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Nash Finch promotes Tom Swanson to senior VP of retail operations

Nash Finch Co., a Minneapolis-based food distributor, promoted Tom Swanson to senior vice president of retail operations.

Since joining Nash Finch in 2012, Swanson has successfully led corporate retail through several key growth initiatives, including new store openings, implementation of innovative retail marketing and merchandising programs, execution of a focused family fresh market remodel strategy, and the integration of Bag ‘N Save and No Frills stores into Nash Finch.

As senior vice president, Swanson will continue to oversee overall corporate retail operations at Nash Finch, including developing and executing on strategic plans, retail marketing strategies and accountability for corporate store operations and growth. Swanson will report to Kevin Elliott, executive vice president, president and chief operating officer.

“Tom Swanson brings extensive retail operations expertise to Nash Finch,” Elliott said in a press release. “We’ve positioned our corporate retail operation for sales growth, and Tom’s extensive experience operating multiple retail formats has positioned us along this path.” 

Prior to joining Nash Finch, Swanson spent over 25 years in various leadership positions at Bashas’ Supermarkets, including leading operations for their 50 Food City Markets.

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Associated Wholesale Grocers names EVP of division operations

Associated Wholesale Grocers announced that David Smith will be promoted to executive vice president of division operations effective Jan. 4. Smith will report to Jerry Garland, president and chief executive officer. In this new role he will have responsibility for AWG operations, corporate distribution, corporate services and IT.

Smith has been in the grocery industry for many years, starting as a teen in a family-owned business and working in various retail roles, including store owner and operator. Prior to joining AWG, David spent 17 years in various wholesale positions with Malone & Hyde and later Fleming, ranging from retail development manager to general manager of the Nashville, TN, division.

Having joined AWG in 2003 as director of real estate, Smith was promoted to director of member services for the Nashville division in 2007. In 2009 he was promoted to vice president of merchandising for the Memphis, TN, division. In conjunction with his contributions in Memphis, Smith was soon promoted to senior vice president and division manager and led the team in the successful start-up of the new Gulf Coast division.

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Associated Wholesale Grocers names EVP of division operations

Associated Wholesale Grocers announced that David Smith will be promoted to executive vice president of division operations effective Jan. 4. Smith will report to Jerry Garland, president and chief executive officer. In this new role he will have responsibility for AWG operations, corporate distribution, corporate services and IT.

Smith has been in the grocery industry for many years, starting as a teen in a family-owned business and working in various retail roles, including store owner and operator. Prior to joining AWG, David spent 17 years in various wholesale positions with Malone & Hyde and later Fleming, ranging from retail development manager to general manager of the Nashville, TN, division.

Having joined AWG in 2003 as director of real estate, Smith was promoted to director of member services for the Nashville division in 2007. In 2009 he was promoted to vice president of merchandising for the Memphis, TN, division. In conjunction with his contributions in Memphis, Smith was soon promoted to senior vice president and division manager and led the team in the successful start-up of the new Gulf Coast division.

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Associated Wholesale Grocers names EVP of division operations

Associated Wholesale Grocers announced that David Smith will be promoted to executive vice president of division operations effective Jan. 4. Smith will report to Jerry Garland, president and chief executive officer. In this new role he will have responsibility for AWG operations, corporate distribution, corporate services and IT.

Smith has been in the grocery industry for many years, starting as a teen in a family-owned business and working in various retail roles, including store owner and operator. Prior to joining AWG, David spent 17 years in various wholesale positions with Malone & Hyde and later Fleming, ranging from retail development manager to general manager of the Nashville, TN, division.

Having joined AWG in 2003 as director of real estate, Smith was promoted to director of member services for the Nashville division in 2007. In 2009 he was promoted to vice president of merchandising for the Memphis, TN, division. In conjunction with his contributions in Memphis, Smith was soon promoted to senior vice president and division manager and led the team in the successful start-up of the new Gulf Coast division.

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Albertsons-Safeway outlines new operations, leadership

Once the merger of Safeway into Albertsons has been completed, the new company will operate with three regions and 14 retail divisions, the two companies said Friday.

No banner changes are planned, they noted.

The deal, under which AB Acquisition LLC, an affiliate of Albertsons, will acquire 1,331 stores, 13 distribution center and 19 manufacturing plants from Safeway, is expected to close during the fourth quarter, pending a review by the Federal Trade Commission.

The companies said the combined operation will keep the focus and financial responsibilities at the division level “but take full advantage of the expertise, vision and core capabilities of the corporate team.”

