Throwback Thursday: Channel’s spirit of 76
A 1976 issue of National Home Center News, the forerunner of HBSDealer, included an article examining the patriotic advertising campaign from Channel Home Centers.
As the national Bicentennial Celebration was raging, the Whippany, New Jersey-based home center appealed to the home owner's sense of patriotism and craftsmanship.
"Channel salutes the American Craftsman, today's Do-It-Yourselfer who, in the Best American Tradition, practices the Creativity and Thrift that come from Improving and Maintaining his Home," reads the copy.
The series of ads included some of America's greatest founding fathers, including Ben Franklin, described as "Perhaps the most many-sided handyman in American history."
Channel was a strong brand in history-rich Philadelphia, New York and New Jersey, until the company was acquired by a venture capital firm and merged into its competitor Rickels.
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Natural pet food retailer on expansion track
Bentley’s Pet Stuff is on the move.
The family-owned retailer, which specializes in the fast-growing segment of natural pet food, will open nine stores in December, with locations in Milwaukee, Colorado, Minneapolis and Chicago.
The new locations include Bayview, Racine, Menomonee Falls, New Berlin, Delafield and Fox Point (all in the Milwaukee area); Stillwater in the Minneapolis area; Greenwood, Colorado; and one in Chicago.
Founded in 2008, Bentley's currently operates 41 locations in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Georgia and Colorado, with 100 projected stores by spring 2017. It is one of the largest independent natural pet supply retailers. In addition to food products, stores sell a variety of pet treats, toys, and accessories.
Home Depot’s responsibility report
The Home Depot has issued the results of its 2016 corporate responsibility report, of which its renewable energy initiative figured front and center.
This initiative involves a commitment to procure 135 megawatts of renewable energy by the end of 2020. Right now, Home Depot's energy management team is planning to increase renewable energy capacity through new solar and wind projects over the next several months.
More than 12,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of energy are being procured annually from offsite solar farms in Delaware and Massachusetts. In addition to that, nearly 150 stores and distribution centers are using fuel cell technology.
Some other highlights:
The company put 4,000 fewer trucks on the road than previous year due to supply chain optimization efforts. This resulted in a reduction of more than 4,100 metric tons of carbon emissions.
Home Depot now offers more than 29,000 environmentally preferable products.
Through sales of Energy Star products, Home Depot reduced customers' carbon emissions by about 4 million metric tons. WaterSense products saved customers more than 70 billion gallons of water.
Home Depot scored 99 out of 100 in the Carbon Disclosure Project.
- The Home Depot Foundation increased its financial commitment to veteran-related causes to $250 million by 2020.
The report took a look at the company's community and charitable giving, workplace, sustainability and environmental initiatives.
For a look at the full report, click here.