When a hurricane slammed into the Eastern seaboard on Monday, October 29, incredibly high winds, rain, flooding and snow left millions of people without power for more than a week and brought mass transportation to a complete halt. But none of these obstacles kept HD Supply associates across the country from braving the elements to serve their customers.
The unprecedented “perfect storm” known as Superstorm Sandy left devastation across the country, tearing apart homes and historic landmarks and shutting down major financial institutions and commerce.
Among the hardest hit areas of New York and New Jersey, a small group of HD Supply Facilities Maintenance warehouse associates found ways to make it to work and deliver for their customers. National Account Manager Peter Blais took the lead in getting tens of thousands of dollars worth of pumps and generators to their customers in need. “Anytime you see as much devastation as what happened, it’s a great feeling to be able to help our customers and the community,” said Blais.
Blais worked with HD Supply White Cap in Hyattsville, Md. to secure the generators. “Many of our customers don’t have a White Cap account, so we made it easy for them to buy from White Cap using their Facilities Maintenance accounts,” he said. The day after Hurricane Sandy hit, two of Facilities Maintenance’s local dedicated drivers, Kendall Parker and Mike Minniti, braved the elements to make deliveries to customers. The Facilities Maintenance team also placed orders for nearly $20,000 worth of glow-sticks as emergency light sources for those customers without electricity.
HD Supply strives to be a responsible corporate citizen in all aspects of our business – financially, environmentally and socially. From fostering a company culture in which integrity and honesty are core values, to supporting charitable endeavors and environmentally-conscious practices, we strive to make a positive difference in the cities and towns where we live and work.
Like everything else at HD Supply, our community relations strategy is driven by our goal to make HD Supply the distributor of choice for investors, customers, suppliers and associates. Although we have a vast business footprint across North America, we know that building and sustaining mutually beneficial relationships at local levels is at the core of our values and what makes us successful.
HD Supply’s charitable aid is in the form of volunteerism, product donations or giving to non-profit organizations that positively impact the communities where we live and work. We believe in directly supporting causes that adhere closely to our business operations and seek to better the world in which we live. Specifically:
|Education||Support the education of our youth through organizations and programs fostering educational excellence.|
|Wellness||Support programs and organizations that promote research, prevention, awareness and education of health issues that affect our associate population.|
|Build||Support construction, reconstruction and rehabilitation programs and organizations with particularly compelling impact in areas where HD Supply maintains a significant population of associates.|