Lowe’s to open new customer support center in New Mexico
Mooresville, N.C. — Lowe’s said Thursday it will open a new Customer Support Center in Albuquerque, N.M., in first quarter 2012.
The center is estimated to create 250 jobs by March and a total of 600 jobs by the end of 2013.
Lowe’s said it plans to invest more than $15 million to renovate leased space in a 65,000-sq.-ft. building which, when complete, will provide multiple support functions including customer care, store support, internet sales support and repair services for customers. The new center is intended to complement the company’s existing Customer Support Center in Wilkesboro, N.C.
National Lumber & Hardware to roll out Cardtronics ATMs
Houston — ATM owner Cardtronics said Thursday it has forged a long-term agreement in Puerto Rico with National Lumber & Hardware to install ATMs at 38 locations for the home improvement and interior design retailer.
National Lumber & Hardware is a division of Pitusa, the island’s largest Puerto Rico-based retailer.
In a development linked to Cardtronics’ newly formed relationship with National Lumber & Hardware — as well as a separate ATM branding contract announced in 2010 — Scotiabank will place its brand on all 38 Cardtronics-owned and operated ATMs placed in National Lumber & Hardware stores. Including the National Lumber & Hardware locations, Cardtronics’ ATM branding program has enabled Scotiabank to create convenient surcharge-free ATM access for its customers at more than 90 well-known convenience, grocery and home goods stores and hotel/hospitality spots in Puerto Rico.
Barnes & Noble earns top rating in 2012 Corporate Equality Index
New York City — Barnes & Noble said Thursday it has earned the top rating of 100% for the fourth year in a row in the 2012 Corporate Equality Index, an annual survey administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
Barnes & Noble joins the ranks of 190 other major U.S. businesses, which received top marks for their treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees and consumers.
"It is an honor to be recognized once again by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for our dedication to recruiting the best and most diverse talent and providing them with expanded and competitive benefits," said Michelle Smith, VP of human resources for Barnes & Noble.
The CEI rated 638 businesses in total on a scale from 0 to 100%, evaluating LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination policies, transgender health benefits and domestic partner benefits.