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Lowe’s to hire 25,000 seasonal employees

BY Dan Berthiaume

Mooresville, N.C. — Lowe’s plans to hire approximately 25,000 seasonal employees at its stores in the U.S. during spring, its busiest season. Seasonal jobs available are focused on customer support and include cashiers, lawn and garden employees, loaders, and stockers.

The number of hours worked per week will vary based on the needs of individual stores, but, on average, seasonal employees could work an estimated 20 or more hours per week. The length of the seasonal employment varies; however, seasonal employees are most needed in spring and summer months, typically from February until September. The company plans to hire and train new seasonal employees first in areas where the climate has begun to warm, and continue on a market-by-market basis by climate and geography. Hiring has already begun in Florida, south Texas, Arizona and southern California where warmer, spring-like temperatures are arriving.

"Warmer temperatures stir homeowners to get started on projects they’ve planned during winter and they are often challenged when choosing the right products and solutions for their homes," said Scott Purvis, VP, human resources, operations. "As Spring arrives, our stores are stocked with popular new tools, lawn and garden, paint and patio products. We want our stores staffed with knowledgeable employees who provide exceptional service and make shopping and selection easier for our customers."

Rival home improvement retailer Home Depot recently announced it will hire 80,000 seasonal spring employees.

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Foot Locker elects Smucker exec to board

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York – The board of directors of Foot Locker Inc. has elected Steven Oakland as a director of the company. Oakland is currently president -international, foodservice, and natural foods of The J.M. Smucker Company.

Oakland has spent the bulk of his career at The J.M. Smucker Company, serving in increasingly senior positions. He has extensive experience in domestic and international retail operations at the company, having also served as president of U.S. Retail for Smucker’s, Jif, and Hungry Jack.

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Visible Brands adds P&G vet, Safeway board member to board, council

BY Dan Berthiaume

Kirkland, Wash. – Digital coupon provider VisibleBrands has added former Procter & Gamble VP Jan Murley to its board of directors, while former Safeway Stores board member Rebecca Stirn was added to the company’s advisory council.

Murley was a 23-year marketing veteran with Procter and Gamble and was the VP of its skin care division. Stirn was on Safeway’s board of directors from 1999 to 2010. She has more than two decades of executive marketing experience with a variety of industries.

“The addition of these two highly respected industry executives to our team from opposite ends of the grocery marketing spectrum will allow us to make smarter decisions going forward, as well as provide an added stamp of credibility and validation as we continue to forge a new path in the $100 billion U.S. couponing industry,” said Tim Belvin, CEO of Visible Brands.

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