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October 13, 2015


New chief merchant named for Walmart U.S.

Steve Bratspies

Walmart has promoted Steve Bratspies to chief merchandising officer for Walmart U.S., the retail giant's largest business unit.

Bratspies, currently executive vice president of food at Walmart U.S., fills the vacancy left by Duncan Mac Naughton, who departed Walmart last November.

Taking over Bratspies as executive vice president of food will be Charles Redfield, executive vice president of merchandising at Sam’s Club.

John Furner, chief merchandising and marketing officer at Walmart China, has been named to assume Redfield's post at Sam's Club.



Walmart announces CFO succession

Walmart chief financial officer Charles Holley plans to retire at the end of this year and will be succeeded by Brett Biggs, CFO of Walmart International.

Walmart plans 'America's biggest health fair'

This Saturday, Walmart plans to hold what it calls “America’s biggest health fair.”

Meijer taps Rick Keyes as company president

Meijer Inc. has named Rick Keyes as its new president. He succeeds J.K. Symancyk, who is leaving the company to join a Texas-based sports and outdoor lifestyle retailer.

Walmart lays off 450 at headquarters

Walmart laid off 450 headquarters staff members on Friday. The move, which confirmed months of rumors about job cuts, is meant to help speed decision-making at the giant retailer.

Sam Duncan to retire as Supervalu president, CEO

Supervalu Inc. president and chief executive officer Sam Duncan plans to retire on February 29, 2016, following the end of the company’s current fiscal year.

September same-store sales rise at Rite Aid

Same-store sales at Rite Aid Corp. edged up in September despite flat results in the front end.

Walmart to cut hundreds of headquarters jobs

Walmart plans to lay off hundreds of employees at its corporate headquarters as the company pares operating costs, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the situation.

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Nestlé introduces Halloween season treats

In preparation for Halloween and Día de los Muertos, Nestlé USA said it has unvelied a number of seasonal offerings including Nestlé Crunch Peanuts Molded Fun Size Bars and SweeTARTS Skulls & Bones.

Kimberly-Clark rolls out Poise Impressa Bladder Supports

This month, Kimberly-Clark Corp. has begun making its new Poise Impressa Bladder Supports widely available in retail stores.

Spectrum Brands CEO named to board

Andreas Rouvé, president and chief executive officer of Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc., has been elected to the company’s board of directors.

Physicians Formula names senior VP of sales

Physicians Formula Group, a division of Markwins International Corp., has appointed Michael Carter to senior vice president of sales.

Firefly expands character line with Spider-Man rinse

Dr. Fresh LLC's Firefly brand is expanding its character line of children's oral care products with the launch of the new Spider-Man Fun Pump Rinse.

Skinfix expands eczema regimen at Target

Skinfix Inc. is expanding its steroid-free eczema line to include a natural daily skin care regimen formulated to maintain sensitive skin health and treat eczema flare-ups.

Bayer names new North America president for Consumer Care

Natalie Bartner has joined Bayer HealthCare as president of Bayer Consumer Care, North America.

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