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Home Depot plans 80,000 spring hires

BY Dan Berthiaume

Atlanta – The Home Depot has begun filling more than 80,000 seasonal positions as it prepares for spring, the company’s busiest selling season. Job opportunities are available on a market-by-market basis, based on individual store needs and geographical variance in climate.

Home Depot says college students, retirees, veterans and reservists are encouraged to apply. All applicants must apply online. The retailer also hired 80,000 seasonal employees in spring 2012.

"Spring is our peak hiring season, giving us the opportunity to find some of the best associates who are passionate about customer service," said Tim Crow, executive VP human resources.

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Family Dollar renews merchandising contract with SPAR Group

BY Dan Berthiaume

Charlotte, N.C. – Family Dollar Stores Inc. has renewed its in-store merchandising services contract with SPAR Group Inc. for two years. SPAR Group has been servicing Family Dollar Stores since 2012 across more than 8,000 locations.

SPAR Group has completed various merchandising service programs including schematic resets, revisions, item cut-ins, returns, audits and recalls across nearly all categories including grocery, pet, party, household & chemical and paper goods.

"It has been a pleasure working with the SPAR Group team to date,” said Kelley Cooper, director of merchandising initiatives for Family Dollar Stores. “Their organization and ability to service the vast majority of our locations quickly and efficiently was key in our decision to renew our contract."

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Meijer launches omnichannel fashion campaign

BY Dan Berthiaume

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Meijer is launching a major initiative to upgrade its fashion offerings. The omnichannel initiative includes regional advertising in national fashion magazines, the distribution of a spring Look Book, and the use of social media, including Instagram, as well as a new website, meijerstyle.com.

Meijer’s style team is led by Lynn Hempe, the retailer’s group VP of softlines, and includes her buying team and input from fashion advisor, Mariana Keros,

"Restyling our fashion offerings is not only great for our customers, who are searching for on-trend fashion items at the right price, but it also enhances the Meijer promise of a one-stop shopping experience," said Peter Whitsett, executive VP of merchandising and marketing at Meijer. "We knew our investment was sound over the holiday season when apparel realized a nearly 20% increase in sales."

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