Home Depot investigates possible breach
The Home Depot is the latest major retailer to investigate what looks like a data breach.
The Atlanta-based retailer is looking into the matter and also working with law enforcement and bank investigators.
"Protecting our customers’ information is something we take extremely seriously, and we are aggressively gathering facts at this point while working to protect customers,” the retailer said in a statement.
Unusual activity spotted by banks tipped off the investigation, according to multiple reports. The retailer pledged to alert customers if it finds out a breach occurred.
If it turns out that Home Depot was hit by hackers, it will join a list of giant retailers that includes Albertson’s, Michaels, SuperValu and – most famously – Target Corp.
"Right now, for security reasons, it would be inappropriate for us to speculate further," the Home Depot’s statement explained. "We will provide further information as soon as possible."
Home Depot rival and number-two home improvement player Lowe’s also reported a data breach back in May.
Beacon Roofing Supply acquires All Weather Products
Herndon, Virginia-based Beacon Roofing Supply has acquired All Weather Products Ltd., a Vancouver-based distributor of roofing systems and accessories primarily for residential applications.
"We are very pleased to be joining Beacon not only because of its size and reputation in the industry but because Beacon shares AWP‘s belief that success comes from hard work and a commitment to your employees and customers," said AWP president and founder Ken Lillejord. "This is a very exciting time for us."
According to Beacon president and CEO Paul Isabella, the deal is an intuitive move in its overall expansion strategy — both for the market position and compatibility between the companies.
"AWP provides Beacon with an excellent opportunity to enhance our current presence in the vibrant Vancouver market," he said. "Equally important is that AWP shares Beacon’s core values of integrity, loyalty and a commitment to its employees and customers."
All Weather Products has three branches located in the Vancouver suburbs of Surrey, Kelowna and Burnaby.
Home Depot salutes American Legion with $1m donation
Gaven Gregory, executive director of the Home Depot Foundation, announced last week that the organization’s next focus would be on the American Legion — in the form of a $1 million dedication, to be exact.
“We do thousands of community service projects every year, and hundreds of them are at your posts,” Gregory said at the 96th National Convention of The American Legion, held in Charlotte, North Carolina. “When we got involved in this relationship, a lot of it was because those folks in the field (Team Depot) had done projects with you and said, ‘Hey, look, The American Legion is important to us. It’s important to our communities. And we want to do more.’ We took that guidance and said, ‘OK, we’re going to do more.’”
The Home Depot Foundation and Team Depot have played a hand in improving more than 13,000 homes for veterans over the past three years. To illustrate his point, Gregory showed examples of American Legion projects across the country, many of which involved actual American Legion posts.
“Since the launch of our mission, our volunteers have touched the homes and lives of veterans in every state, in thousands of cities across the country," he continued. "We’re pretty proud of that. We have developed a powerful alliance with The American Legion over the years. We’ve worked together across the country to improve the lives of our veterans, from touching up posts to repairing homes for Legion members in need.”
“I’m so proud of this relationship and the amazing work we do together. That’s why we are incredibly proud to announce we are committing an investment of $1 million over the next year at American Legion posts and veterans across the country, in alliance with The American Legion. We know we’re going to be working together for a long time.”