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2010

Dollar General names Taylor chief merchandising officer

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General Corp. has appointed Emily Taylor executive vice president and chief merchandising officer, succeeding Jason Reiser, who has left the company. Taylor, who has worked at Dollar General for more than 20 years, most recently served as senior vice president of channel ­innovation. “We are confident that Emily’s strategic vision and

Ahold Delhaize progresses with self-distribution

QUINCY, Mass. — Ahold Delhaize USA is moving forward on its three-year, $480 million initiative to transition its supply chain to an integrated, self-distribution model. Chris Lewis, executive vice president of supply chain for Ahold Delhaize USA’s Retail Business Services segment, recently informed suppliers by letter that the company has targeted six distribution centers to

Flees details health care initiatives at Walmart and Sam’s

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Before being named to her current position as senior vice president and chief operating officer of Walmart Health and Wellness, Lori Flees spent more than two years as senior vice president and general merchandising manager of Health and Wellness at Sam’s Club. In a recent conversation with Mass Market Retailers editor-in-chief ­Jeffrey

Legal battle begins

WILMINGTON, Del. — A judge has temporarily blocked CVS Caremark Corp. from hiring Hank Mullany, former president of the northern division of Walmart U.S. A judge has temporarily blocked CVS Caremark Corp. from hiring Hank Mullany, former president of the northern division of Walmart U.S. CVS had announced Mullany’s appointment as president of CVS/pharmacy, succeeding

November sales offer reason for optimism

NEW YORK — Consumers were ready to spend in November and retail sales surged, boosting hopes for a strong holiday season. Consumers were ready to spend in November and retail sales surged, boosting hopes for a strong holiday season. Based on a weighted composite of 30 retailers, Kantar Retail reported a 6% same-store sales increase,

High court to hear Walmart case

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by Walmart in a class-action sex discrimination case against the giant discounter. The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by Walmart in a class-action sex discrimination case against the giant discounter. At issue is whether the claims by so many individual employees

Remembering a legendary retailer

Jack Shewmaker, the personification of ambiguity, a man of stunning contradiction and uncommon perplexity, was never as successful as he wanted to be — or as successful as he thought he should be. Jack Shewmaker, the personification of ambiguity, a man of stunning contradiction and uncommon perplexity, was never as successful as he wanted to

Costco sees earnings jump 17%

ISSAQUAH, Wash. — Costco Wholesale Corp. posted a 17% increase in profit for the first quarter ended November 21, helped in part by a 10% increase in membership fee income, and a 7% increase in same-club sales worldwide. Costco Wholesale Corp. posted a 17% increase in profit for the first quarter ended November 21, helped

Michel to exit Giant-Landover

CARLISLE, Pa. — Robin Michel, president of the Giant-Landover division of Ahold USA, will step down by the end of the year to pursue other opportunities, according to the company. Robin Michel, president of the Giant-Landover division of Ahold USA, will step down by the end of the year to pursue other opportunities, according to

Duckwall chain to close 43 units

ABILENE, Kan. — Duckwall-ALCO Stores Inc. will permanently close 43 of its 44 Duckwall stores and rebanner one to refocus investment on its 214 ALCO stores. Duckwall-ALCO Stores Inc. will permanently close 43 of its 44 Duckwall stores and rebanner one to refocus investment on its 214 ALCO stores. The company will also change its

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