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Crossmark tabbed as Walmart preferred service provider

Crossmark tabbed as Walmart preferred service provider

PLANO, Texas — Sales and marketing specialist Crossmark Inc. has been selected by Walmart as a preferred service provider. With the Walmart preferred service provider designation, Crossmark said it’s one of five companies allowed to execute merchandising activity on behalf of suppliers in about 5,000 Walmart stores nationwide. Crossmark noted that, with the Walmart agreement

Gelbert joins Nature’s Bounty as chief scientific officer

Gelbert joins Nature’s Bounty as chief scientific officer

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. — Former Pfizer executive Mark Gelbert has been named chief scientific officer of The Nature’s Bounty Co. Gelbert will lead Nature’s Bounty’s research, development and innovation efforts by creating and executing product development strategies, enhancing product offerings, and driving product advancements across all of its global brands. “I am thrilled to be joining

Snickers to debut three limited-edition flavors

Snickers to debut three limited-edition flavors

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — Mars Inc.’s Snickers brand announced it will debut three limited-edition flavors — Espresso, Fiery and Salty & Sweet — in June 2018. The new flavors will feature peanuts and caramel covered in milk chocolate with a flavor-infused nougat — espresso, hot pepper or salted caramel flavor. The company said each bar will

Walgreens plans technology center in Chicago

Walgreens plans technology center in Chicago

DEERFIELD, Ill. —Walgreens is constructing a new technology center of excellence at its downtown Chicago office in the Sullivan Center. Announcing the project with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Walgreens said it will bring about 300 technology jobs to the new facility. That addition, plus new hires and relocations from its Deerfield, Ill., support office, will

Leadership changes at Kroger

Leadership changes at Kroger

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. on Tuesday announced the retirement of Central division president Katie Wolfram and the promotion of Pam Matthews, currently the QFC division president, to succeed her. Suzy Monford will join the company to succeed Matthews as the president of the QFC division. “We are grateful for Katie’s nearly 40 years of dedicated service

Albertsons taps Perkins to head Safeway East

Albertsons taps Perkins to head Safeway East

BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons Cos. has tapped Jim Perkins to serve as president of Safeway’s Eastern Division. He succeeds Dan Valenzuela, who the company said left to pursue other opportunities. The 125-store division comprises Safeway’s stores in Virginia, D.C., Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania. Perkins will continue to serve as executive vice president of retail operations

NRF: Retail sales rose in September

NRF: Retail sales rose in September

WASHINGTON – Retail sales in September were up 0.5% over August on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the National Retail Federation, and were up 3.2% year-over-year on an unadjusted basis. The numbers exclude sales of automobiles, or those at gasoline stations and restaurants. “Retail appears to have navigated through some rough weather – literally,”

Catalina names global chief retail officer

Catalina names global chief retail officer

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tom Corley has joined Catalina as global chief retail officer and president of U.S. retail. The shopper intelligence and personalized digital media firm said Monday that, in the role, Corley will lead Catalina’s U.S. retail business and bring added leadership to Catalina’s retail clients in Europe and Japan. “I am excited

Emerson Group names Ed Morgan president

Emerson Group names Ed Morgan president

WAYNE, Pa. — The Emerson Group has named Ed Morgan as president. Prior to his promotion, Morgan was serving the company as vice president and partner. He joined Emerson in 2005 as business manager, a role that allowed him to contribute to the company’s Bentonville, Ark.-based Walmart team and participate in client business development, brand

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