Personnel Update:
Art Van Furniture has promoted Ken Bussell to VP-Financial Services.
Orchard Supply Hardware has appointed retail veteran Samantha Osselaer to the newly created position of VP Marketing.  Prior to joining Orchard, Osselaer was senior director, creative and branding with
RONA Inc., announced that Michael Storfer has left the company after being VP Commercial and Professional Market.  Jim Anderson, currently Vice President of Sales, also became General Manager of RONA’s Commercial and Professional Market division.

Industry Insight:
Marlowe’s Ace Hardware in Hampshire, Ill., has closed down as its owners enter retirement.  Dean and Marge Marlowe have owned the location in downtown Hampshire for 31 years. The State Street store has sold hardware since the 1890s and has been under the ownership of five different families during that time.
Menards has announced its intention to enter the Detroit market in 2013 with four stores.
Orchard Supply Hardware will close its San Lorenzo store early next year.
Parr Lumber opened its latest window and door showroom on in Portland, Ore.
Parr Lumber has opened a cabinet design center in Tukwila WA.  The new Parr Cabinet Design Center, a new store concept, introduces 8,500 sq. ft. of display space with several working kitchens. It also features countertops, appliances and flooring.

Green Initiatives/Sustainability:
Ikea announced a plan to become energy and resource independent by 2020, which includes constructing €1.5 billion ($2.4 billion) of wind and solar projects.  The retailer’s new sustainability strategy, dubbed People & Planet Positive, includes targets to reach by 2020 and has three focus areas.
In addition to producing as much renewable energy as is consumed in Ikea stores and buildings, Ikea says it will improve energy efficiency in all of its operations by at least 20 percent and encourage its suppliers to do the same. It also plans to make products more sustainable by using home furnishing materials — including packaging — that are renewable, recycled or recyclable.
Ikea says it will “inspire and enable” customers to live sustainably at home by offering the most energy-efficient home appliances on the market at the lowest prices; creating easy-to-use products to help people sort and minimize waste and use less water; and by selling only LED lamps and bulbs in its stores by 2016 – a pledge the store made earlier this month. The company says this lighting will last up to 20 years and cut consumers’ electricity use by up to 85 percent. Ikea also said it will change more than 1 million light sources inside its stores to LED and other more efficient lighting.
Its third area, focused on creating better lives for people and better communities, includes encouraging suppliers to focus on compliance and shared values. These include using renewable energy, safe chemicals and responsible stewardship of forests, water and farmlands. Ikea also says it will support human rights beyond the supply chain.
People & Planet Positive is the latest initiative in Ikea’s ongoing efforts to address resource scarcity and climate change.  The company has implemented an aggressive rooftop solar program at its stores. Last month, Ikea completed its 33rd solar project in the US. Renewable energy provides 51 percent of Ikea’s energy, up from 47 percent in 2010, according to the company’s 2011 sustainability report, released in February.