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					              Plan-O-Gram Compliance Policy                                                   POG – v.3.0
                                                                                               Revised: March 2008




                 Contents
                 Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

                 Summary of Key Changes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

                 Plan-O-Grams:

                          Checklist         .................................                                4

                          Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

                          Naming Convention . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

                          Submission Format . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

                          Software Selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

                          Supporting Submission Template . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

                          Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

                          Environmental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

                          National Racking Installation Standards (NRIS) . . . . . 21

                          Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

                          Coming Attractions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24



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Overview                                                     POG v.3.0 Plan-O-Gram Compliance Policy


Introduction                In the simplest terms, a plan-o-gram [POG] is a diagram of fixtures and products that
                            illustrates how and where retail products should be displayed. One of its key purposes
                            is to communicate how to set merchandise. To that end, The Home Depot [THD] is
                            applying direction and consistency in its POG execution.

                            The main goals of this document are to:

                                   •   Establish and implement consistent standards for internally and externally
                                       prepared POGs
                                   •   Ensure that all POGs comply with our Safety, Environmental and National
                                       Racking Installation Standards
                                   •   Guarantee that our customers always experience a safe, effective and
                                       paramount assortment shopping environment
                                   •   Service the stores by giving them the ability to easily access accurate and
                                       reliable POGs
                                   •   Assist our In Store Service [ISS] partners in successfully executing all POG
                                       parameters




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Summary of Key Changes                                         POG v.3.0 Plan-O-Gram Compliance Policy


Below is a recap of the major changes to the POG Compliance Policy:

Addition to POG Header -                    THD has added a “Bay Count” reference to the POG header information
Bay Count Reference                         for each page of the POG. See Planogram Components on p. 5, Item
                                            “F” - Bay Count Reference and examples on pp. 7 -9.

Updated Bay Guides for                      The release of version 2 in September 2007 did not contain a reference
POG Naming Convention                       for naming POGs on the actual POG as well as the intranet portal “title”.
                                            This release contains a Bay Guides reference attachment, reflective of
                                            current assortment nomenclature – see p. 10 for more information:
                                            Please use this Bay Guide reference document for the following:

                                                         1. The “Name” field on the actual POG header (see
                                                            Exhibit 1.1 POG Component Matrix on p. 5 – ID
                                                            reference “A”)

                                                         2. The “Name” field on the internal intranet MyApron*
                                                            portal (see exhibit 3.2 on p. 11)

                                            Your POG submission must include a POG “Name” [on POG and
                                            intranet portal] from this reference list.

Software Selection and                      See p. 13 which outlines our current status
JDA
Supporting Submission                       Within the “POG Checklist” on p. 4 are two required data support items
Template                                    or spreadsheets. These are contained within one submission document/
                                            template. This version of the compliance policy includes the Excel
                                            template to complete – see p. 14 for details:

                                                         1. BYO, Store or Market assignment(s) for corresponding
                                                            POG SKUs or product

                                                         2. SKU dimensions including the height, width, length and
                                                            depth of each SKU or product in POG

                                            Please ensure this template is completed with your POG(s) submission
                                            as this is required.

Coming Attractions:                         See p. 24 for more information on upcoming THD initiatives related to
Standards Manual for                        Planograms.
Signage

Overall Compliance                          Please ensure that you review all topics within the policy. Although the
                                            items above represent the major updates, external POG preparers are
                                            responsible for all policy content.




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Plan-O-Grams – Checklist                                     POG v.3.0 Plan-O-Gram Compliance Policy

                            To facilitate the efficient and effective posting of externally produced POGs to the intranet
                            portal, please ensure all items on the following checklists are included in your e-mail
                            communication the first time:


                            POG Checklist - Information to include in e-mail communication:
                                       THD Department – this item must be included despite notation on POG

                                       THD Class – this item must be included despite notation on POG

                                       BYO, Store or Market assignment(s) and corresponding SKUs per POG – listed
                                       on a separate attachment (spreadsheet) TEMPLATE ATTACHED – see p. 14

                                       SKU dimension listing on a separate attachment (spreadsheet) including the
                                       height, width and depth of each SKU or product in POG TEMPLATE
                                       ATTACHED – see p. 14

