Spec Maurice Clemons of Columbus salutes as other service members and Braves players stand during the national anthem at the Fox Sport South 3rd annual Tribute to the Troops at the Braves game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Turner Field on June 30, 2013. KENT JOHNSON/KDJOHNSON@AJC.COM
AT&T said it is doubling its goal of hiring military veterans and family members to 10,000 over the next five years. The company said it has hired more than 3,600 so far this year.
“Georgia is No. 4 nationally for AT&T in terms of hiring vets behind Texas, California and Florida,” spokesman Lance Skelly told Biz Beat on Thursday. While he said he could not provide specific local employment numbers, the spokesman said AT&T has about 21,500 employees overall in the state.
Skelly said there are slightly fewer than 300 openings available to vets and others across the state in management, retail, engineering, tech installation and other areas.
About 55 percent of the vets hired this year joined the company as technicians. Project Velocity IP, the company's plan to expand and enhance its Internet protocol broadband networks, is driving the need for more technicians, the company said.
"We're benefitting from the skills, character and leadership experience that veterans bring to AT&T," said Scott Smith, senior vice president for human resources operations.
Home Depot reveals share of Internet sales
As Home Depot prepares to report its third-quarter results later this month, the Atlanta-based home improvement company’s online sales are getting early attention.
The Wall Street Journal reports the Securities and Exchange Commission is trying to get more companies to disclose online sales, and Home Depot received such a request recently. An SEC letter to the retailer and obtained by WSJ said in part: “Given your consistent discussion of online activity, please disclose the percentage of your net sales that are online sales or disclose that your online sales are immaterial.”
In response, the report says Home Depot informed the agency that online sales represented 2.4 percent of its $74.8 billion in net sales last year, or about $57,600,000. While its online business pales in comparison to other major retailers, the WSJ notes that Home Depot still gets a larger share of its business from online than Wal-Mart and Target.
The top 5 internet retailers, beginning with the largest, are Amazon.com, Staples, Apple, Wal-Mart and Liberty Interactive, the company behind QVC.
Home Depot is expected to report third-quarter results on the 19th.
The family of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has served notice to Gov. Nathan Deal that it wants input into any monument to the slain civil rights leader erected on state Capitol grounds – if the state expects free use of King’s copyrighted likeness.