Hardlines technology forum slated for April
The Hardlines Technology Forum (HTF), an annual gathering of the industry’s information technology and supply chain executives, has announced its lineup of retail panel participants for the April 21 to 24 event.
Appearing at the panel, which will be held on April 23, are Greg Linder, director of supply chain operations for True Value; Brett Hammers, vp-marketing for Orgill; Michelle Adams, director of merchandise operations planning for Lowe’s; and Kay Williams, vp-information technology for Do it Best.
The keynote presentation this year, “Mastering Your Supply Chain,” will feature Ernest Nichols, director of the FedEx Center for Supply Chain Management, and Dick Raman, president and CEO of TIE Commerce.
New to the conference this year is an educational track devoted to the business-side IT professional and presentations by Lowe’s, True Value and Do it Best on how to be a successful trading partner with their companies. Other sessions planned for the five-day conference deal with topics such as EDI, data synchronization, utilizing POS info and chargebacks.
The HTF, sponsored by the American Hardware Manufacturers Association (AHMA), will be held at the Peabody Memphis Hotel in Memphis, Tenn.
IKEA store set for Charlotte, N.C.
Swedish home goods retailer IKEA has announced plans for its first location in the Charlotte, N.C., area.
The store is slated to open in spring 2009, and will be the 36th IKEA store in the United States.
“Construction crews have begun preliminary site work such as clearing and grading, and we look forward to breaking ground officially in several months,” said Michael Maier, IKEA real estate manager, in a statement.
The 356,000-square-foot store will include 50 model room settings, three complete model home interiors and a 300-seat restaurant.
Further upcoming IKEA stores in the United States are planned for Brooklyn, N.Y.; Somerville, Mass.; Tampa, Fla.; and West Chester, Ohio.
Sears Canada acquires duct cleaning business
Toronto-based Sears Canada has announced the purchase of Excell Duct Cleaning, a privately held network of air duct cleaning licensees for Sears in 24 regions of Canada.
Excell provides duct cleaning services, HVAC service and repair and the sale of some clean air products under the “Sears Indoor Clean Air Services” name, according to the retailer.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Current employees of Excell will remain and continue to work out of their Burlington, Ontario, office, the company said.
“Having Excell under the Sears Home Services umbrella will position Sears to expand the products and services offered through the licensee network, including those relating to heating, ventilation and air conditioning,” explained Ajit Khanna, senior vp-home services, travel and contact centers for Sears Canada.
“Our aim is to become more important in the management of our customers’ homes, and today’s announcement is an important step in accomplishing this,” Khanna added.