Report: Home Depot Shifts Night Crews
Atlanta The Home Depot Inc. plans to reassign overnight-shift employees to days at its lower-volume stores, a change that puts more workers on the sales floor without raising costs, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Combined with a change in how products are ordered, the work-force reassignment is part of the company’s push on customer service, according to Paul Raines, Home Depot’s executive VP for stores. The switch won’t reduce employees’ hours or result in layoffs.
The change could affect as many as half of the company’s 2,000 U.S. stores, the report said.
The decision reverses a plan implemented several years ago by former Home Depot CEO Robert Nardelli, who switched freight receiving and stocking to overnight hours in order to reduce aisle clutter and safety concerns caused by forklifts operating during busy daytime hours. However, the change led to complaints of poor customer service.
Cosmetics Veteran to Lead Victoria’s Secret Beauty Division
Columbus, Ohio Limited Brands Inc. has hired cosmetics-industry veteran Shashi Batra to serve as president of Victoria’s Secret Beauty business, effective Jan. 22.
Batra previously served as president of N.V. Perricone, a cosmetics company that sells topicals and dietary supplements. He’s also a founding member of Sephora USA.
Batra replaces former Victoria’s Secret beauty president Christine Beauchamp, who announced plans to resign in late 2007 because of changes to her role through a company restructuring.
Big Lots Executive VP Retires
Columbus, Ohio Big Lots Inc. said Wednesday Donald Mierzwa, executive VP for store operations, will retire after 19 years with the company.
Mierzwa oversaw store operations at the chain’s 1,300 stores. The company said it is currently searching for a replacement.