The 14 divisions will be supported by corporate office in Boise, Idaho, where Albertsons is based; Pleasanton, Calif., where Safeway is based; and Phoenix. Robert Miller, Albertsons CEO, will become executive chairman of the combined company, with Robert Edwards, president and CEO of Safeway, retaining those titles under the new ownership.

The chain’s new leadership team will include the following:

  • Bob Gordon, EVP and general counsel.
  • Shane Sampson, EVP, marketing and merchandising.
  • Andy Scoggin, EVP, human resources, labor relations, public affairs and government affairs.
  • Jerry Tidwell, EVP, supply chain and manufacturing.
  • Lee Wilson, EVP and chief administrative officer.
  • Bob Dimond, EVP and CFO.
  • Justin Ewing, EVP, corporate development and real estate.
  • Barry Libenson, interim EVP and CIO, who is expected to stay with the new company through March, at which time a permanent successor will be named.
  • Wayne Denningham, EVP and COO, South region.
  • Justin Dye, EVP and COO, East region.
  • Kelly Griffith, EVP and COO, North region.

Division-level presidents will encompass the following:

North region: Dennis Bassler, Portland division; Paul McTavish, Denver division; Susan Morris, Intermountain division; Tom Schwilke, Northern California division; Dan Valenzuela, Seattle division.

South region: Shane Dorcheus, Southwest division; Scott Hayes, Southern division; Sidney Hopper, Houston division; Lori Raya, Southern California division; Robert Taylor, United division.

East region: Steve Burnham, Eastern division; Jim Perkins, Acme division; Jim Rice, Shaw’s division; Mike Withers, Jewel-Osco division.

“We’re drawing on the strong talent within both companies to build an innovative, customer-focused and growth-driven company,” Edwards said. “We are confident in this team’s ability to build a great company that’s positioned to win over the long term by earning the loyalty of grocery shoppers in every market we serve and delivering superior operational and financial results.”


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Miller said the best way to grow the business “is to have the highest-quality fresh departments; lower prices; clean, well-stocked stores; and the best customer service in the market. Our teams will focus on delivering what customers want locally, and we will give our store teams more flexibility to make decisions that are right for their neighborhoods. The division teams will have the responsibility to have the right assortment for their market.

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Albertsons-Safeway outlines new operations, leadership

Once the merger of Safeway into Albertsons has been completed, the new company will operate with three regions and 14 retail divisions, the two companies said Friday.

No banner changes are planned, they noted.

The deal, under which AB Acquisition LLC, an affiliate of Albertsons, will acquire 1,331 stores, 13 distribution center and 19 manufacturing plants from Safeway, is expected to close during the fourth quarter, pending a review by the Federal Trade Commission.

The companies said the combined operation will keep the focus and financial responsibilities at the division level “but take full advantage of the expertise, vision and core capabilities of the corporate team.”

The 14 divisions will be supported by corporate office in Boise, Idaho, where Albertsons is based; Pleasanton, Calif., where Safeway is based; and Phoenix. Robert Miller, Albertsons CEO, will become executive chairman of the combined company, with Robert Edwards, president and CEO of Safeway, retaining those titles under the new ownership.

The chain’s new leadership team will include the following:

  • Bob Gordon, EVP and general counsel.
  • Shane Sampson, EVP, marketing and merchandising.
  • Andy Scoggin, EVP, human resources, labor relations, public affairs and government affairs.
  • Jerry Tidwell, EVP, supply chain and manufacturing.
  • Lee Wilson, EVP and chief administrative officer.
  • Bob Dimond, EVP and CFO.
  • Justin Ewing, EVP, corporate development and real estate.
  • Barry Libenson, interim EVP and CIO, who is expected to stay with the new company through March, at which time a permanent successor will be named.
  • Wayne Denningham, EVP and COO, South region.
  • Justin Dye, EVP and COO, East region.
  • Kelly Griffith, EVP and COO, North region.

Division-level presidents will encompass the following:

North region: Dennis Bassler, Portland division; Paul McTavish, Denver division; Susan Morris, Intermountain division; Tom Schwilke, Northern California division; Dan Valenzuela, Seattle division.

South region: Shane Dorcheus, Southwest division; Scott Hayes, Southern division; Sidney Hopper, Houston division; Lori Raya, Southern California division; Robert Taylor, United division.

