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Home Depot launches spring hiring phase

BY Ken Clark

The Home Depot says it has begun filling more than 80,000 seasonal positions to assist customers during the company’s busiest selling season.

"Spring is always a special season for us, when we can offer employment opportunities for literally tens of thousands of Americans," said Tim Crow, executive VP human resources. 

The announcement follows a similar spring-hiring announcement issued by rival Lowe’s late last month. 

As both the company’s busiest hiring and selling period, spring serves as The Home Depot’s annual peak season, similar to the Christmas selling season for many retailers. Job opportunities range from part-time to full-time and are available on a market-by-market basis based on individual store needs and geographical variance in climate. 

This year’s hiring push by Home Depot includes an initiative called Online Military Skills Translator, a tool designed to help match an applicant’s military skills with positions that might offer the best fit. The Home Depot has also partnered with military-focused career fairs and will be participating in events throughout 2013. 

The retailer also says it is encouraging technical school students, college students and retirees to apply. 

Home Depot’s spring-aided second quarter of 2012 produced $20.6 billion in sales — more than 10% higher than sales reported in the first quarter ($17.8 billion) and third quarter ($18.1 billion).

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Bosch enters drivers seat with Ram Truck

BY Ken Clark

Robert Bosch Tool Corp. and the Ram Truck brand announced a partnership at the 39th annual World of Concrete trade show, naming Ram the "Official Truck of Bosch Power Tools and Accessories."

Together, the two companies will jointly pursue sales and marketing opportunities in the automotive and tool markets. 

"At Bosch, we’re committed to developing power tools and accessories that deliver uncompromising quality and reliability to our customers," said Terry Horan, president and CEO, Robert Bosch Tool Corp., North America. "The Bosch team is truly excited to be working with a partner the caliber of Ram Truck. One thing that we’ve learned through the planning process is that our companies align well and complement one another." 

The strategic combination of co-branded events and joint advertising will keep the Bosch and Ram brands top of mind with American tradesmen. The partnership also will include cross-promotional sweepstakes and co-branded customer affinity programming at local, regional and national events. In addition, the two companies will investigate joint product development opportunities in the future. 

"Ram trucks offer construction professionals a full line of vehicles that deliver best-in-class fuel economy, capability, cargo capacity and the lowest total cost of ownership," said Fred Diaz, president and CEO, Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico, Chrysler Group. "A partnership with Bosch helps us further align with our customers’ businesses and livelihoods. This partnership leverages the natural fit between the two brands to help us drive value for the customer."

The companies are already promoting a consumer contest called Bosch Drillndrive Sweepstakes, during which a winner will get a Ram Truck.

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ECi predicts growth for 2013

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Fort Worth, Texas-basd ECi Software Solutions fourth-quarter sales were up 78% compared with same period last year. For the full year, sales were up 44%, the company reported Wednesday morning. 

Both sales figures were record highs. “This is very exciting because it shows continued improvement in the economic health of the industries we serve,” said Mike Gibson, SVP global sales and marketing for ECi. “We are confident that this will translate into even greater value and partnership with our existing customers and will drive even greater growth in 2013.” 

The number of new software system solutions sold in the fourth quarter increased 31% in 2012 as compared with the fourth quarter of 2011.

ECi sectors include manufacturing, office equipment, office supplies, contract office furniture, lumber and building materials, hardware and janitorial.

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