                                       Appropriate POG “Name” and “Title” as outlined on p. 10

                                       Specific reference of preceding POG(s) to delete (to replace attached) – must
                                       note status even if there are no POGs to delete - MANDATORY

                                       POG in PDF – see p. 13



                            POG Checklist - Information to include on POG:
                                       All components as outlined on p. 5 in correct content and format

                                       Safety/Environmental statement as outlined on p. 6 - MANDATORY

                                       NRIS statement as outlined on p. 6 – MANDATORY

                                       Please submit final POG to: Plan_O_Gram@HomeDepot.com only




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Plan-O-Grams – Components                                                          POG v.3.0 Plan-O-Gram Compliance Policy


                                   All POGs created for THD must contain key information necessary to support accurate and
                                   prompt execution in our stores and by ISS representatives. Most importantly, our
                                   customers expect our shelves to represent precise Merchandising, Visual, Safety,
                                   Environmental and NRIS standards. THD’s POG components outlined below in Exhibit 1.1
                                   POG Component Matrix will achieve that result:
                                   ID:                     The alphabetical “ID” shown in exhibit 1.1 below is visually reflected in
                                                           exhibits 1.3, 1.4, and 1.5 on pp. 7 - 9 to illustrate the correct component,
                                                           formatting and general placement.
                                   Item:                   POG component
                                   Source:                 The origin of the POG component
                                   Format:                 The manner in which the item should be presented on the POG
                                   Status:                 All items are required unless otherwise noted, as some components may
                                                           not be applicable for all POGs
                                   Location:               The (general) placement of the item on the POG page(s)

Exhibit 1.1: POG Component Matrix

 ID              Item                           Source                             Format                             Status                          Location
  A
              POG Name                   THD Merchandising Bay              Same as written guide                     Required                     Header, Centered
                                         Guide Name (see p. 17)                                                                                       All pages
  B
              Department                      THD numeric                          “Dept.: 25”                        Required                     Header, Centered
                                           Merchandising dept.                                                                                        All pages
  C
                  Class                      THD numeric                            “Class: 1”                        Required                     Header, Centered
                                           Merchandisng class                                                                                         All pages
  D
          BYO, Market, Store              THD numeric Buying                Buying Office: “BYO 1”             Required for BYO(s);                Header, Centered
             Reference                   Office, Market or Store #            Market: “MKT 72”                 Optional for Market &                  All pages
                                                                           Store: “STR 2701, 2702”            Store based on volume
  E
                 Bay Set                 Provided dimensions for           The size of the bay(s) in                  Required                     Header, Centered
                                                THD bays                    inches: 99” or 87-99”                                                     All pages
  F
         Bay Count Reference                Provided bay count              The number of bays in                     Required                     Header, Centered
                                                                              the set and current                                                     All pages
                                                                           reference i.e. bay 1 of 4
                                                                               should read “4.1”
  G
            Effective Date*              The date POG and items                  MM/YYYY or                           Required                 Lower right bottom – on
                                           are scheduled to set              appropriate variations                                                 every page
  H
         Beam Elevations and             Provided dimensions for            The distance in inches                    Required                  On picture & schematic
               Name                             THD bays                     between the beams                                                        or in notes
  I
         Left to Right – Traffic          Provided merchandising             (a) “LEFT TO RIGHT”               Optional for standard            On picture & schematic
               Flow Arrow                flow for associated bay(s)                                           versions (a). Required
                                                                             (b) “RIGHT TO LEFT”            for “mirrored” (b) versions
  J
         SKU/UPC List/Part#/                 POG Product(s)                  SKU/UPC List/Part#/                      Required                 On picture, schematic or
           Dimensions List**                                                  Dimensions List**                                                 separate attachment
  K
         Safety, Environmental,             THD standards and               “X” in all boxes next to                  Required                   Lower bottom – at
          NRIS Approvals &                   associated policy              Safety, Environment &                                               minimum on first page
            required notes                                                  NRIS compliance stmt

* Effective Date: This date should be representative of when the POG is scheduled to be set. Keep in mind that this date is subject to change based on various conditions
and is indicative of the initial store roll-out if loaded nationally. For resets, the date may also represent an initial roll-out phase. Stores can refer to Workload Management for
specifics. On the intranet portal, “Effective Date” is the date the POG is posted or loaded and made available for view by stores, ISS reps, etc…
** SKU Dimension – see p. 14 Submission Template
(b) Mirrored POGs: A POG set that is the opposite direction of the supplied Planogram
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                              While we recognize that THD POGs are created in a myriad of systems, the visual
                              diagrams on pp.7 - 9 are simply intended to identify the POG component and location. The
                              key goal is inclusion vs. layout.

