HOW TO SERVE LEGAL PAPERS ON HOME DEPOT

Home Depot

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The Home Depot, Inc., or simply Home Depot, is the nation’s biggest home improvement store, offering tools, building supplies, and consulting. The business is based in Cobb County, Georgia, with a postal address in Atlanta.

It runs many big-box format shops throughout the United States. The Home Depot also owns the MRO business Interline Brands (The Home Depot Pro), which has seventy distribution facilities across the United States.

BACKGROUND

Bernard Marcus, Arthur Blank, Ron Brill, and Pat Farrah co-founded The Home Depot in 1978. The Home Depot’s pitch was to construct home improvement superstores that would dwarf those of its rivals. Ken Langone, an investment banker, assisted Marcus and Blank in securing the required money.

Despite its higher market capitalization, The Home Depot, Inc. is a more recent entry to the market than competitor Lowe’s. Lowe’s and Home Depot were established in 1946 and 1978, respectively.  As of March 2020, Home Depot operated in over two thousand locations across the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, Canada, and Mexico.  Home Depot shuttered its last seven remaining big-box shops in China in 2012 after a failed growth effort.

One of Home Depot’s management objectives is to continue modernizing the company’s supply chain. For most of its existence, Home Depot has been known to lag behind its primary competitor in terms of supply chain efficiency, depending heavily on a decentralized supply chain in which vendors delivered goods directly to Home Depot shops. While this decentralized method offered certain benefits, it also had major disadvantages, such as the need to transport relatively tiny quantities of goods using big vehicles. However, in 2007, Home Depot embarked on a modernization initiative, which included the establishment of a consolidated network of distribution facilities.

Home Depot proposed an ambitious one billion dollar investment in January 2020 to enhance distribution management by constructing large distribution facilities throughout the United States. The business believes that this new kind of distribution facility, dubbed a Flatbed Distribution Center (FDC), would improve the speed with which construction and building supplies are delivered directly to the client. Home Depot expects that same-day and next-day delivery will be available to ninety percent of its customers in the United States. The firm plans to build an 800,000-square-foot Flatbed Distribution Center in Dallas in 2020 and 40 more Flatbed Distribution Centres in its forty biggest cities over the next several years.

HOME DEPOT’S ONLINE SUCCESS

While the majority of customers are familiar with Home Depot’s bright orange logo and sprawling, warehouse-style shops, the world’s largest home improvement company also deserves credit for its digital advancements. While this development did not get the same level of attention as Amazon’s, the numbers speak for themselves: during the last six years, Home Depot’s digital sales grew by an astounding 762 percent. Amazon’s goods sales increased by 490 percent in the same North American market over the same time.

In order to be so successful, Home Depot has relied on two key factors: [A.] design and implementing an online and in-store omnichannel approach and [B.] advancement and commitment in the online shopping experience to make it more user-friendly

As a result of this, Home Depot now utilizes its shops as both warehouses for online inventory and pick-up locations for online purchases. To put this into practice, a re-engineering of systems was needed to guarantee that inventories could be controlled throughout the whole company. There were also modifications to management and operations at the store level, such as a reevaluation of stock needs and the allocation of additional storage space for online purchases.

In the present day, Home Depot collects half of its online purchases in-store and returns most of them in-store. In fact, many of the company’s online transactions would still not happen if it did not have a connection to a brick-and-mortar location.

Some Home Depot stores now provide a 2- to the 4-hour delivery window for online purchases, including heavy items like timber or construction supplies, for customers who never want to visit a real store. Non-specialist home improvement shops will not be able to adequately duplicate this service.

THE HOME DEPOT PRODUCT AUTHORITY LLC

The Home Depot Product Authority LLC is a domestic Limited liability company active in Georgia.  The entity retains its principal office address in Atlanta, Georgia. The entity was formed on 2nd December 2002.  Under Georgia law, an LLC name must either contain ‘Limited Liability Company,’ ‘LLC,’ ‘L.L.C.,’ ‘Limited Company,’ ‘LC,’ or ‘L.C.‘ for purposes of Georgia Process Service. The name of the LLC must be distinguishable from the names of other business organizations on file with the Georgia Secretary of State Corporations Division. The entity should verify the availability of names by doing a search on the Corporations Division’s company name database. For a period of thirty days, the entity may reserve a name online or by submitting a Name Reservation Request form according to Georgia Process Service specifications. A twenty-five-dollar reservation fee is required.

