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Hhgregg alters store experience, adds Samsung sizzle

BY Mike Troy

Redesigned Hhgregg stores in Orlando and Tampa offer new growth possibilities for the 226 store appliance, electronics and furniture retailer.

Hhgregg, on the heels of weak first quarter and 2014 results, unveiled new store designs in several Florida markets over the weekend with locations in Orlando and Tampa leading the way. The redesign lets customers reimagine their home living spaces through experiential room settings, which the company contends is a refreshing change from wall-to-wall product stacks presented in many home retailers today.

"Customers want to be inspired when they are shopping, as if they are leafing through the pages of their favorite home design magazine," said Dennis May, Hhgregg’s CEO. "They also want the most sophisticated products and technology at their fingertips. We think we've done both by partnering with Samsung to kick off our Grand Reopenings in the Orlando and Tampa markets."

Hhgregg is singling out Samsung as the biggest attraction of the newly redesigned stores because the leading electronics brand is featured in a store-within-a-store concept that allows customers the opportunity to experience the latest in appliances and TV technology. One highlight involves Samsung Centerstage, an interactive 8-ft. by 7.5-ft. touchscreen that lets customers virtually experience Samsung appliances in life-size form with photos, videos and custom information on Samsung appliances. Additional technology is infused into the shopping experience with an embedded video screen on Samsung's ActiveWash washing machine that displays detailed visual imagery of the inner workings off the washer.

Also featured is the Samsung Chef Collection of kitchen suites inspired by world renowned chefs that let customers envision their entire space in one single footprint and get hands on with the latest Samsung appliance technology, such as the Waterwall Dishwasher and the Flex Duo Oven. Select Hhgregg stores also will feature a new video wall showcasing Samsung's newest 4k SUHD televisions.

For a glimpse inside the store, check out the video below.

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Trex promotes recycling to America’s youth

BY HBSDealer Staff

Trex is getting students on board with recycling by engaging their competitive side.

On November 15th, on America Recycles Day, Trex will host its annual Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge, in which schools will face off in the recycling of plastic bags to win Trex products for their schools.

"In addition to promoting fun, healthy competition, the Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge provides students with a better understanding and appreciation for the importance of recycling," said Stephanie Hicks, material resource coordinator for Trex. "Last year, more than 430 schools from across the country participated and, together, collected more than 167,000 pounds of plastic film. Instead of going into landfills, that plastic waste was converted into beautiful Trex decking."

Between Nov. 15 and April 15, students will race to collect and recycle the most plastic film per capita.

The materials will go into the making of Trex products, and awards will be made from Trex decking boards.

Trex recycles more than 1.5 billion plastic bags each year to make its wood-alternative products. A standard 16-foot Trex board contains recycled material from approximately 2,250 plastic bags, as well as recycled polyethylene plastic from common household items like case overwraps, sandwich/bread bags, newspaper sleeves and dry cleaning bags.

"Trex was literally built on the use of sustainable materials, and our commitment to preserving and protecting the environment continues to influence everything we do as a company," says Jim Cline, president and CEO of Trex. "The Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge helps students to incorporate recycling into their daily lives, and helps us to continue to produce high-performance, sustainable outdoor living products."

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Sears names a fulfillment chief

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Sears Holdings has named Girish Lakshman to the role of president, fulfillment.

In this capacity, Lakshman will be in charge of the member experience and the fulfillment of member and customer needs, as well as its integrated retail strategy.

He joins the company from Amazon, where he most recently served as VP worldwide transportation strategy, technology and customer returns. He spent 15 years there in total, holding positions in transportation, technology, logistics, operational excellence and management.

"Girish's strong operational discipline, process thinking and experience leading change make him a strong fit for Sears Holdings," said Edward Lampert, Sears Holdings' chairman and CEO. "He will work closely with me and our supply chain and inventory management leaders to enhance our members' experiences and support our transformation as an integrated retailer."

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