East region: Steve Burnham, Eastern division; Jim Perkins, Acme division; Jim Rice, Shaw’s division; Mike Withers, Jewel-Osco division.

“We’re drawing on the strong talent within both companies to build an innovative, customer-focused and growth-driven company,” Edwards said. “We are confident in this team’s ability to build a great company that’s positioned to win over the long term by earning the loyalty of grocery shoppers in every market we serve and delivering superior operational and financial results.”


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Miller said the best way to grow the business “is to have the highest-quality fresh departments; lower prices; clean, well-stocked stores; and the best customer service in the market. Our teams will focus on delivering what customers want locally, and we will give our store teams more flexibility to make decisions that are right for their neighborhoods. The division teams will have the responsibility to have the right assortment for their market.

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Albertsons-Safeway outlines new operations, leadership

Once the merger of Safeway into Albertsons has been completed, the new company will operate with three regions and 14 retail divisions, the two companies said Friday.

No banner changes are planned, they noted.

The deal, under which AB Acquisition LLC, an affiliate of Albertsons, will acquire 1,331 stores, 13 distribution center and 19 manufacturing plants from Safeway, is expected to close during the fourth quarter, pending a review by the Federal Trade Commission.

The companies said the combined operation will keep the focus and financial responsibilities at the division level “but take full advantage of the expertise, vision and core capabilities of the corporate team.”

The 14 divisions will be supported by corporate office in Boise, Idaho, where Albertsons is based; Pleasanton, Calif., where Safeway is based; and Phoenix. Robert Miller, Albertsons CEO, will become executive chairman of the combined company, with Robert Edwards, president and CEO of Safeway, retaining those titles under the new ownership.

The chain’s new leadership team will include the following:

  • Bob Gordon, EVP and general counsel.
  • Shane Sampson, EVP, marketing and merchandising.
  • Andy Scoggin, EVP, human resources, labor relations, public affairs and government affairs.
  • Jerry Tidwell, EVP, supply chain and manufacturing.
  • Lee Wilson, EVP and chief administrative officer.
  • Bob Dimond, EVP and CFO.
  • Justin Ewing, EVP, corporate development and real estate.
  • Barry Libenson, interim EVP and CIO, who is expected to stay with the new company through March, at which time a permanent successor will be named.
  • Wayne Denningham, EVP and COO, South region.
  • Justin Dye, EVP and COO, East region.
  • Kelly Griffith, EVP and COO, North region.

Division-level presidents will encompass the following:

North region: Dennis Bassler, Portland division; Paul McTavish, Denver division; Susan Morris, Intermountain division; Tom Schwilke, Northern California division; Dan Valenzuela, Seattle division.

South region: Shane Dorcheus, Southwest division; Scott Hayes, Southern division; Sidney Hopper, Houston division; Lori Raya, Southern California division; Robert Taylor, United division.

East region: Steve Burnham, Eastern division; Jim Perkins, Acme division; Jim Rice, Shaw’s division; Mike Withers, Jewel-Osco division.

“We’re drawing on the strong talent within both companies to build an innovative, customer-focused and growth-driven company,” Edwards said. “We are confident in this team’s ability to build a great company that’s positioned to win over the long term by earning the loyalty of grocery shoppers in every market we serve and delivering superior operational and financial results.”


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Miller said the best way to grow the business “is to have the highest-quality fresh departments; lower prices; clean, well-stocked stores; and the best customer service in the market. Our teams will focus on delivering what customers want locally, and we will give our store teams more flexibility to make decisions that are right for their neighborhoods. The division teams will have the responsibility to have the right assortment for their market.

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Albertsons-Safeway outlines new operations, leadership

Once the merger of Safeway into Albertsons has been completed, the new company will operate with three regions and 14 retail divisions, the two companies said Friday.

No banner changes are planned, they noted.

The deal, under which AB Acquisition LLC, an affiliate of Albertsons, will acquire 1,331 stores, 13 distribution center and 19 manufacturing plants from Safeway, is expected to close during the fourth quarter, pending a review by the Federal Trade Commission.

The companies said the combined operation will keep the focus and financial responsibilities at the division level “but take full advantage of the expertise, vision and core capabilities of the corporate team.”

The 14 divisions will be supported by corporate office in Boise, Idaho, where Albertsons is based; Pleasanton, Calif., where Safeway is based; and Phoenix. Robert Miller, Albertsons CEO, will become executive chairman of the combined company, with Robert Edwards, president and CEO of Safeway, retaining those titles under the new ownership.

