PRO Group welcomes new distributor
PRO Group has announced the addition of Monsey, N.Y.-based BTL Distributors, a wholesale distributor serving hardware and paint supply stores in New York and New Jersey, to its membership.
"We are pleased to join the PRO Group organization and look forward to networking with member distributors and suppliers at several PRO events in 2014," said BTL partner Sol Grossman.
According to PRO Group, BTL is joining the team for its marketing, purchasing and operational advantages. It contributes a wide product assortment in adhesives & sealants, hardware & locks, janitorial supplies, lighting & electrical supplies, lubricants, moisture absorbers, paint & marking supplies, pest control, pet supplies, plumbing supplies, safety & protection supplies, tapes, tools and seasonal items.
"BTL adds immediate volume to dozens of PRO Hardware Key Supplier programs and brings a fresh perspective to PRO Group as a new member," said PRO Group managing director Shari Kalbach.
Based in Denver, PRO Group is a merchandising and marketing organization made up of 29 regional distributors. Retail divisions under the PRO Group umbrella include PRO Hardware, GardenMaster and Farm Mart.
What breach? Sears sees no evidence of hacking
The Secret Service was investigating a possible security breach at Sears last Friday, but the retailer issued a statement the same day announcing that it found no evidence of foul play in its systems.
"There have been rumors and reports throughout the retail industry of security incidents at various retailers, and we are actively reviewing our systems to determine if we have been a victim of a breach," read the prepared statement. "We have found no information based on our review of our systems to date indicating a breach."
U.S. retailers, including Neiman Marcus and Michaels, have experienced several security breaches since Target’s data systems were initially compromised in November and December. The Target data breach exposed 40 million card numbers and 70 million pieces of personal data.