True Value names new VP
Chicago-based hardware co-op True Value Co, announced the appointment of Robert Young to divisional VP for the paint, hardware and tool departments, effective January 2011.
Young joined the company from Briggs & Stratton Corp., where he served as VP/general manager of business units and oversaw product development, brand management and engineering of key power products. Young has more than 20 years experience in retail and merchandising roles, and has held positions of increasing responsibility in growing sales and profits.
“I am excited and proud to join such a respected retail brand as True Value,” Young said. “I’m looking forward to getting to know my teams and leveraging what I know about the home improvement and retail industries to make an impact in my new position."
Do it Best open buy day attracts 70 vendors
More than 70 potential new suppliers met with Do it Best merchandise managers at their Fort Wayne, Ind., headquarters during an open buying day Nov. 30.
“This was a great opportunity for our merchandise managers to meet with new vendors we have not done business with previously, to learn about their products, and to discover new sources of supply for our members” said Steve Markley, VP merchandising for Do it Best Corp.
The event, which event provided manufacturers with selling opportunities to expand their markets, was coordinated and promoted by the Home Improvement Industry Presidents Council.
Black & Decker re-launches website
Towson, Md.- based Black & Decker announced Monday that it has re-launched its website blackanddecker.com after an extensive upgrade.
The new site aims to provide an improved resource for its DIY customers, the company said.
The site features new additions, such as an interactive project section where visitors can contribute projects and questions to other DIYers. The new project section also features step-by-step project guides and provides before and after images.
“The redesign of BlackandDecker.com came as a result of our online users’ feedback,” said Terry Rakosky, VP brand marketing for Black & Decker. “When we create products, it’s with the human experience in mind, and the same is true for our online resources.”
The new site also features updated navigation to help users locate and identify products, projects and customer service much easier, the company said.
Visitors can also leave product reviews and recommendations. Black & Decker has also integrated its website with social networking sites, allowing users to link directly to Facebook and Twitter and become fans.
“We believe — with all of these new resources readily available — visitors to the new BlackandDecker.com will come back to the site often to research products, get advice and find step-by-step project plans,” Rakosky added.