The chain’s new leadership team will include the following:

  • Bob Gordon, EVP and general counsel.
  • Shane Sampson, EVP, marketing and merchandising.
  • Andy Scoggin, EVP, human resources, labor relations, public affairs and government affairs.
  • Jerry Tidwell, EVP, supply chain and manufacturing.
  • Lee Wilson, EVP and chief administrative officer.
  • Bob Dimond, EVP and CFO.
  • Justin Ewing, EVP, corporate development and real estate.
  • Barry Libenson, interim EVP and CIO, who is expected to stay with the new company through March, at which time a permanent successor will be named.
  • Wayne Denningham, EVP and COO, South region.
  • Justin Dye, EVP and COO, East region.
  • Kelly Griffith, EVP and COO, North region.

Division-level presidents will encompass the following:

North region: Dennis Bassler, Portland division; Paul McTavish, Denver division; Susan Morris, Intermountain division; Tom Schwilke, Northern California division; Dan Valenzuela, Seattle division.

South region: Shane Dorcheus, Southwest division; Scott Hayes, Southern division; Sidney Hopper, Houston division; Lori Raya, Southern California division; Robert Taylor, United division.

East region: Steve Burnham, Eastern division; Jim Perkins, Acme division; Jim Rice, Shaw’s division; Mike Withers, Jewel-Osco division.

“We’re drawing on the strong talent within both companies to build an innovative, customer-focused and growth-driven company,” Edwards said. “We are confident in this team’s ability to build a great company that’s positioned to win over the long term by earning the loyalty of grocery shoppers in every market we serve and delivering superior operational and financial results.”


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Miller said the best way to grow the business “is to have the highest-quality fresh departments; lower prices; clean, well-stocked stores; and the best customer service in the market. Our teams will focus on delivering what customers want locally, and we will give our store teams more flexibility to make decisions that are right for their neighborhoods. The division teams will have the responsibility to have the right assortment for their market.

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Albertsons-Safeway outlines new operations, leadership

Once the merger of Safeway into Albertsons has been completed, the new company will operate with three regions and 14 retail divisions, the two companies said Friday.

No banner changes are planned, they noted.

The deal, under which AB Acquisition LLC, an affiliate of Albertsons, will acquire 1,331 stores, 13 distribution center and 19 manufacturing plants from Safeway, is expected to close during the fourth quarter, pending a review by the Federal Trade Commission.

The companies said the combined operation will keep the focus and financial responsibilities at the division level “but take full advantage of the expertise, vision and core capabilities of the corporate team.”

The 14 divisions will be supported by corporate office in Boise, Idaho, where Albertsons is based; Pleasanton, Calif., where Safeway is based; and Phoenix. Robert Miller, Albertsons CEO, will become executive chairman of the combined company, with Robert Edwards, president and CEO of Safeway, retaining those titles under the new ownership.

The chain’s new leadership team will include the following:

  • Bob Gordon, EVP and general counsel.
  • Shane Sampson, EVP, marketing and merchandising.
  • Andy Scoggin, EVP, human resources, labor relations, public affairs and government affairs.
  • Jerry Tidwell, EVP, supply chain and manufacturing.
  • Lee Wilson, EVP and chief administrative officer.
  • Bob Dimond, EVP and CFO.
  • Justin Ewing, EVP, corporate development and real estate.
  • Barry Libenson, interim EVP and CIO, who is expected to stay with the new company through March, at which time a permanent successor will be named.
  • Wayne Denningham, EVP and COO, South region.
  • Justin Dye, EVP and COO, East region.
  • Kelly Griffith, EVP and COO, North region.

Division-level presidents will encompass the following:

North region: Dennis Bassler, Portland division; Paul McTavish, Denver division; Susan Morris, Intermountain division; Tom Schwilke, Northern California division; Dan Valenzuela, Seattle division.

South region: Shane Dorcheus, Southwest division; Scott Hayes, Southern division; Sidney Hopper, Houston division; Lori Raya, Southern California division; Robert Taylor, United division.

East region: Steve Burnham, Eastern division; Jim Perkins, Acme division; Jim Rice, Shaw’s division; Mike Withers, Jewel-Osco division.

“We’re drawing on the strong talent within both companies to build an innovative, customer-focused and growth-driven company,” Edwards said. “We are confident in this team’s ability to build a great company that’s positioned to win over the long term by earning the loyalty of grocery shoppers in every market we serve and delivering superior operational and financial results.”