Interestingly enough, it is not necessary to use the LLC’s official legal name registered in its Articles of Organization. Instead, most entities often prefer a fictitious business name, also called a trading name, ‘DBA’ (short for doing business as), or assumed name to conduct Georgia Process Service under. To do so in Georgia, it is necessary to register the fictitious name with the Clerk of the Superior Court of the county where the LLC’s principal office is located. It is the responsibility of the entity to cross-check the appropriate clerk’s office at the Georgia Superior Court Clerks’ Cooperative Authority website to complete Georgia Process Service requirements.

The Home Depot Product Authority LLC retains CSC of Cobb County, Inc as a registered agent for Georgia Process Service. A registered agent in Georgia is a person or company that accepts legal documents and Georgia Process Service for a business entity. A business entity is an entity separate from the owners of the entity or the person or people who operate it for purposes of Georgia Process Service.

HOME DEPOT SERVICE MASTERS, INC.

Home Depot Service Masters, Inc. is a Georgia Domestic Profit Corporation currently active in the business of construction. The entity has been classified as a residential remodeler for purposes of Georgia Process Service after its formation on 28th November 2016. 

The principal office for Home Depot Service Masters, Inc. is in Roswell, Georgia, wherein the registered agent for Georgia Process Service,  Paris Keierleber, S accepts the Georgia Process Service.  However, Georgia Process Service can also be accepted by a higher officer in the office. 

HOME DEPOT STORE SUPPORT, INC.

Home Depot Store Support, Inc. is a foreign profit corporation currently active in Georgia that adheres to Georgia Process Service standards. The entity was formed on 19th October 2011  and retains its office in Atlanta. Although the principal office address for purposes of Georgia Process Service is in Atlanta, Georgia, the jurisdiction of the entity is presented in Delaware. Within ninety days of incorporation, each Georgia corporation must file an initial annual registration that lists three principal officers with the Secretary of State. The fee is fifty dollars for for-profit and professional corporations, and thirty dollars for nonprofit corporations. Corporations that form between October 2nd and December 31st  must file the initial annual registration between January 1 and April 1 of the next calendar year to satisfy Georgia Process Service specifications.  If this is not done, the corporation will be administratively dissolved for failure to file this annual registration. The company may then file an annual registration for a period up to and including three calendar years in advance.

Home Depot Store support retains CSC of Cobb County, Inc as a registered agent for Georgia Process Service. The registered agent for Georgia Process Service should retain an address in Georgia. In this case, CSC is present in cook county. However, Georgia Process Service may also be accepted by the CEO or the Secretary of the company. 

HOME DEPOT U.S.A., INC

Home Depot USA Inc is a foreign profit corporation that is currently active in Georgia. The entity was formed on 11th August 1989. Despite the principal office being in Georgia, the entity comes under Delaware jurisdiction for purposes of Georgia Process Service.  Each foreign corporation authorized to transact business in this state must continuously maintain a registered office that may be the same as any of its places of business. Additionally, they must retain a registered agent to accept Georgia Process Service, who may be: [A.] an individual who resides in this state and whose business office is identical with the registered office and [B.] a domestic corporation or domestic business corporation whose business office is identical with the registered office; or [C.] foreign corporation or foreign business corporation authorized to transact business in this state whose business office is identical with the registered office.

The entity retains CSC of Cobb County as a registered agent for Georgia Process Service. The registered agent of a foreign corporation authorized to transact business in Georgia is the corporation’s agent for service of any process, notice, or demand required or permitted by law to be served on the foreign corporation. If a foreign corporation has no registered agent, the corporation may be served Georgia Process Service by registered or certified mail or statutory overnight delivery, return receipt requested, addressed to the chief executive officer, chief financial officer, or secretary of the foreign corporation, or a person holding a position comparable to any of the foregoing, at its principal office shown in the later of its application for a certificate of authority or its most recent annual registration.

Any party that serves a foreign corporation should also serve a copy of the Georgia Process Service upon the Secretary of State and pay a ten-dollar filing fee. Good Georgia Process Service may be said to have been achieved on the date the foreign corporation receives the mail or the date shown on the return receipt, if signed on behalf of the foreign corporation or five days after its deposit in the United States mail, as evidenced by the postmark, if mailed post-paid and correctly addressed.

COMPACT POWER EQUIPMENT INC.

Compact Power Equipment, established by Roger Braswell, rents cranes, excavators, tractors, and trenchers, among other equipment. In 2009, Compact Power Equipment and Home Depot entered into a long-term commercial relationship that started with rentals at over a hundred Home Depot locations across six states.

