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Simpson adds decking software partner

BY Brae Canlen

Simpson Strong-Tie has announced that it will now be offering decking software solutions from Feeney Inc., a leading manufacturer of high-quality, innovative architectural and garden products. Feeney has joined Simpson’s DeckTools deck sales and design software partners’ library with some of its most popular products: CableRail railing infill cables, Lightline door canopies, and two styles of wall-mounted cable and rod trellises. 

DeckTools software is a sales, design and estimating program that enables deck builders, remodelers and suppliers to design decks in a photo-realistic, 3D environment. Users can customize nearly every detail, from the deck shape and railings to canopies and material choices. By showing homeowners images of their finished deck designs and making it easy to select upgrades instantly, sales are closed much faster. In addition, the program can quickly generate plans, proposals and material lists. Feeney is one of many brand-name deck product manufacturers to be included in the program’s partners’ library.

Based in Pleasanton, Calif., Simpson Strong-Tie is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of connectors, fasteners, fastening systems, anchors and lateral-force resisting systems.

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Buy.com adds home improvement products

BY Brae Canlen

Buy.com, a leading e-commerce marketplace, has expanded into the home improvement arena through a partnership with CPO Commerce, a leading supplier of new and reconditioned tools and other home channel products. Customers can now shop for more than 6,000 hammers, drills, saws and other tools, all with free shipping, through Buy.com’s CPO Outlets store online section. Products also include floor care, ceiling fans, saws, generators, lawn care products, pressure washers and compressors.

Buy.com now features more than 15 million product listings from thousands of third-party retailers spanning more than 25 product categories, including games, apparel and shoes, books, bags and luggage, fragrance, software, sporting goods, jewelry, toys, wine and more. 

CPO Commerce, based in Pasadena, Calif., operates 30 co-branded home improvement e-commerce sites. Many of them carry both new and closeout, discontinued and factory-reconditioned products. It recently purchased TylerTools.com

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Former HD exec named Office Depot president

BY HBSDealer Staff

Kevin Peters, a former Home Depot executive, has been named president, North America of Office Depot. This new position combines North American Retail (NAR) and North American Business Solutions (BSD) divisions. He will be responsible for all customer-facing sales channels (retail, contract, direct and e-commerce) and P&L in North America.

"For the first time, we are consolidating all of our North American operations under one leader, allowing us to break down silos, increase our productivity and improve the execution of our key initiatives," said Neil Austrian, chairman and CEO.

Kevin Peters joined Office Depot as EVP supply chain in October 2007 and was appointed EVP supply chain and information technology in March 2009.

He was named president, North American Retail, in April 2010.

Prior to joining Office Depot, Peters worked at W.W. Grainger, as SVP supply chain and merchandising. He also spent 11 years at Home Depot, serving as VP and general manager, Home Depot Commercial Direct, and VP supply chain and merchandising.

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