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Tractor Supply adds a director

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Tractor Supply Company's board of directors has welcomed its newest member, Keith Halbert, a former Home Depot executive.

Halbert is currently the founder and president of The HalbertGroup, an information technology consulting company.

Halbert's career spans 34 years of information technology, supply chain and business systems experience and includes stints at 12 Fortune 100 companies. He has previously worked for United Continental Holdings, United Airlines, Electronic Data Systems, Home Depot, First Data Corporation, and Delta Air Lines.

He has worked in various industries, including financial services, retail, communications, transportation, insurance and information technology services.

"Keith is a proven IT veteran with a long track record of leadership success, and we are thrilled that he will be joining the Tractor Supply board of directors," said Tractor Supply chairman Cynthia Jamison. "As we continue to invest in systems and information technology plays a bigger role in the business, Keith's deep IT knowledge and risk management expertise will be a valuable asset to the Tractor Supply team."

"I'm honored to be joining Tractor Supply's board of directors and helping to improve upon the company's impressive business operations and overall growth," said Halbert. "I look forward to leveraging my experience around technology and IT systems, to serve Tractor Supply as it solidifies its position as the most dependable supplier of every-day products for the rural lifestyle."

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Home Depot gears up for annual hiring spree

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Just days after Lowe's announced its own seasonal hiring spree, The Home Depot has opened up its ranks to more than 80,000 new employees.

"Spring is a great time to join The Home Depot, where you can work alongside a fun, energetic team that's passionate about the latest home improvement innovations and great customer service," said Tim Crow, executive VP human resources.

The open positions are for retail locations and distribution facilities, including sales associates, cashiers, and roles in operations and online order fulfillment.

Additionally, seasonal hires who become permanent associates can put their spring hours toward benefits such as the "Success Sharing" profit-sharing program, 401k match and tuition assistance.

Last but not least, Home Depot is doing things a bit differently this spring. Associates will be equipped with the latest incarnation of Home Depot's in-store mobile technology, the FIRST Phone. The phones help employees speed up the checkout process, conduct mobile check-outs anywhere on premises, locate products, check inventory, and look up product information.

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HBSDealer Stock Watch: Monday slump

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Stocks were fairly depressed at Monday's close, with Sears Hometown (SHOS) leading the charge at a decrease of 3.63%.

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