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Home Deport receives 'A List' environmental rating

The Home Depot has been recognised as a global leader on corporate climate action for its efforts to reduce its environmental impact and build a more sustainable future for consumers and their homes. 
24 January 2020

Castorama opens its 80th store in Poland

Castorama Poland has opened its 80th store, in Ciechanów (c.50 miles away from Warsaw) . The chain’s first store in the area offers products and services for all projects within the home and garden. 
30 December 2019

BMF seeks for Government to start work

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is calling for swift action from the new Conservative Government to transform the construction industry. 
13 December 2019

Home Depot forecasting growth

The Home Depot, the world's largest home improvement retailer, will host its 2019 Investor and Analyst Conference today (11 December), where it will provide an update on key strategic priorities and discuss its preliminary outlook for Fiscal Year 2020. 
11 December 2019

Walmart launches new tool line

Walmart has launched a new, exclusive tool line called HART, available only at Walmart. 
22 November 2019

CanStar NZ wins best DIY store in New Zealand

With its wide variety of products and expert service, Mitre 10 has won Canstar Blue’s Most Satisfied Customers Award – DIY stores 2019. 
24 October 2019

Alain Rabec appointed as CEO, Kingfisher France

Kingfisher plc, the home improvement company, has announced the appointment of Alain Rabec as CEO of Kingfisher France, which includes the Castorama and Brico Dépôt businesses. He will be responsible for over 200 stores, 20,000 colleagues and £4bn ... 
1 October 2019

Amazon reveals plans for two new robotics fulfilment centres in US

The online retail giant has announced plans to expand into Ohio with the creation of two new Amazon robotics fulfilment centres.The new fulfilment centres in Akron and Rossford will occupy a footprint of more than 700,000sq ft each and will be used ... 
25 July 2019

Ikea closes production factory in US

Ikea Industry has announced that it will discontinue production at its Danville, VA location in December 2019. The plant, which has been operating since 2008 and currently employs 300 co-workers, produces wood-based furniture for Ikea retail stores ... 
15 July 2019

Akzo Nobel invests in major site upgrade in US

The Dutch coatings giant has made a multi-million dollar investment in transforming its wood coatings facility in High Point, North Carolina, into a best-in-class manufacturing site – with a view to strengthening the company's market position in the ... 
2 April 2019
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