When Home Depot bought the business in 2017, more than a thousand Home Depot locations in the US and Canada were offering equipment rentals. Home Depot’s professional business clients saw a benefit in services from the acquisition’s expanded products and services.

THE COMPANY STORE

The Company Store, which opened in 1911, offers a wide range of home décor items, such as bedding, blankets, bath towels, and apparel.  In 2017, Home Depot bought Hanover Direct’s The Company Store, but not its five retail sites, which remained with the entity. Home Depot’s online presence was instantly boosted by the acquisition, which also provided significant product development and sourcing skills, allowing the firm to grow into other sectors of the online décor industry.

The Company Store majorly rakes in its sales from its online portal TheCompanyStore.com. The Company Store’s five locations were not acquired as part of the deal, which was completed on December 19.

INTERLINE BRANDS INC.

Wilmar Industries Inc., the predecessor company of Interline Brands, was established in 1978. Professional contractors, facilities maintenance experts, hardware shops, and other customers in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico may purchase the company’s goods.

In 2015, Home Depot paid just over a. billion dollars for Interline Brands. A skilled account sales team, fulfillment capabilities, and a large distribution network were thus acquired by Home Depot as part of the purchase, which will benefit professional contractors and maintenance repair companies the most.

Jacksonville-based The Home Depot Pro is now a major wholesale distributor and direct marketer of non-industrial business goods for maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO).  William S. Green created Wilmar Industries in 1978, which later became The Home Depot Pro. Wilmar purchased Barnett in 2000, and the two companies merged to create Interline Brands. After acquiring Sexauer, Trayco, Barnett, the U.S. Lock and Learn Gas Products, Maintenance USA, and Hardware Express, Interline Brands gradually broadened its client base. 

It was announced in 2015 that cleaning products manufacturer Interline Businesses was merging five of its brands into a single entity known as Supplyworks. The Home Depot Pro is the new name for Interline Brands, which was renamed as such in accordance with Georgia Process Service standards in 2018. To better reflect their new brand identities, Interline Brands has rebranded its multifamily, specialty, and institutional divisions as The Home Depot Pro Multifamily, Specialty Trades, and Institutional respectively.

Plumbing items account for almost half of Interline’s revenue, while the company also sells electrical, HVAC, and security hardware products. Its mission is to provide high-quality goods at low rates and deliver them the same day or the following day.  Various channels are used to sell products, including direct sales by national account representatives or field representatives, telephone sales, customer support personnel, direct marketing through flyers and catalogs, ‘pro centers,’ vendor-managed inventories, and Internet-based service.

By going to a shop, customers are able to get professional advice and see the goods in person to determine whether they are a good fit for their requirements. These advantages, on the other hand, maybe overlooked if individuals buy online. Online shopping has the drawback of slow delivery times, particularly for large or difficult-to-ship items. Customers who are doing home improvements frequently need their goods right at the moment, especially if they have an urgent repair or a tight deadline to meet.

So far, Amazon and other retail giants have struggled to make major inroads into the DIY goods market, in part because of the issues listed above. Home Depot, on the other hand, is an exception in the field of home renovation when it comes to shopping online. The company’s development in e-commerce is remarkable, with online sales currently comprising a reasonable portion of overall revenue.

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1. Along with the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands); Canada’s ten provinces; and Mexico’s thirty-two states and Mexico City

2. 2455 PACES FERRY ROAD, ATLANTA, GA, 30339, USA

3. The term ‘Limited’ is allowed to be abbreviated as ‘Ltd.’ and ‘Company’ may be abbreviated as ‘Co.’ The complete name must be 80 characters or less, including any spaces and/or punctuation

4. 192 Anderson Street S.E., Suite 125, Marietta, GA, 30060, USA

5. The North American Industry Classification System or NAICS is a classification of business establishments by type of economic activity

NAICS Code: Construction

NAICS Sub Code: Residential Remodelers

6. Paris Keierleber, S

1214 Harris Commons Place, Roswell, GA, 30076, USA

7. Alicia Martinez CEO 1921 Jasmine Pkwy, Alpharetta, GA, 30022, USA

8. NAICS Code: Any legal purpose

9. 2455 PACES FERRY ROAD, ATLANTA, GA, 30339-4024, USA

10.  GA Code § 14-3-1510 (2014)

11. CSC of Cobb County, Inc.

192 Anderson Street S.E., Suite 125, Marietta, GA, 30060, USA

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