Web-Only Merchants – A Dutch e-retailer will launch a localized site for Chinese consumers – Internet Retailer
“On behalf of the board, I want to thank Frank for the job he has done over the last seven years,” said Greg Brenneman, the board’s lead director. “Among his many accomplishments, Frank has built a world-class leadership team. We are fortunate to have a leader of Craig’s capabilities as our new CEO.” The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,265 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2013, The Home Depot had sales of $78.8 billion and earnings of $5.4 billion. The company employs more than 300,000 associates.
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Home Depot Names Craig Menear to Succeed Blake as CEO – Bloomberg
Blake, 65, has been CEO since 2007 and will remain chairman. Menear, whos been with the chain since 1997, will join him on the board immediately. Home Depot, the largest home-improvement chain, has boosted profit for five straight years as the recovering U.S. housing market encouraged homeowners to spend more on renovations. The chain, which earlier this week posted second-quarter earnings that topped analysts estimates, now will look to continue that streak as higher interest rates and sluggish wage gains threaten to cool that growth. It wont be a difficult transition, said Jaime Katz, an analyst for Morningstar Inc.
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MetricStream’s solution will help Leroy Merlin streamline, automate, and integrate a range of quality assurance and product safety compliance processes, including quality audits, inspections, product compliance risk assessments, product testing, preventive actions, and curative actions such as the treatment of non-compliance, product blocking, and recall management. The proposed EU product safety and market surveillance package has both legislative and non-legislative measures to improve consumer product safety and to strengthen market surveillance of products across 27 EU Member States. Using the solution, Leroy Merlin will gain a complete and real-time view of quality assurance and product safety compliance activities across the enterprise and supply chain. This improved visibility will enable the company to proactively prevent quality issues, and strengthen compliance with regulations such as the EU proposal for Product Safety and Market Surveillance.
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Leroy Merlin Chooses MetricStream for Quality and EU Product Safety Compliance Mana
Buikema says he also decided to operate the two sites independently, rather than have two languages under the HollandBoutique.com URL, because he found Google Inc. didnt index the Chinese content. Technically, viewing English or Chinese [on one site] works, but from an SEO point of view, its a mess, he says.
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