                              “*K”. - Safety, Environmental and NRIS requirements:
                              All externally created POGs must comply with THD Safety, Environmental and NRIS
                              standards. Below is the written documentation required at the lower left bottom of all
                              supplier created POGs (see Exhibit 1.2 Required Safety, Environmental and NRIS
                              Statements below). Submitted POGs without this documentation will not be eligible
                              for posting to the intranet MyApron portal or store execution and will be returned to
                              sender for action. See pp. 15 - 22 for more information on THD Safety, Environmental
                              and NRIS requirements.


Exhibit 1.2: REQUIRED Safety, Environmental and NRIS Statement [For Externally created POGs Only]

     By marking “X”, I have agreed to THD’s Safety and Environmental standards as outlined in the Plan-O-Gram Compliance Policy. I
have read the terms and conditions as outlined and do comply with them. I should not mark “X”, if I have not read nor comply. I understand
that all externally created Plan-O-Grams without an “X” will not be eligible for posting to the intranet or store execution.

     By marking “X”, I have agreed to THD’s National Racking Installation Standards as outlined in the Plan-O-Gram Compliance Policy. I
have read the terms and conditions as outlined and do comply with them. I should not mark “X”, if I have not read nor comply. I understand
that all externally created Plan-O-Grams without an “X” will not be eligible for posting to the intranet or store execution.




                              POG Component Visual Representation:
                              Visual representation of the POG components as outlined in exhibit 1.1 POG Component
                              Matrix is shown on pp. 7 – 9. All required components should be included with POG
                              submission:

                                          Exhibit 1.3 p. 7 – Visual representation of these components on schematic:
                                             A. POG Name
                                             B. Department
                                             C. Class
                                             D. BYO, Market, Store Reference
                                             E. Bay Set
                                             F. # of Bays included in POG and reference
                                             G. Effective Date
                                             H. Beam Elevations and Name
                                             K . Safety and HazMat statement required for all external POGs

                                        Exhibit 1.4 p. 8 – Visual representation of this component (in addition to those
                                        previously illustrated):
                                              J. Detailed SKU/UPC List [Please include model number if available]


                                        Pictorial of [Physical] Bay [Optional]




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                                Exhibit 1.3 Visual representation of POG components: Product Placement
     [PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE THE ALPHA “ID” I.E. “A.”, “B.” IN YOUR CONTENT ITEM DESCRIPTION]




K.   Safety, Environmental and NRIS Statement [REQUIRED: For all externally created POGs]

     By marking “X”, I have agreed to THD’s Safety and Environmental standards as outlined in the Plan-O-Gram Compliance Policy. I
have read the terms and conditions as outlined and do comply with them. I should not mark “X”, if I have not read nor comply. I understand
that all externally created Plan-O-Grams without an “X” will not be eligible for posting to the intranet or store execution.

     By marking “X”, I have agreed to THD’s National Racking Installation Standards as outlined in the Plan-O-Gram Compliance Policy. I
have read the terms and conditions as outlined and do comply with them. I should not mark “X”, if I have not read nor comply. I understand
that all externally created Plan-O-Grams without an “X” will not be eligible for posting to the intranet or store execution.


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Plan-O-Grams – Components                               POG v.3.0 Plan-O-Gram Compliance Policy


                                                                                                   *
        Exhibit 1.4 Visual representation of POG components: Detailed SKU/UPC/Description/Part Number Listing)
    [PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE THE ALPHA “ID” I.E. “A.”, “B.” IN YOUR CONTENT ITEM DESCRIPTION]




*Although not shown in the example above, externally created POGs must include the part number on the
 cross reference pictorial attachment. Stores and ISS reps heavily rely on this information to initially stock
   shelves when SKU numbers are not readily available. Above listing only partial for example purposes.
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Plan-O-Grams – Components                                    POG v.3.0 Plan-O-Gram Compliance Policy

                            Physical Product Pictorial [OPTIONAL]

                            Although the inclusion of a product pictorial is now optional, we ask that you do include it in
                            your POG submission if available. Please adhere to the header and footer requirements as
                            outlined on p.5 when submitting, but do not include the alpha ID references i.e. “A.”, “B.” in
                            your content.




