. He also spent 11 years at Home Depot, serving as VP and general manager, Home Depot Commercial Direct, and VP supply chain and merchandising.

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Retail sales hold steady in June

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The nation’s retailers showed a sales increase of 0.1% in June, according to the Advance Monthly Sales report released Thursday morning by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, June sales were estimated at $387.8 billion, an increase of 0.1% from the previous month. Compared with the same month last year, total sales were up 8.1%.

For NAICS 444 — the category measuring building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers, including hardware stores and home centers — June sales were $25.140 billion, up 1.3% from $24.806 billion in May, and up 7.8% from from $23.330 billion in June 2010.

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Woodford Plywood to distribute AZEK products

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Scranton, Pa.-based AZEK Building Products entered a distribution partnership with Woodford Plywood, based in Albany, Ga.

Woodford will supply the full line of AZEK products throughout Georgia, Alabama and the Carolinas.

“We’re very excited to offer our customers AZEK, as the leading brand of low-maintenance, exterior products through our branches in the Southeast,” said Darin Wood, CEO of Woodford Plywood. “It truly adds a new dimension to our already high level of customer service.”

According to Jim Gross, VP sales, AZEK Building Products, this has been a year of innovation for the company, with more than a dozen new products in the trim, molding, decking and railing categories.

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