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Home Depot settles VOC suit

BY Ken Clark

The Home Depot said it reached a tentative agreement in March to settle California lawsuits related to the sale of paints and coatings.

The company’s recent 10-k filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission report followed up on 2010 allegations that the retailer sold products in three California counties and Los Angeles that exceeded the level of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) under the rules of the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

The allegations led to lawsuits in June 2011, one from the SCAQMD that sought $30 million in penalties and relief.

According to Home Depot’s filing: "In March 2013, we tentatively reached a joint settlement agreement to resolve these actions for an aggregate of $6.9 million, plus $1.1 million in fees and costs. The settlement requires the approval of the trial court."

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Container Store simplifies operations with Talend

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The Container Store has enlisted Talend, a global open source software leader, to simplify, standardize and move data across multiple platforms. With Talend, The Container Store now has cross-platform standardization, improved development times and automated processes that were previously done manually.

“We have found Talend’s solution to be a very intuitive tool that is conceptually appealing, and natively supports all our platforms,” said Viet Le, IS Senior Data Analytics Engineer at The Container Store. “Previously, the siloed nature of our data caused significant problems for our business — the biggest being difficulty in new development. With Talend, we have achieved a much simpler and faster development time. This has freed up our IT resources, since they no longer have to manually maintain our spreadsheets.” 

Talend Enterprise Data Integration provides a set of data integration tools to access, transform and integrate data from any business system in real-time or batch to meet both operational and analytical data integration needs. With more than 450 connectors, it integrates almost any data source. The broad range of use cases addressed include massive scale integration (big data/NoSQL), ETL for business intelligence and data warehousing, data synchronization, data migration, data sharing and data services.

“It’s exciting to work with The Container Store and watch their business processes significantly improve with Talend’s data integration solutions,” said François Méro, Talend’s vice president of global sales. “Using an extensible and high-performing set of data integration tools enables companies like The Container Store to focus on maximizing the value of their data and achieve their overall business objectives.”

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Central Garden & Pet receives Walmart honor

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Central Garden & Pet Co., a marketer and producer of products for the lawn and garden and pet supplies markets, has been named Walmart’s Outdoor Living Supplier of the Year.

In addition, Central won the People Award for Walmart’s Home Division. Walmart annually recognizes its top suppliers that demonstrate superior customer service.

"Winning not just one but two awards from Walmart is a tremendous honor considering the standard of excellence that Walmart instills in every aspect of its business," said John Ranelli, president and CEO of Central Garden & Pet. "Achievements like these represent a collective, company-wide effort to understand our consumer and work in concert with Walmart as partners to drive meaningful value for the consumer. These are core principles we live every day at Central.

"I thank Walmart and our dedicated employees for this great honor. We will continue to build on our long history of collaboration with Walmart to beautify the outdoors and enrich peoples’ lives," Ranelli added.

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