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Plan-O-Grams – Naming Convention                                 POG v.3.0 Plan-O-Gram Compliance Policy


                            The main goal of naming, titling and posting the POG should be to ensure that store and
                            ISS representatives can efficiently identify the correct POG.

                            At THD, there are three instances where “Names” or “Titles” are attached to POGs:

                                     1. The “Name” field on the actual POG (see Exhibit 1.1 POG Component Matrix
                                        on p. 5 – ID reference “A”)

                                     2. The “Name” field on the internal intranet MyApron* portal (see exhibit 3.2 on p.
                                        11)

                                     3. The “Title” field on the internal intranet MyApron portal (see exhibits 3.2 and
                                        3.3 p. 11 - 12 for more information).

                            In an effort to instill consistency in the manner in which POGs are “named”, THD is requiring
                            the following naming structure below based on the numbered references above:
Exhibit 3.1: Naming Convention (see numeric reference above)

            Name Type                                              Format                                              Source

  1. “Name” field on the               THD Merchandising Bay Guide Name                                           The Bay Guide
     actual POG document                                                                                            Names by
                                                                                                                   Dept./Class
    [EXTERNALLY ASSIGNED]
                                                                                                                    Click Here

  2. “Name” field on the               THD Merchandising Bay Guide Name                                              See above
     internal intranet
     MyApron portal
    [INTERNALLY ASSIGNED]

  3. “Title” field on the              Bay Attribute_Bay Size_Region_Store Concept_Open                         See exhibit 3.3 on
     internal intranet                                                                                           p. 12 for more
     MyApron portal                    Old Format - Example:                                                         details
                                       Title: All BYO’s – Westinghouse Glass – 87
    [INTERNALLY ASSIGNED]
                                       New Format:
                                       Title: 1 Bay-87-BYO (1,3,5,7,11,12,14,31,33)


                            KEY: Please submit completed POGs to the THD POG Team with the appropriate POG
                            “Name” and “Title” in your text (e-mail) message to Plan_O_Gram@homedepot.com. For
                            example “The POG Name is Caulk”; “The POG Title is 1 Bay-87-BYO
                            (1,3,5,7,11,12,14,31,33)”. This information must be clearly stated in your e-mail
                            communication or will be returned for proper completion.

                                                          *MyApron is an internal intranet site used to house THD internal documents and
                                                          tools. At this time, the POG portion of the portal is not available for viewing or
                                                          access by suppliers.




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Exhibit 3.2: THD MyApron Portal Planogram Sample Page – all text internally assigned on the MyApron Portal




                                                                                              Naming Conventions ~
                                                                                         POG “Name” and “Title” examples
                                                      POG “Name”                         from THD MyApron internal portal




                                                                           POG “Title”




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Exhibit 3.3: THD MyApron Portal Planogram “Title” Field Naming Convention Explanation


        Bay Attribute-Bay Size-Region-Store Concept-Open
                     11

      1. Bay Attribute: Reference to either one or multiple bays. Type specific numeric bay
         reference i.e. “1 bay”, “3 bay”, “4 bay” etc…. For multiple bays use “1, 3, 4 bay”.

      2. Bay Size: Size of the bay in inches i.e. 51, 75, 87, 99 etc. To be written as 87,
         “inches” text not to be included. For multiple bay measures, note both i.e. “87, 99”
         with a comma in between aligning with above bay attributes.

      3. Region: POG geographical coverage i.e. BYO, Market or Store. For BYO, use      i
         “BYO” and corresponding numbers [comma in between]. For market, use “MKT” and
                                                         i
         reference i for numbers. For store, use “STR” and reference i for numbers. We are
         not using the language “All BYOs” as this may literally imply non-traditional [portal]
         POG locations such as Puerto Rico, Canada & Mexico.

