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Crescent rolls out Diamond Tip screwdrivers

BY HBSDealer Staff

Crescent, a hand tool brand from Sparks, Md.-based Apex Tool Group, introduced its Diamond Tip Screwdrivers. The tools are initially available in Phillips and slotted styles.

The most important feature of these new screwdrivers, according to the company, is their diamond tips. A diamond-infused powder coating gives the tips up to four times the grip of non-coated tips, greatly reducing slippage and cam-out, the company said. The handle design features thermoplastic rubber molded over a tri‑lobe shaped acetate core. The grip and comfort provided by the tri‑lobe design allows users to apply up to 20% more torque than with more traditional handle styles. The translucent acetate used on the handles is also specially formulated to provide superior impact and UV resistance.

“Users are looking for screwdrivers that will allow them to apply greater torque and get jobs done faster,” said Kevin Burnet, product manager. “These new diamond-tipped screwdrivers do all of that.”

Slotted styles feature square shanks and red acetate handle bases. Phillips styles have round shanks with blue handles. All styles have black oxide blades with laser-etched markings. Size markings on the ends of each handle allow easy identification when carried in a tool belt.

The new Crescent Diamond Tip Screwdrivers are available as a 4-piece set.

 

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The Home Depot launches new self-scheduling interview tool

BY HBSDealer Staff

The Home Depot has launched a new self-scheduling tool to fill its ranks for the upcoming spring and summer busy season.

The Atlanta-based retailer also said it plans to hire as many as 80,000 new associates who will be able to self-schedule in-person interviews. Candidates who have completed an application can choose their own available appointment time for an interview. The Home Depot said that roughly 80% of the company’s job candidates have used the tool since a pilot was launched last November. The tool is available 24/7 on any device, The Home Depot said.

"Just as we're continuously evolving to meet the changing expectations of our customers, we're harnessing new technologies to do the same for job seekers," said Tim Hourigan, The Home Depot EVP of Human Resources. "This consumer-like experience helps us hire the best talent to serve our customers."

Candidate Self-Service is the latest in a series of enhancements The Home Depot has made to its application process. Last spring, the company saw a 50% increase in candidates after rolling out its 15-minute application, Mobile Apply and Text-to-Apply capabilities.

The company is also changing up its onboarding experience this spring with the introduction of PocketGuide. The program allows for associate training through a mobile application with product knowledge and learning activities delivered to the palm of an associate's hand. PocketGuide is expected to significantly reduce backroom training and will be rolled out to all garden associates for this spring season. The program then be expand to more store departments throughout 2018.

The Home Depot said that time that associates accrue during their seasonal assignments generally applies to eligibility for benefits, including profit-sharing bonuses and vacation, if they transition to a permanent position with the company.

Lowe’s, The Home Depot’s chief rival, announced a hiring push of its own last month and plans to hire as many as 53,000 new associates. 

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It’s hydroponics — but not that kind

BY Ken Clark

In the arena of indoor gardening, the term “hydroponics” has taken root as a high-falutin term for marijuana cultivation. According to High Times magazine, the term “hydro” has even entered the pot smoker’s lexicon as a synonym for high-quality buds.

Although it is associated with the movement toward legalization or decriminalization of  marijuana, there’s more to hydroponics (essentially, a method of growing plants in water) than growing plants to smoke. For instance, there’s nutritower — the Indoor Hydroponic Gardening System. The system encourages homeowners to “Harvest fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs indoors all year round right in the comfort of your home.”

The nutritower system stands about five-foot tall with vertical lamps and a drip irrigation system to feed plants the nutrients they need to grow. Lettuce, greens, herbs and fruits and vegetables are all listed in the company’s brochure as the plants for irresistible meals.

According to Kassandra Jordan, business development manager for the Montreal-based company, nutritower attempts to distance itself from the pot-smoking connotation of “hydroponics.” An example of the challenge before her is the long conversation with border-crossing customs officials, who she said seemed suspicious of the hydroponic products.

At nutritower, the marketing focus is squarely on healthy food to eat, as opposed to plants to smoke. And she added that the nutritower has particular appeal in climates with longer winters.

The MSRP for the nutritower is a little more than $1,000. The product was conspiculously displayed in the Lawn and Garden area at the recent True Value Reunion in Washington, D.C.

Indoor gardening and small space gardening are two of the fastest growing areas of the lawn and garden category, said Antoine Hinton, senior global product merchant for True Value Company. “A lot of people hear ‘hydroponics’ and they think pot growing,” said Hinton. “But it’s more than that.”

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K.Jordan says:
Feb-15-2018 05:40 pm

Thanks to Ken Clark for this
Thanks to Ken Clark for this article. For more information about the Nutritower, please contact us at [email protected] or check us out on www.nutritower.com 800-721-8419

K.Jordan says:
Feb-15-2018 05:40 pm

Thanks to Ken Clark for this
Thanks to Ken Clark for this article. For more information about the Nutritower, please contact us at [email protected] or check us out on www.nutritower.com 800-721-8419

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