SUPPLY CHAIN

Home Depot opens direct fulfillment center to support online

BY Marianne Wilson

Atlanta — The Home Depot announced the opening of its new direct fulfillment center, in Locust Grove, Ga. It is the first of three such facilities the company will open across the United States over the next two years, adding more than three million square feet and approximately 1,000 jobs to its supply chain.

The new distribution centers will increase the number of orders the company can ship the day they are received, increasing the speed of delivery for HomeDepot.com orders. The company is also enabling faster order picking and shipping through new warehouse management and material handling systems.

"This is a significant investment in our ability to say yes to customers with confidence," said Mark Holifield, senior VP – supply chain. "Yes, you have access to our entire inventory to fulfill your order. Yes, you can expect a speedy delivery. And yes, you can rely on information updates about your delivery."

The DFCs will stock approximately 100,000 products, extending The Home Depot aisle beyond the 35,000 products typically available at the average physical store.

Future DFCs are scheduled to open in Perris, Calif., and Troy, Ohio.

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REAL ESTATE

Silver Jeans Co. to open at Woodfield Center

BY Marianne Wilson

Winnipeg, Manitoba — Silver Jeans Co. will open a store at Woodfield Mall on April 11, in Schaumburg, Ill.

"We put a lot of work into making sure the store environment represents our brand," says Michael Silver, CEO, Silver Jeans Co. "Consumers will be able to experience our brand values by visiting one of our lofts. We’ve created an environment that has a comfortable modern feeling but also lets our guests know that we’re a historic brand with a rich 92-year history."

The 2,058-sq.-ft. store at Woodfield Mall is designed to provide consumers with a unique and creative denim experience. From the unique sliding loft doors to the hanging hammock and eclectic mix of chairs throughout, the store was designed with a playful and fun feel. The rustic wood paneling, craftsman style denim bar and vintage Western Glove Works factory photos reflect the Silver Jeans Co. heritage.

The store will also feature the latest in digital technology with an innovative mobile point of sale system. A 6-ft. media wall displaying the latest campaign and breakthrough music videos as well as behind the scenes features from Silver Jeans Co. campaign photo shoots will be the centerpiece.

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FINANCE

Hudson’ Bay Co.’s CFO resigns

BY Staff Writer

Toronto — Michael Culhane, CFO of Hudson’s Bay Company, has resigned following a leave of absence from the company.

Culhane went on personal leave on January 22, at which time COO and president Donald Watros was appointed acting CFO. He will continue in that role until a permanent replacement is named.

“This is the ideal time for me to leave HBC as the company is well positioned for the future,” said Culhane. “I wish all of HBC’s associates and business partners continued success.”

The retailer has engaged a leading executive search firm to assist in recruiting a new CFO.

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