    4. Store Concept: To be used for the following concepts, using the following acronyms
       where applicable: SMS – Small Market Store, YDB – Yard Bird, SMF – Small Market
       Format, DCR – Design Center. If blank/omitted, assume The Home Depot – Orange
       Box format.
Plan-O-Grams – Safety, Environmental & NRIS POG v.3.0 Plan-O-Gram Compliance Policy
    5. “Open” field: Only to be used to reflect specialized or exception based POGs such as
       “Mirrored” etc. As specialized criteria surface, look to this field for assistance.
                             THD is dedicated to providing safe working and shopping conditions in all of our stores.


  Please note that the “Title” field includes character space at the end of the script (see
    items “ " and “ " above ) to identify special projects, exception based POGs or
       critical POG notations. Such information will not be noted in the portal folder
                               structure or in the POG name.




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Plan-O-Grams – Submission Format                             POG v.3.0 Plan-O-Gram Compliance Policy

                            All final externally created POGs submitted to the POG Team for loading to the intranet
                            portal MyApron must be sent in PDF or Portable Document Format. This format allows
                            the internal POG team to efficiently load the document to the portal vs. creating PDF files –
                            which can cause delays and result in POGs not posting to the portal in required time
                            frames.

                            POGs sent in formats other than PDF will be returned to the sender, with notification to the
                            corresponding Merchant. Please send all POG information to the following E Mail
                            address (Per POG Checklist on p. 4):




Plan-O-Grams – Software Selection

                            THD has selected Space Planning by Intactix® from JDA as the primary space
                            management tool used to create Planograms. Beginning immediately, THD will accept
                            JDA Planogram files (.psa) in addition to the required Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) Planogram files.
                            These Planograms must still meet all THD Planogram compliance requirements.




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Plan-O-Grams – Submission Template                          POG v.3.0 Plan-O-Gram Compliance Policy
                            When submitting externally created POGs it is necessary to submit the attached template
                            in addition to the POG itself. Required data is described below.
                                                              For external use only, will not
                                                                                                      C:\Files\001
                                                                open from store terminal
                                                                                                 Strategic Planning\PO
SKU Worksheet (tab 1) Data Fields Collected:
 SKU      Vendor      Primary       Secondary   Product     Case    Case          Order          Distribution    Planogram
          Part        MVendor       MVendor     Dimension   Pack    Pack          Method         Method          Assignment
          Number      Number        Number                  Qty     Dimension
                                                                                  CAR,           Direct
                                                                                  HOST, AR,      shipped, TF,
                                                                                  Mobile         DC, RDC,
                                                                                  Order Cart     Lumber, IDC

Dimension Details
    Height, Width and Depth will all be necessary (see graphic below for product orientation)
    All Dimensions should be in inches (up to 2 decimal places)
    Do not include units in submitted value field




                                                                   Remember that you should
                                                                   be measuring the product as
                                                                   the consumer is intended to
                                                                   view the package.




Planogram Assortment
    Create 1 column for each POG submitted
    The created column heading should match POG Title (ref. p10 – see Name Type #3)
    There should be the same number of these columns as there are POGs/ POG Assortments being submitted. It
    is necessary to have a separate column for each POG, even if there is only slight variation of SKU mix.
    For each SKU listed (column F) put a ‘Y’ in each cell, corresponding to the sku row and POG column, when the
    SKU is present in that POG

Store Worksheet (tab 2) Data Collected:

    Assign each POG title (the newly created columns’ headings of the previous worksheet tab1) to the correct
    store or group of stores.

    Example: Attached Planogram submission template shows 5 skus and 2 planogram
                                                                                                           C:\Files\001
    versions:                                              For external use only, will not            Strategic Planning\PO
                                                                      open from store terminal
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Plan-O-Grams – Safety                                         POG v.2.0 Plan-O-Gram Compliance Policy


                            Our commitment to safety is guided by the belief that no accident is acceptable. Therefore,
                            THD thoroughly complies with all federal, state, provincial, and local ordinances which
                            include, but are not limited to, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA),
                            Department of Transportation (DOT), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National
                            Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), International Fire Code (IFC) regulations, National Electric
                            Code (NEC) regulations, and Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA, Canada).

                            All suppliers of THD are similarly expected to comply with all applicable safety, health, fire
                            and environmental regulations. Consequently, supplier created POGs must meet those
                            criteria as well.