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Miller said the best way to grow the business “is to have the highest-quality fresh departments; lower prices; clean, well-stocked stores; and the best customer service in the market. Our teams will focus on delivering what customers want locally, and we will give our store teams more flexibility to make decisions that are right for their neighborhoods. The division teams will have the responsibility to have the right assortment for their market.

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Albertsons-Safeway outlines new operations, leadership

Once the merger of Safeway into Albertsons has been completed, the new company will operate with three regions and 14 retail divisions, the two companies said Friday.

No banner changes are planned, they noted.

The deal, under which AB Acquisition LLC, an affiliate of Albertsons, will acquire 1,331 stores, 13 distribution center and 19 manufacturing plants from Safeway, is expected to close during the fourth quarter, pending a review by the Federal Trade Commission.

The companies said the combined operation will keep the focus and financial responsibilities at the division level “but take full advantage of the expertise, vision and core capabilities of the corporate team.”

The 14 divisions will be supported by corporate office in Boise, Idaho, where Albertsons is based; Pleasanton, Calif., where Safeway is based; and Phoenix. Robert Miller, Albertsons CEO, will become executive chairman of the combined company, with Robert Edwards, president and CEO of Safeway, retaining those titles under the new ownership.

The chain’s new leadership team will include the following:

  • Bob Gordon, EVP and general counsel.
  • Shane Sampson, EVP, marketing and merchandising.
  • Andy Scoggin, EVP, human resources, labor relations, public affairs and government affairs.
  • Jerry Tidwell, EVP, supply chain and manufacturing.
  • Lee Wilson, EVP and chief administrative officer.
  • Bob Dimond, EVP and CFO.
  • Justin Ewing, EVP, corporate development and real estate.
  • Barry Libenson, interim EVP and CIO, who is expected to stay with the new company through March, at which time a permanent successor will be named.
  • Wayne Denningham, EVP and COO, South region.
  • Justin Dye, EVP and COO, East region.
  • Kelly Griffith, EVP and COO, North region.

Division-level presidents will encompass the following:

North region: Dennis Bassler, Portland division; Paul McTavish, Denver division; Susan Morris, Intermountain division; Tom Schwilke, Northern California division; Dan Valenzuela, Seattle division.

South region: Shane Dorcheus, Southwest division; Scott Hayes, Southern division; Sidney Hopper, Houston division; Lori Raya, Southern California division; Robert Taylor, United division.

East region: Steve Burnham, Eastern division; Jim Perkins, Acme division; Jim Rice, Shaw’s division; Mike Withers, Jewel-Osco division.

“We’re drawing on the strong talent within both companies to build an innovative, customer-focused and growth-driven company,” Edwards said. “We are confident in this team’s ability to build a great company that’s positioned to win over the long term by earning the loyalty of grocery shoppers in every market we serve and delivering superior operational and financial results.”


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Miller said the best way to grow the business “is to have the highest-quality fresh departments; lower prices; clean, well-stocked stores; and the best customer service in the market. Our teams will focus on delivering what customers want locally, and we will give our store teams more flexibility to make decisions that are right for their neighborhoods. The division teams will have the responsibility to have the right assortment for their market.

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Albertsons-Safeway outlines new operations, leadership

Once the merger of Safeway into Albertsons has been completed, the new company will operate with three regions and 14 retail divisions, the two companies said Friday.

No banner changes are planned, they noted.

The deal, under which AB Acquisition LLC, an affiliate of Albertsons, will acquire 1,331 stores, 13 distribution center and 19 manufacturing plants from Safeway, is expected to close during the fourth quarter, pending a review by the Federal Trade Commission.

The companies said the combined operation will keep the focus and financial responsibilities at the division level “but take full advantage of the expertise, vision and core capabilities of the corporate team.”

The 14 divisions will be supported by corporate office in Boise, Idaho, where Albertsons is based; Pleasanton, Calif., where Safeway is based; and Phoenix. Robert Miller, Albertsons CEO, will become executive chairman of the combined company, with Robert Edwards, president and CEO of Safeway, retaining those titles under the new ownership.

The chain’s new leadership team will include the following:

  • Bob Gordon, EVP and general counsel.
  • Shane Sampson, EVP, marketing and merchandising.
  • Andy Scoggin, EVP, human resources, labor relations, public affairs and government affairs.
  • Jerry Tidwell, EVP, supply chain and manufacturing.
  • Lee Wilson, EVP and chief administrative officer.
  • Bob Dimond, EVP and CFO.
  • Justin Ewing, EVP, corporate development and real estate.
  • Barry Libenson, interim EVP and CIO, who is expected to stay with the new company through March, at which time a permanent successor will be named.
  • Wayne Denningham, EVP and COO, South region.
  • Justin Dye, EVP and COO, East region.
  • Kelly Griffith, EVP and COO, North region.

