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Software company hires home-builder purchasing exec

BY CSA STAFF

Hyphen Solutions has appointed Ken Pinto, a former supply chain executive for Toll Bros. and other national home builders, as its VP supply chain.

Pinto brings 21 years of supply chain management expertise to Hyphen’s real estate and software management team. He most recently served as the director of supply chain at Toll Bros. and has held similar positions at Standard Pacific and Pulte Homes. Pinto also heads the Supply Chain Benchmark Group, which is a coalition of the purchasing leaders of some of the largest home builders in the United States.

"[Pinto] brings a vast amount of home-builder knowledge related to integrated supply chain processes to our company. In his new role, he will be able to focus on driving industry-leading change that benefits both builders and their supply chain partners," said David Deniger, chairman of the board at Hyphen.

Hyphen’s president Felix Vasquez said: "[Pinto] will initially focus his efforts on our eBuilderHub.com division, where we expect to provide increased product visibility to manufacturers and distributors, while delivering cost-reducing software and process efficiencies to local and regional home builders."

Based in Dallas, Hyphen Solutions provides 17,000 users with supply chain management, collaborationand scheduling solutions for North America’s home builders and their suppliers. According to the company’s announcement, 10 of the top 15 home builders and 99 of the top LBM suppliers already utilize Hyphen’s software.

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Equality advances evident at retail and CPG

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Nineteen of the nation’s leading retail and CPG companies received perfect scores on the 2013 Corporate Equality Index compiled by the Human Rights Campaign.

The Human Rights Campaign released its 2013 Corporate Equality Index, which gives companies ratings of up to 100% based on their policies regarding LGBT employees and also released a buyer’s guide for LGBT consumers. According to the equality advocacy group, a total of 1,848 companies were invited to submit applications, of those 530 actually did so and of those 252 received scores of 100%.

Among the retailers receiving perfect scores were Best Buy, Gamestop, Gap, The Limited, Nordstrom, Office Depot, Sears, Staples, Target and Walgreens. Costco received a 95% rating; Safeway and Kroger received 85%; Rite Aid, CVS and Walmart received 60%; Ahold received 55%; . Meanwhile, Dollar General received 45%; BJ’s Wholesale received 35%; Family Dollar received 30%; and Meijer received 25%. Winn-Dixie received a 15% rating.

In the Buyer’s Guide, Delhaize, Sears, Supervalu, Target and Walgreens got 100% scores, while Costco got a 90% rating. Kroger and Safeway got 85% ratings, while Walmart, CVS and Rite Aid got 60% ratings, and Ahold got a 55% rating. BJ’s and H-E-B got a 35% and 40% rating, respectively, while Meijer and Family Dollar respectively received 25% and 30% ratings. Winn-Dixie and Weis Markets got 15%, while A&P, Harris Teeter and Publix got 0% ratings.

Companies were evaluated based on policies like spousal and partner medical benefits, non-discrimination policies, efforts to recruit LGBT employees, marketing to LGBT consumers and support for LGBT organizations and philanthropic efforts.

The report noted that 83% of employers on the list had an LGBT employee-resource group or diversity panel, compared with 78% in 2008 and 40% in 2002, while 89% offer health insurance for same-sex domestic partners.

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Amazon seeks to make life entertaining with A+E

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SEATTLE — Amazon.com has entered into a content licensing agreement with A+E Networks to add prior seasons of series from A&E, Bio, History and Lifetime to the Prime Instant Video service.

Prime Instant Video now features more than 33,000 movies and TV episodes for Amazon Prime members to stream instantly, at no additional cost, on Kindle Fire HD or any of the hundreds of compatible Amazon Instant Video devices, including iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Roku, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and the Wii U.

“In a year we have more than doubled the Prime Instant Video selection for our Prime members,” said Brad Beale, director of digital video content acquisition for Amazon. “We remain focused on adding TV episodes and movies to Prime Instant Video that we think our customers will enjoy. A+E Networks has some of the most popular shows on television and we know our customers will love streaming the A+E content with Prime Instant Video.”

The deal with A+E Networks will bring Prime customers more TV episodes from programming such as Pawn Stars, Storage Wars and Dance Moms, which are also available for purchase through Amazon Instant Video.

Amazon Prime is the retailer’s annual membership program that offers members unlimited free two-day shipping on a vast assortment of items for a flat annual fee of $79. Amazon Prime members also have access to unlimited instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV episodes and access to hundreds of thousands of books to borrow free, as frequently as a book a month, with no due dates from a Kindle device. Amazon Instant Video is a digital video streaming and download service that offers Amazon customers the ability to rent, purchase or subscribe to a vast catalog of videos.

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