                            To assist with achieving these requirements, the following documents have been created to
                            ensure proper communication and comprehension:


                                        •   Key Safety Review Areas [Exhibit 2.1, p. 16]

                                        •   Department Specific Merchandising Safety Store Checklist [Exhibit 2.2, p.17]

                                        •   Key Environmental Review Areas [Exhibit 2.3, p. 18]

                                        •   Definitions of Key Environmental Review Areas [Exhibit 2.4, p. 20]

                                        •   NRIS Summary Statement [Attachment, p. 21; Exhibit 2.5, p. 22]

                       THD Merchants and suppliers should allow time in their POG development schedule for
                       a peer review of internally created POGs and a review of any externally created POGs
                       that do not meet safety, environmental or NRIS standards.




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Key Safety Review Areas                     In order to comply with THD safety standards, you must understand and
                                            meet the key safety review areas identified below as well as the
                                            department specific Merchandising Safety Store Checklists (see Exhibit 2.2
                                            on p. 17):

Exhibit 2.1: Key Safety Review Areas

GENERAL: If the POG(s) will not result in structural moves/changes from original store build, then
proceed to the Key Environmental Review Areas. However, if structural moves/changes are required,
please ensure all items below have been adequately addressed in your POG:
1. SHELVING
         All bays must have a minimum of two shelf levels for structural safety and support
         All shelf levels with beams 75” long or longer that are to receive pallets must have HD or ARU
         uprights that are 42” deep or deeper and use 5” beams or greater
         If the lowest shelf level is higher than 52”, there must be a rear beam set approximately 18” off the
         floor
          All shelf levels 96” (8’-0”) or higher must use wire decking
         All shelf levels below 96” (8’-0”) must use either wire decking or wood stickers spaced 2” apart to
         allow for water flow in case of fire. (Holds true to versa racking and 2” beams)
         All shelves above vertically stored product must use wire decking rather than wood stickers
         All shelf levels at 96” (8’-0”) or above must be free from open or case-cut boxes
         All overhead shelf levels must be free from hand stacked product and palletized product on the same
         shelf
         High bay netting is required in all top levels where merchandise is hand stacked for bay with 24” to
         36” deep racking
2. BEAMS
         All front beams must be bolted with grade 5 bolts
         All vertically stored, front-faced or wheeled products must be secured with a bolted safety beam,
         safety cable or other restraining device, and a 3” toe beam if above floor level
3. DISPLAYS
         All displays must be secured to racking, decking or otherwise restrained
4. CHEMICALS
         Individual containers of liquid chemicals with DANGER and WARNING labels must not be
         merchandised above 6’



                                            Failure to comply with any of the Safety areas above or those outlined in
                                            the department specific merchandising safety store checklists will result in
                                            the non-posting and non-execution of the POG. Therefore all identified
                                            violations must be immediately cleared with our Safety Department.

                                                              Contact Information:
                                                        safety_support@homedepot.com
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               Exhibit 2.2: THD Department Specific Merchandising Environmental, Health and Safety Checklists
                        Department # - Name                                     Attachment
                            21 - Lumber                                         Click Here



                      22 – Building Materials                                    Click Here



                     23 – Wall/Floor Covering                                    Click Here



                                24 – Paint                                       Click Here



                             25 – Hardware                                       Click Here



                             26 - Plumbing                                       Click Here



                      27 – Electrical/Lighting                                   Click Here



                       28 – Seasonal/Garden                                      Click Here



                       29 – Kitchen and Bath                                     Click Here



                              30 – Millwork                                      Click Here



                    59 – Blinds and Wallpaper                                    Click Here




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Plan-O-Grams – Environmental                                  POG v.3.0 Plan-O-Gram Compliance Policy

Key Environmental Review Areas:               In order to comply with THD environmental standards, you must
                                              understand and meet the key environmental review areas below
                                              (where applicable). Please refer to exhibit 2.4 on p. 20 for detailed
                                              definitions of the environmental categories below.
Exhibit 2.3: Key Environmental Review Areas

