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mercoledì 25 gennaio 2012

THE HOME DEPOT

“The Beginning - The Home Depot was founded in 1978 by Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank. Along with investment banker Ken Langone and merchandising guru Pat Farrah, the founders’ vision of one-stop shopping for the do-it-yourselfer came to fruition when they opened the first two Home Depot stores on June 22, 1979, in Atlanta, Georgia. The first stores, at around 60,000 square feet each, were cavernous warehouses that dwarfed the competition and stocked 25,000 SKUs, much more than the average hardware store at that time. Empty boxes piled high on the shelves gave the illusion of even more product. From the start, associates were able to offer the best customer service in the industry, guiding customers through projects such as laying tile, changing a fill valve or handling a power tool. Not only did store associates undergo rigorous product knowledge training, but they also began offering clinics so customers could learn how to do it themselves. The Home Depot revolutionized the home improvement industry by bringing the know-how and the tools to the consumer and by saving them money. According to Bernie and Arthur, the customer has a bill of rights at The Home Depot, and this entitles the customer to the right assortment, quantities and price, along with trained associates on the sales floor who want to take care of customers. Their philosophy of customer service – “whatever it takes” – means cultivating a relationship with customers rather than merely completing a transaction. As Bernie says in Built from Scratch, “At the end of the day, we’re in the people business.”
A Story of Growth - The Home Depot is the fastest growing retailer in U.S. history. In 1981, the company went public on NASDAQ and moved to the New York Stock Exchange in 1984. The 1980s and 1990s spawned tremendous growth for the company, with 1989 marking the celebration of its 100th store opening. The company arrived in Canada with the acquisition of Aikenhead’s home improvement centers in 1994, and it began flying its flag proudly in Mexico in 2001 through the acquisition of Total HOME. In 2006, the company extended its reach to China by acquiring The Home Way, a 12 store chain. From the beginning, The Home Depot developed strategic product alliances directly with industry-leading manufacturers to deliver the most exclusive assortments to customers. Through a combination of national brands and proprietary products like Ryobi® tools, RIDGID® tools, BEHR® paint, LG® appliances, and Toro® and Cub Cadet® lawn equipment, the company sets the standard for innovative merchandise for the do-it-yourselfer and the professional contractor.
The Legend (The Home Depot Museum) - The Legend, our company museum, chronicles the history of The Home Depot and illustrates the values that set us apart. The Legend opened in 1999 at the Atlanta Store Support Center. It is primarily an internal educational tool for The Home Depot associates, their families, vendors and stockholders. The museum is open to groups on a limited basis by appointment only. Please contact us at (770) 433-8211 for more information.
 We collect and archive materials from the early days of The Home Depot to the present. If you are a past or current associate of The Home Depot and have items you would like to add to our collection, please contact us at (770) 433-8211 for more information.”

