Peterson to head IRI Global Retail
CHICAGO Information Resources Inc., a global provider of consumer, shopper, and market insights for the consumer packaged goods, retail, and health care industries, announced today that Thomas Peterson, formerly general manager of IBM’s consumer products industry business, has joined the company as president of IRI Global Retail.
“Tom brings a special level of expertise and history of generating growth that has earned him an outstanding reputation within the technology and business communities at large,” said IRI president and ceo John Freeland. “His experience will be invaluable as IRI continues to introduce new retail-oriented, high-value solutions that enable our CPG, retail, and healthcare clients to drive significant revenue and productivity growth.”
Peterson brings more than 25 years of experience coordinating and marketing IBM’s valued services and technology solutions to consumer products companies. In his most recent position, he held P&L responsibility for a rapidly expanding $2 billion business within IBM. Among IBM’s CPG customers include The Coca-Cola Company, Kraft/Phillip Morris, Pepsi, Procter and Gamble, and Unilever.
Home Depot 4Q Sales Decline
Atlanta The Home Depot announced Tuesday that its fourth-quarter profit fell more than 27% and that a suffering housing market contributed to the first annual sales decline for the world’s largest home-improvement store chain.
Home Depot said it earned $671 million in the three months ending Feb. 3, compared with a profit of $925 million in the same period a year earlier.
Despite an extra sales week, revenue in the quarter rose only 1.5% to $17.66 billion, compared with $17.4 billion a year earlier. Excluding that extra week, fourth-quarter sales declined 4.7% compared with a year ago.
Revenue for fiscal 2007 declined 2.1% to $77.35 billion. Spokesman Ron DeFeo said that was the first-ever annual sales decline for Home Depot.
Same-store sales declined 8.3% in the quarter. The company’s average sales ticket declined 2.3% to $54.96 in the quarter, compared with $56.27 a year ago.
The company said it expects to see a total sales decline in fiscal 2008 of 4% to 5%.
Home Depot said it plans to open only 55 new stores this year. That’s about half as many as it opened last year. Home Depot has been scaling back the number of new store openings in recent years.
Dell, Sam’s Club help consumers go green
ROUND ROCK, Texas and BENTONVILLE, Ark. Dell has partnered with Sam’s Club to help consumers offset their impact on their environment when they purchase a laptop or desktop. Through its “Plant a Tree for Me” program, shoppers on samsclub.com can make donations toward reducing carbon dioxide in the air.
Through the program, customers contribute $2 for a laptop and $6 for a desktop, with the money going toward the planting of trees that absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Dell partners with The Conservation Fund and the Carbonfund.org, non-profit organizations that plant trees in sustainably managed reforestation projects.
“Our success in addressing climate change, energy depletion and other global challenges ultimately depends on our ability to empower and inspire the ReGeneration, people of all ages who care about the environment,” said Tod Arbogast, director of sustainable business at Dell. “Programs like ‘Plant a Tree for Me’ provide a simple and tangible way to make a difference.”