1. AEROSOLS (Level 2 and 3):
         If in-rack sprinklers are not installed, aerosols must be uncartoned or display-cut and stored at or below
         8’
         If in-rack sprinklers are not installed, a note must be added to the POG stating that the aerosol product
         storage height is limited to 8’
         If in-rack sprinklers are installed, aerosols stored over 6’ must be cartoned
2. FLAMMABLE AND COMBUSTIBLE LIQUIDS (Class 1-B, 1-C and 2):
         Flammable and combustible liquids must be separated from oxidizers by at least 20’ if both product
         containers are greater than ½ gallon or 5 pounds
         Combustible products must not be merchandised/stored above flammable and combustible liquids
         If in-rack sprinklers are not installed, flammable and combustible liquids must be stored at or below 8’
         If in-rack sprinklers are not installed, a note must be added to the POG stating that the flammable and
         combustible liquid product storage height is limited to 8’
3. COMBUSTIBLE LIQUIDS (Class III-A and Class III-B):
         Combustible liquids must be separated from oxidizers by at least 20’ if both product containers are
         greater than ½ gallon or 5 pounds
         Combustible products must not be merchandised/stored above combustible liquids
         If in-rack sprinklers are not installed, combustible liquids must be stored at or below 12’
         If in-rack sprinklers are not installed, a note must be added to the POG stating that the product storage
         height is limited to 12’
4. TOXIC:
         Toxic products must be merchandised/stored at or below 6’
         A note must be added to the POG stating that the toxic product storage height is limited to 6’
5. CORROSIVES:
         Corrosives must be separated from oxidizers by at least 20’ if both product containers are greater than
         ½ gallon or 5 pounds
         Corrosive acids must be separated from corrosive bases by at least 20’ if both product containers are
         greater than ½ gallon or 5 pounds
         Corrosive products must be merchandised at or below 6’
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Plan-O-Grams – Environmental                                   POG v.3.0 Plan-O-Gram Compliance Policy


Key Environmental Review Areas:               In order to comply with THD environmental standards, you must
                                              understand and meet the key environmental review areas below
                                              (where applicable). Please refer to exhibit 2.4 on p. 20 for detailed
                                              definitions of the environmental categories below.

Continued from previous page
Exhibit 2.3: Key Environmental Review Areas

6. OXIDIZERS:
         Oxidizers must be separated from corrosives and petroleum products by at least 20’
         Oxidizers must be merchandised at or below 6’
7. UNSTABLE REACTIVE (Class 2):
         Class 2 unstable reactive must be merchandised at or below 6’
         A note must be added to the POG stating that the unstable reactive product storage height is limited to
         6’
8. WATER REACTIVE (Class 2):
         Class 2 water reactives must be merchandised at or below 6’
         A note must be added to the POG stating that the water reactive product storage height is limited to 6’



                                      Failure to comply with any of the Environmental areas above will result in the non-
                                      posting and non-execution of the POG. Therefore all identified violations must be
                                      immediately cleared with our Environmental Department.

                                              .         Contact information:
                                              environmental_programs@homedepot.com




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Plan-O-Grams – Environmental                                      POG v.3.0 Plan-O-Gram Compliance Policy


Exhibit 2.4: Definitions of Key Environmental Review Categories



                        DEFINITIONS OF KEY ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW CATEGORIES

     Aerosol – Product dispensed from its container as a mist, spray, or foam by propellant under pressure.

     Flammable Liquid – Liquid having flash point below 100°F. Generally, flammable liquids will ignite (catch
     on fire) and burn easily at normal working temperatures.

     Combustible Liquid – Liquid having a flash point at or above 100°F. Generally, combustible liquids have
     the ability to burn at temperatures that are above working temperatures.

     Toxic – A material which presents a severe health hazard upon ingestion, inhalation or skin contact.

     Corrosive – Corrosives such as strong acids and bases are materials that can attack and chemically
     destroy exposed body tissues. Corrosives can also damage or even destroy metal.

    Oxidizer – A material that readily yields oxygen or other oxidizing gas, or that readily reacts to promote or
    initiate combustion or combustible materials.

    Unstable Reactive – A material that will undergo a violent chemical change under certain conditions.

    Water Reactive – A material that reacts violently or produces dangerous gases when exposed to water or
    moisture.




