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Home Depot promotes finance exec to merchandising VP

BY Dan Berthiaume

Atlanta – The Home Depot Inc. has promoted Ted Decker to executive VP of merchandising, effective Aug. 4. Decker is a 14-year veteran of The Home Depot, where he most recently served as senior VP of retail finance, pricing analytics and assortment planning.

In his new role, Decker will be responsible for all aspects of merchandising strategy and operations, reporting to Craig Menear, president – U.S. retail. Prior to joining The Home Depot in 2000, Decker held various positions in strategic planning, business development, finance and treasury at Kimberly-Clark Corp. and Scott Paper Co.

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Whole Foods to expand loyalty, marketing, home delivery

BY Dan Berthiaume

Austin, Texas – Whole Foods plans to expand its loyalty, marketing and home delivery programs. In a conference call with investors, co-CEO Walter Robb said Whole Foods will launch its first national marketing campaign in fall 2014, with a focus on how the retailer is better and different than its competitors.

In addition, Whole Foods will partner with third-party providers to offer home delivery in an additional 12-15 markets beyond New York, where it is currently running a home delivery pilot. The retailer will also pilot a new loyalty program in the near future, with wider rollout planned for the 2014 holiday season.

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Dollar General, Coupons.com introduce digital coupon program

BY Dan Berthiaume

Goodlettsville, Tenn. – Dollar General, in partnership with Coupons.com, completed the successful rollout of its new DG Digital Coupons program to its more than 11,300 stores across the 40 states the retailer serves. To use the DG Digital Coupon Program, customers may sign up either online or in stores using a numeric identification number, which is typically their telephone number.

After signing up, customers can select the most relevant coupons to be added to their profile and the discounts are then applied to a customer’s purchase at checkout when they purchase eligible items.

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