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SHOS unveils new POS

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores has deployed NED Corp.’s point of sale technology at all 1,000 stores.

Casey Kelly, director of program management at SHOS, said the new NED G5200 POS gives the retailer the ability to grow for years to come.  “We are making significant progress toward eliminating our reliance on our former parent company's IT systems as we establish a new, improved, and independent technology footprint,” Kelly said. “We are very pleased with the technical and aesthetic upgrades the new machines bring to our Hometown, Home Appliance Showroom, Appliance & Hardware, and Outlet formats.”

NEC deployed more than 2,400 POS terminals to 1,000 Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores throughout the U.S. in three months. Each store is equipped with the cost-effective, efficient NEC G5200 POS that features a “sleek, sophisticated all-in-one design,” in the words of the vendor.

“We are excited to be a strategic business partner to Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores during their IT transformation,” said Shin Takahashi, president and CEO at NEC Corporation of America. “Our company focus is to deliver security, safety and operational efficiency to our customers by leveraging our broad technology portfolio we call the Smart Enterprise.”

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Houzz Stat: Renovation pros remain busy

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Houzz has a new industry report: Data Watch: Renovation Firms Have Backlogs, Houzz Research Shows. (“Backlog” refers to the delay or wait time an average firm faces before starting a new midsize project due to its current project commitments.)

Busy with kitchens and baths. Nearly half (49%) of general contractors, remodelers and design-build companies on net report an increase in kitchen or bathroom renovations for the first half of 2017, compared with the same period a year ago.

“On net” means that the percentage of firms reporting increases minus the percentage of firms reporting decreases equals 49 percent. For example, if 54 percent of firms report increases and 5 percent of firms report decreases, that means 49 percent report an increase on net.

Many homeowners are tackling multiple remodeling projects simultaneously, the firms report. With large-scale renovations (kitchens, bathrooms and multiple projects) on the rise, it’s no wonder many of these firms are experiencing project backlogs.

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Apex Tool Group hires former Werner exec

BY HBSDealer Staff

Sparks, Maryland-based Apex Tool Group hired Jeff Campbell as VP, sales and channel marketing, North American hand tools. 

Campbell is responsible for sales and channel marketing efforts in ATG’s Industrial, Construction, and Automotive distribution channels which include all North American Hand Tools product lines, such as Gearwrench, Crescent, Lufkin, and Wiss.

“We are very pleased to welcome Jeff to the ATG team,” said John Constantine, SVP and President, North American Hand Tools. “He brings a wealth of experience to this key role. We look forward to Jeff’s continued success in building brands and helping our customers win.”

Campbell reports to Constantine.

Most recently, Campbell was employed by Werner Co., whee he served as senior VP of North American sales for its Werner ladders and fall protection, Knaack jobsite, and Weather Guard truck and van products. 

Before Werner, he worked for Newell Brands as VP of sales for its Irwin and Lenox tool brands, among others.

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