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domenica 22 marzo 2009

La Biennale del Mediterraneo a Taviano

l'opera qui riprodotta è di un'artista partecipante all'evento: Ma Lin

Avila Pedro | Pablo Diaz | Balsebre Vittorio | Barcelò Roberto | Basso Gianluca | Belik Anatoli Nikolaevich | Biwu Luo | Bondarenko Nikolai Nikiforovich | Bostokov | Botamanenko Oleg Ivanovich | Brahim Achir | Bourguet Mario | Valbuena Eduardo Nunez | Camejos Noammes Rosellò | Caputo Tonino | Chiesa Renato | Cobo Catalina | Coni Roberta | Corallo Giovanni | Dall’Olio Luca | D’Amore Tonino | DE Carvalho Andrea | De Lauri Maria Teresa | D’Elena Giuliano | Dell’Anna Giovanni | De Micco Simone, D’Orazio Fausto, Economidau M., Fiore Riccardo, Frassi G., Galeano Raimondo | Guido Rita | Guzman Cristobal Gonzales | Hagyea | Iatruli Lila | Iorizzo Michelino | Khokhlov Feder Ivanovich | Koka Idlir | Kosin Yakovlev M.N. | Kutorskoi Semen | Abramovic | Dekhis Amor | Labrada Alexis Rosellò | Leroy Alain | Lilanga Gorge | Lupattelli Giorgio | Ma Lin | Maggio Bruno | Malinovski Viktor Petrovich | Mantegazza Flaminia | Mirza Mameldzija | Topcic Sandra | Massari Antonio | Meda Pierluigi | Mura Carla | Nadereau Maceo Efrain | Nazareno Aleksandr Grigorevich | Napduk M. | Nesimovic Samir | Osipenko Andrei Ivanovich | Pagliacci Mirko | Panich Igor Vasilevich | Pavlyuk Georgi Nikolaevich | Pelipenko Nina Kornelevna | Petrik Mikhail Petrovich | Piaccione Gianluca | Polo Osvaldo | Pmokmlov Fedor Ivanovic | Rinaldi Oreste | Russo Vito, Sakarov T. | Scialpi Paola | Sciame Marco | Sergi Luigi | Sergi Milena | Sokolov Artur Mikhailovich | Somoza Abel | Soulè Ariel | Specchia Gigi | Spedicato Salvatore | Stanislavski NMikolai Matveevich | Starostin Aleksei Mikhailovich | Malarico Gabriele | Tarasenko Aleksandr Petrovich | Tomasetti Giampaolo | Tondo Rita | Valido Rino | Veggetti Kanum | Luigi Christopher | Vergas Desmanis Gonzales | Vintenko Boris Mikhailovich | Wang Yu | Wei Chen | Zacero Andrjano | Zappino Eugenio | Zaruba Berlyavskaya | Zguro Fani | Cermaria Claudio | Palomino Yasiel | Vostokov | Guo Lian Yie.

La rassegna di arti figurative inaugurata ieri a Taviano si protrarrà sino al 4 aprile. Più di 150 opere, scultoree e pittoriche, sono esposte nelle sale di Palazzo Marchesale ed in altri siti culturali comunali. Grazie al coinvolgimento delle ambasciate italiane all’estero e dei consolati, è stato possibile portare alla biennale diversi paesi europei, del Medio Oriente, dell’Asia e del Centro America, tra cui: Russia, Georgia, Ucraina, Cina, Cuba, Brasile, Messico, Algeria, Bosnia-Erzegovina, Corazia, Albania, Grecia, Germania, Tanzania, Argentina, Australia, ecc... Espongono artisti internazionali del calibro di Arie Soule, Andriano Zacero, Ponomareko, Vostokov, Panov, Fani Zguro ed altri appartenenti ai vari filoni artistici nazionali e stranieri, quali: il Realismo socialista, l’Impressionismo, l’Avanguardia, l’Astrattismo, ecc… Tra gli italiani: Mirko Pagliacci, Vito Russo, Lupattelli, Tonino Caputo, Talarico, ecc… La direzione artistica della Biennale è stata affidata al dott. Corrado Calò, direttore del Cen.Int. Italia; supervisore della rassegna è la dott.ssa Reghini, professoressa di antropologia culturale e storia dell’arte presso l’Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma, che ha curato nel ’94 la sezione Bulgaria della Biennale di Venezia. Il lavoro per questa manifestazione è stato davvero eccellente, sia per la qualità dei lavori partecipanti sia per la selezione delle opere effettuata. Organizzatore della rassegna è stato il Comune di Taviano, con il contributo della Regione Puglia, il patrocinio della Provincia di Lecce e di Confindustria Lecce. La Biennale ha l’obiettivo precipuo di far conoscere, al grande pubblico, artisti salentini, nazionali ed internazionali che operano nel campo figurativo e che sono interpreti delle tensioni coscienziali della nostra epoca.



Biennale del Mediterraneo

Dal sabato 21 marzo 2009
al sabato 04 aprile 2009

Palazzo Marchesale De Franchis
Citta dei Fiori, Taviano

Bitches, she is Madonna by Ludovico De Bonis (I Quaderni del Bardo Edizioni di Stefano Donno)

“I dedicate this book to those who know how to wait, to those who do not stop believing in their dreams, to those who know how to earn thing...