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Plan-O-Grams – NRIS                                            POG v.3.0 Plan-O-Gram Compliance Policy


                            THD has made revisions to their NRIS as a joint effort across several THD functional
                            areas and included a thorough evaluation by an independent Structural Engineer and
                            approval from our Legal department. Rather than basing rules on departmental and
                            product category differences or individual and regional merchandising preferences, the
                            new NRIS is based on the integrity of the racking structure itself. They are minimum
                            requirements that apply throughout the THD organization. From time to time, local code
                            or manufacturer specifications may impose more stringent requirements. All THD
                            associates, suppliers and installation partners are expected to comply with NRIS rules.
                            Adhering to the new NRIS will lead to more consistent application of pallet racking and
                            cantilever rules and provide a safer store environment for our associates, customers and
                            supplier partners.

                            New POGs posted to the THD’s intranet MyApron portal must be NRIS compliant,
                            whether they are created internally [by the Innovation Center] or externally [by suppliers]:

                                     •      The basic guideline to follow is if the steel is touched, then the entire bay,
                                            including the overhead area must be upgraded to the new NRIS, i.e.
                                            products can be switched out without upgrading old POGs to the new
                                            standards provided that the beams are not moved or the steel
                                            configuration of the bays do not change.

                                     •      Store installation teams for existing stores are instructed to make
                                            appropriate adjustments in the field during reset installation for all non-
                                            compliant POGs.

                                     •      Merchants in association with their suppliers are instructed to ensure that
                                            all existing POGs are NRIS compliant. See full NRIS requirements
                                            attached below.

                            Key NRIS Requirements:

                                     •      For installation and evaluations purposes, all POGs must illustrate the full
                                            height of bays including the configuration of the overhead area

                                     •      A beam sheet (POG without product) must be available for each POG to
                                            indicate size and location of all beams and decking. See exhibit 2.5, p. 22
                                            for Beam Sheet example

                                     •      Merchandising Bay Guides must be based on POGs and updated
                                            accordingly (bay guides establish order quantities for beams and decking –
                                            see p. 10 for bay guide reference)

                            Failure to comply with any of the NRIS areas above or those outlined in the complete
                            NRIS guidelines (see attached) will result in the non-posting and non-execution of the
                            POG. Therefore all identified violations must be immediately cleared with our Store
                            Planning Department.

                            Click Here                                 Contact information:
                                                                    mark_rimel@homedepot.com




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Exhibit 2.5: Beam Sheet Example




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Plan-O-Grams – Management                                    POG v.3.0 Plan-O-Gram Compliance Policy


                            Successful POG execution and ongoing maintenance requires keen and conscientious
                            POG management. To support this effort, the following POG business rules will be put in
                            place:

                            Rules:
                                   1. All externally provided POGs must adhere to the current v. 3.0 Plan-O-Gram
                                      Compliance Policy
                                   2. Any currently posted POGs whose “Effective Date” or load date on the intranet
                                      portal is 2 years or older vs. the current calendar date must be validated by the
                                      POG owner or will be slated for removal from the portal
                                   3. All currently posted POG [department/class/category] contents and attachments
                                      must be reviewed and validated for accuracy and relevance by the appropriate
                                      POG owner/reviewer on a quarterly basis
                                   4. As updated or new POGs are sent and posed to the intranet MyApron portal, any
                                      preceding (outdated) POGs [for the same category] must be clearly identified for
                                      the internal POG team to assist in prompt removals
                                   5. POG postings to the intranet MyApron portal should only occur, when the
                                      representative SKUs are in “active” status (for the associated stores) in the data
                                      management system



                            Objectives:

                                       Ensure that current and valid POGs reside on the intranet portal

                                       Support the stores and ISS representatives heavy reliance on POG
                                       documentation to manage their stores by instilling a non-negotiable stance on
                                       effective and accurate POG management

                                       Advance and enforce POG ownership and accountability

                                       Endorse the following top company focuses: Product Availability, Shopping
                                       Environment and Associate Engagement




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Plan-O-Grams – Coming Attractions                           POG v.3.0 Plan-O-Gram Compliance Policy

                            The following POG impacting items are currently under construction and will be
                            communicated in detail in upcoming Plan-O-Gram Compliance Policy versions:




Standards Manual                            Our Visual Merchandising department is compiling a
for Signage                                 revised standards manual for signage. When finalized,
                                            suppliers will be provided with this update




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