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Issue 08-1-2016

Brands have obligation to safeguard their integrity

Brands have obligation to safeguard their integrity

Our engagement to help the Italian consortium that produces genuine Parmigiano Reggiano cheese to identify and stop trademark infringements, and thus strengthen its own brand reputation, set off a series of questions that at first bordered on the philosophical. But ultimately, going down this path shed much insight not only on this world-famous and beloved

Target tabs senior VP of logistics

MINNEAPOLIS — Ben Cook has been named senior vice president of global logistics, inventory allocation and replenishment at Target Corp. He will lead the optimization of Target’s inbound and outbound supply chain processes, including carrier transportation and last-mile delivery. He’ll also oversee merchandise planning operations and global logistics. He will report to executive vice president

Walmart nixes toxic chemicals

Walmart nixes toxic chemicals

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart is asking its suppliers to eliminate eight controversial chemicals from their products in order to increase their safety and promote sustainability. The targeted substances were selected with the assistance of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and were limited in number to facilitate quick progress. The chemicals singled out are: formaldehyde, triclosan,

Exec team evolves at Kroger

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. recently announced management changes at several of its divisions, most notably the pending retirement of Bob Mariano, chief executive officer of Kroger’s Roundy’s division and the creator and namesake of the Mariano’s grocery chain in the Chicago area. Mariano, 66, is set to retire September 1, but he will serve as

Sobeys’ Poulin exits CEO post

Marc Poulin has left his posts as president and chief executive officer of Sobeys Inc. and the Canadian grocery chain’s parent company, Empire Co. His sudden departure, announced by Empire’s board last month, came soon after Empire reported a $2.13 billion net loss for its 2016 financial year. The loss was mainly attributed to Sobeys’

New crop of merchants rises

New crop of merchants rises

A new generation of faces has quietly assumed leadership positions within the mass retailing community, a generation that has come to dominate the buying and merchandising ranks. In the main, these merchants are largely unknown outside their companies, though they are quickly gaining recognition and respect. With the NACDS Total Store Expo event coming to

Market innovations demand a response

Market innovations demand a response

A recent report from Accenture highlights a troubling fact about most retailers — they are so hemmed in by existing operating models that they are unable to respond quickly or effectively enough to changes in the marketplace that have a direct bearing on the business, undercutting their competitiveness and growth potential. Companies hindered by that