Hardware industry aids City of Hope
Las Vegas — The 2014 Spirit of Life Award Reception honored Masco Corporation’s Karen Mendelsohn during a City of Hope Hardware/Homebuilding Industry event Monday night here.
On the eve of the International Builders’ Show and KBIS, the City of Hope disease treatment and research center pointed to a 2014 Hardware/Homebuilding Industry fundraising campaign total of $800,000.
Mendelsohn, who serves as Masco’s VP and chief marketing and strategy officer, told a packed ballroom at the Venetian Hotel she was honored and humbled to received the award. "The City of Hope is all about surviving and thriving," she said. "Together all of us united to raise $800,000 for this organization that is life changing and life affirming. And for that I am so thankful."
Home Depot executive VP merchandising Craig Menear, also a past Spirit of Life honoree, introduced Mendelsohn. He said it was an honor to work with Karen during the past 15 years. "She truly is one of the industry’s leaders for this great cause," Menear said.
Mark Baker, the former executive at Scotts Miracle-Gro, Home Depot and Orchard Supply Hardware — and a former Spirit of Life honoree — recognized a long list of corporate donations to City of Hope, which celebrated its 100th anniversary last year.
"Through all of those years, patients have been at the center of City of Hope’s mission," Baker said. "This industry has been remarkable in terms of its perseverance and its support of COH."
The City of Hope is a California-based treatment and research center that specializes in cancer, diabetes and other diseases.
More job cuts at Sears Canada
Sears Canada, which laid off more than 1,300 employees on Jan. 15, is cutting an additional 624 jobs. The retailer said it is modifying its store structure to improve efficiency and increase the effectiveness of the chain of communication between management and the store associate teams within the stores.
Sears Canada will eliminate primarily a mid-tier level of leads within its full-line stores, resulting in an average reduction of five associates per store. There will also be an alignment of the regional and head office structures to reflect the new store model, and also to improve efficiency in Sears other formats and to align with the size of the business. This will result in a staff reduction of 624 associates.
“The changes we are making in stores will not affect the number of front-line associates, and service to our customers will not be impacted,” said Doug Campbell, president and CEO, Sears Canada. “Our current structure results in inefficiencies and barriers to effective communication among store associates and the changes we are making are designed to result in better store execution and consistency of presentation and standards. We continue to plan for the future of Sears Canada and are taking steps today that will allow us to continue serving customers as a viable national retailer coast to coast in stores and through our direct channel now and in the future.”