OfficeMax Consolidates Corporate Headquarters
Itasca, Ill., OfficeMax Inc. will consolidate its headquarters in Illinois. It expects to choose a Chicago-area location for the headquarters by the end of September 2005. Currently, OfficeMax’s corporate headquarters is located in Itasca, Ill., and its retail headquarters is in Shaker Heights, Ohio.
Sam Duncan, president and CEO of OfficeMax, said, “Bringing our headquarters’ associates together is a normal progression of the company’s integration efforts and we believe it will facilitate customer service as well as provide better support for our retail and contract businesses. We will emphasize a smooth transition as we consolidate our headquarters, keeping the need of our customers and our associates a priority.”
Target Adds Smith & Hawken to Stores
Minneapolis, Target has signed a deal with Smith & Hawken that will bring the upscale gardening and outdoor living brand to Target garden centers by late this year and to Target stores nationwide by March 2006.
According to Smith & Hawken president Barry Sanders, the company will design an exclusive line of items specifically for Target.
Sears Hiring Once More
Hoffman Estates, Ill., Four months after firing 850 workers, Sears Holding Corp. has posted nearly 100 help-wanted notices on Monster.com. The corporate headquarters jobs range from women’s apparel buyer to VP of financial services.
Some Sears workers who lost their jobs in April are speculating that the new jobs will be on a different pay structure than prior jobs—lowering base salaries to bring costs down.