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Issue 01-28-2013

Walmart steps up

NEW YORK — Walmart is once again using its considerable clout to exert a positive influence on matters that normally fall outside the purview of retailers. Walmart is once again using its considerable clout to exert a positive influence on matters that normally fall outside the purview of retailers. The company, which previously launched a

Walmart realigns merchants

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart is promoting a number of executives within its U.S. merchandising organization. The moves, effective on February 1, include the appointment of John Aden as executive vice president of merchandise services. Walmart is promoting a number of executives within its U.S. merchandising organization. The moves, effective on February 1, include the appointment

Tough job ahead for Albertson’s

MINNEAPOLIS — Albertson’s LLC sees “great potential” for the 877 stores it agreed to purchase from Supervalu Inc., says Bob Miller, the former’s chief executive officer and a retail turnaround veteran. Albertson’s LLC sees “great potential” for the 877 stores it agreed to purchase from Supervalu Inc., says Bob Miller, the former’s chief executive officer

Meijer appoints new president

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — J.K. Symancyk has been named president of Meijer Inc. He succeeds Mark Murray, who has been named to the new position of co-chief executive officer. J.K. Symancyk has been named president of Meijer Inc. He succeeds Mark Murray, who has been named to the new position of co-chief executive officer. Symancyk,

Final month of  ’12 brings mixed sales results

NEW YORK — Sales across the mass market in December were mixed, with a handful of retailers showing significant gains over 2011 but others seeing their sales fall off from the prior year’s level. Sales across the mass market in December were mixed, with a handful of retailers showing significant gains over 2011 but others

More changes at Delhaize U.S.

SALISBURY, N.C. — Delhaize America has announced store closings and cuts to its executive ranks as part of its ongoing restructuring efforts. Delhaize America has announced store closings and cuts to its executive ranks as part of its ongoing restructuring efforts. The company is closing 33 Sweetbay supermarkets in Florida, as well as eight Food

Sears CEO D’Ambrosio steps down

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Sears Holdings Corp. has announced that Lou D’Ambrosio will step down as chief executive officer effective February 2 due to family health matters. Chairman Edward Lampert will take over the CEO’s role in addition to his position of ­chairman. Sears Holdings Corp. has announced that Lou D’Ambrosio will step down as

Jim Trappani joins Family Dollar

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Family Dollar Stores Inc. has named Jim Trappani vice president of health and beauty aids. He reports to senior vice president and general merchandise manager John Scanlon. Family Dollar Stores Inc. has named Jim Trappani vice president of health and beauty aids. He reports to senior vice president and general merchandise manager

Retail is all about the customer

No mass retailer prepared more thoughtfully, more diligently, more creatively or more wisely for last year’s Christmas selling season than Target. No mass retailer prepared more thoughtfully, more diligently, more creatively or more wisely for last year’s Christmas selling season than Target. The Minneapolis-based merchant offered its guests a variety of compelling — indeed irresistible

Back on track, Walmart prepares for what’s next

After experiencing its share of ups and downs in recent years, Walmart’s U.S. business is on a steady course, one aligned with the company’s philosophy, history and position in the marketplace. After experiencing its share of ups and downs in recent years, Walmart’s U.S. business is on a steady course, one aligned with the company’s