Feb 19, 2020
Home Depot Announces Spring Hiring Plans By Tim Hodson

On Feb. 11, the Home Depot said it would be hiring 80,000 employees this spring in preparation for its busiest season of the year.

This follows the January announcement from Lowe’s that it planned to hire 53,000 full-time, part-time and seasonal associates for its 1,700+ stores in the United States.

According to Home Depot, jobseekers will be able to apply for both full-time and part-time positions close to home, as 90% of the U.S. population lives within 10 miles of a Home Depot store. The home improvement retailer has nearly 2,300 store in the U.S.

Many of the part-time positions will be staffed in Depot’s garden center, which gives associates “a chance to work with their hands and help neighbors start spring projects.”

To help employees get up to speed quickly, the company provides innovative training programs and tools, including a game-ified mobile app, e-learning and on-the-job coaching.

To entice new employees, the Home Depot provides tailored benefits to support any stage of life for all part-time and full-time associates, including tuition reimbursement, backup dependent care for children and elders, and discounts on store items. Additionally, all associates are eligible for paid family leave after one year of service.

You can find out more about the hiring plan at careers.homedepot.com or text JOBS to 52270 to learn about local positions.

— Tim


Lowe’s Launches Kids Workshops

Earlier this month, Lowe’s began offering free monthly Kids’ Workshops at each of its stores. The workshops will take place on the second Saturday of each month. The workshops are designed for kids ages 4-11. Workshops are facilitated by Lowe’s Workshop Captains who oversee the projects. Each participant receives a free apron, project merit patch, goggles and wooden project kit that takes approximately 15-30 minutes to complete. “We want to inspire the next generation of do-it-yourselfers and our Kids’ Workshops offer a meaningful way for customers and their families to learn new skills together,” said Scott Draher, V.P. store operations.

Tractor Supply Promotes Execs

Tractor Supply Co. recently announced key management promotions: Seth Estep, senior vice president of general merchandising, to executive vice president, chief merchandising officer; John Ordus, senior vice president of store operations, to executive vice president, chief stores officer; and Colin Yankee, senior vice president of supply chain, to executive vice president, chief supply chain officer. In addition, Yankee and Christi Korzekwa, senior vice president of marketing, have been named to its Executive Committee of which Estep and Ordus were already members.

Kroger Recognized for Supporting Women-Owned Businesses

For the sixth consecutive year, the Kroger Co. has been named one of America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). The annual list honors corporations that have established a sustained commitment to the inclusion of women-owned businesses in their supply chains. Among the company’s 2019 Women’s Business Enterprise highlights: The grocery chain invested an additional $163 million with women-owned businesses across its supply chain; and established 234 new WBE supplier partnerships, a 57% increase from 2018.

Tim Hodson

Tim Hodson is the editorial director of GPN and Big Grower. He can be reached at [email protected]

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