PAVE’s Helping Hand Fund
granted funds this year
for (from left): new studio
space and photo studio for
Auburn University; media
lab equipment for FIT;
and “transportable digital
portfolios” at Stephen F.
Austin State University.
PAVE offers a Helping Hand
Through PAVE’s Helping Hand Fund, the educational foundation has granted over $85,000 in the past five years
to accredited two- and four-year educational institutions. The projects made possible by these grants enhance
the quality of programs and services to students entering into careers in the retail design, planning, and visual
merchandising industries. Award decisions were made by a PAVE Board task force and granted to the following
Auburn University’s Industrial and Graphic Design Department received $2,000 toward new studio space and
a photo studio. The school, based in Auburn, Ala., intends to use the grant to acquire new studio space for retail
design development, create a green-room photo studio, and post-production computer software. The objective is
to provide environmental and industrial design students with vital space and tools necessary to build and properly
photograph full-scale product display prototypes.
The Fashion Institute of Technology, Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design Program (VPED), was
awarded $3,000 toward the purchase of media production lab equipment. To support the program’s transition
to a Bachelor of Fine Arts program, FIT is renovating its existing woodshop into a lecture and production space.
The grant will be used for an advanced printer and media computer combination to anchor this lab. The addition
of a media lab will allow VPED to mimic professional production facilities and create a learning space unique
among national design programs. The media lab will be central to nearly every studio based production class
in the new program.
The Stephen F. Austin State University, School of Human Sciences’s Interior Design and Interior Merchandising program received $10,000 toward the program’s “Transportable Digital Portfolios” project, a new marketing strategy intended to help graduating students promote themselves in the job market, now that fewer firms
are visiting the campus for recruitment. The goal is to use technology as a means to develop digital student portfolios, to create an avenue to promote interior design and interior merchandising students to possible employers,
to gain public and community awareness of interior design and interior merchandising, and to put a green initiative into practice. Once implemented, the digital exhibits can be transported to high schools, community colleges,
design trade shows, and other venues to encourage student success.
Halston CEO Ben Malta (shown with
Lifestyle/Trimco President Ken Stolls
and Miss America Laura Kaeppeler)
was the keynote speaker at
A.R. E.’s 2012 New York Shoptalk.
The Fashion Week event was hosted
by A.R.E. member Lifestyle/Trimco.
Sandy Boosts Home
Improvement Store Sales
The combination of property
damage from Hurricane Sandy
and an increasing number of
new home starts ensures The
Home Depot will at least equal
this year’s number of new
stores. Home Depot will add 11
to 12 locations worldwide next
year, a likely pace for the next
few years. The hurricane will
generate extra sales of $360
million over the next year, in
large part due to the weather
event’s $20 billion in property
damage. Home Depot also
pulled in $70 million in sales
in the third quarter from sales
of batteries, flashlights, generators, and extension cords.
Research also shows the total
number of new housing starts
will rise to 1,140 by 2014, compared to this year’s 757.
Main competitor Lowe’s will
keep pace with the industry
leader by opening 10 to 15
locations in North America next
year, after adding 10 this year.
Regional chains Menards and
Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH)
will also account for plenty of
real estate activity in the U. S.
Ace Hardware Corp. and True
Value Corp., the two largest
hardware store co-ops, will
open around 100 stores each.
Home Depot will open nine
of this year’s new stores in
Mexico, where the company
has 36 consecutive quarters
of positive comps in Mexico.
Home Depot will finish 2012
with a 5. 2 percent increase in
total sales, following last year’s
total sales of $70.4 billion. The
chain ended the third quarter
with 2,250 locations worldwide
and total sales of $56 billion,
a 3. 9 percent increase over
the previous year.
Meanwhile, most of Lowe’s
real estate activity in the U. S.
will consist of remodels. Lowe’s
has redone 1,000 of its 1,700
locations nationwide through
the end of the second quarter
and will do another 400 in the