Sampson steps down at Albertsons

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BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons Cos. is looking for an executive to oversee merchandising and marketing for its stores and websites following Shane Sampson’s departure from the company earlier this month.

Sampson, who has spent nearly four decades working in the grocery industry, returned to Albertsons Cos. in 2015 as executive vice president and marketing and merchandising chief.

In that role he helped direct an update of the retailer’s product portfolio to align it more closely with consumer demands around convenience, healthy eating and label transparency.

In 2016, Albertsons Cos. diversified its own-brand offer via the introduction of the expansive Signature line of more than 4,000 products. The line augmented a roster that includes such established store brands as Lucerne, as well as the Open Nature and O Organics brands, which gained popularity by addressing the natural/organic trend.

Sampson also helped shape Albertsons Cos.’response to the demands of omnichannel retailing, and helped develop strategies for engaging with consumers through social media.

“Shane has been instrumental in building the Albertsons Cos. we know today — both at a division level and nationally,” president and chief executive officer Vivek Sankaran said in a statement.

“Since 2013, he has helped our team turn around operations in addition to building a robust merchandising and marketing function to help support our 2,200 locations. He launched our e-commerce business in key markets and strengthened it in areas where it had operated since 2002, and accelerated the growth of our Own Brands business by envisioning a faster, smarter way to connect with customer needs,” Sankaran said. “He has been a champion for omnichannel growth both internally and with our supplier community. Throughout his years with Albertsons and in the industry, he has mentored countless thousands in running great stores. I know that he will do great work in whatever he chooses to take on next.”

Over the course of his career, Sampson saw grocers strive to personalize the food shopping experience as consumers became ever-more empowered by technology, he said in an interview in 2017 in connection to his recognition by MMR as Merchant of the Year. Sampson served as president of two Albertsons Inc. divisions — Florida and Intermountain — and he served as marketing and merchandising chief of Albertson’s LLC’s Southern division. He also worked as president of three Albertsons Cos. banners — Shaw’s, Star Market and ­Jewel-Osco.

His tenure at Albertsons was interrupted by stints at Sam’s Club and Ahold’s Giant of Landover banner.

Albertsons operates 2,277 retail food and drug stores, with 1,743 pharmacies, 395 associated fuel centers, 23 dedicated distribution centers, five Plated fulfillment centers and 20 manufacturing ­facilities.

The company’s stores mainly operate under the following banners: Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Carrs, Sav-On, Jewel-Osco, Acme, Shaw’s, Star Market, United Supermarkets, Market Street, Amigos, Haggen and United Express.


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