Division-level presidents will encompass the following:

North region: Dennis Bassler, Portland division; Paul McTavish, Denver division; Susan Morris, Intermountain division; Tom Schwilke, Northern California division; Dan Valenzuela, Seattle division.

South region: Shane Dorcheus, Southwest division; Scott Hayes, Southern division; Sidney Hopper, Houston division; Lori Raya, Southern California division; Robert Taylor, United division.

East region: Steve Burnham, Eastern division; Jim Perkins, Acme division; Jim Rice, Shaw’s division; Mike Withers, Jewel-Osco division.

“We’re drawing on the strong talent within both companies to build an innovative, customer-focused and growth-driven company,” Edwards said. “We are confident in this team’s ability to build a great company that’s positioned to win over the long term by earning the loyalty of grocery shoppers in every market we serve and delivering superior operational and financial results.”


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Miller said the best way to grow the business “is to have the highest-quality fresh departments; lower prices; clean, well-stocked stores; and the best customer service in the market. Our teams will focus on delivering what customers want locally, and we will give our store teams more flexibility to make decisions that are right for their neighborhoods. The division teams will have the responsibility to have the right assortment for their market.

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Target seeking to improve operations in U.S., Canada

Target Corp., Minneapolis, is taking steps to improve the performance of its U.S. and Canadian business segments following lower earnings and flattish sales during the second quarter ended Aug. 2, company executives told investors.

Some industry analysts said they expect more challenges for Target before things turn around.

“Target continues to struggle with retailing basics in both its U.S. and Canadian divisions,” said Kelly Tackett, U.S. research director for Planet Retail, London. “In its home market, improving store-level execution and delivering newness and excitement in marketing and merchandising must be at the top of the to-do list.

“Although ultimately surmountable, the problems Target faces in returning to comparable-store sales growth in the U.S. and saving its Canadian operations aren’t ones with easy fixes. Expect several more tough quarters before we begin to catch glimpses of the Target of tomorrow.”

For the second quarter ended Aug. 2, net income declined 61.7% to $ 234 million, while sales increased 1.7% to $ 17.4 billion and comparable store sales were flat. For the first six months, net income fell 41.2% to $ 653 million, with sales rising 1.9% to $ 34.5 billion and comps declining 0.2%.

Digital sales increased more than 30%, “which more than offset a decline in business to our conventional sites,” merchandising EVP Kathryn Tesija pointed out.

EVP and CFO John Mulligan — who served as interim CEO earlier this year before the company hired Brian Cornell as chairman and CEO — said second-quarter results “didn’t meet our expectations, [but] we are seeing some early signs of progress. In the U.S., traffic trends continue to recover and monthly sales are improving, with July comps up more than 1%. Better U.S. sales have continued into August, driven by early back-to-school results.”

The company also announced plans to expand the test of its 20,000-square-foot Target Express format to several additional locations outside the Twin Cities next year, based on results at the first Express store, which opened in late July adjacent to the University of Minnesota campus.

“So far sales have come in as expected, and not surprisingly, we are seeing much more traffic in a much smaller basket than our chainwide average,” Tesija said.

Target plans to cut back on promotional levels in the U.S. for the balance of the year, John R. Hulbert, senior director, investor communications, said. “The level of promotions in the second quarter was elevated, and looking ahead, we plan to moderate our promotional intensity to a level we believe is more appropriate in the long run.”

In Canada, Tesija said Target is working to improve its operations by developing better reporting methods to identify out-of-stock issues sooner; responding more quickly to competitive pricing moves, including more frequent comparison shopping on more items; and adding approximately 30,000 new items to its assortment, including more exclusive items and designer partnerships.

The initiatives in Canada are focused on delivering improved results by this year’s holiday season, Tesija noted.


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Sales in Target’s U.S. segment rose 0.7% to $ 17 billion during the quarter, while sales in the Canadian segment rose 63.1% to $ 449 million, reflecting the contribution from new stores, although those numbers were partially offset by a decline in comp sales of 11.4%. Target said the decline reflected comparisons with strong grand-opening sales surges in 2013, combined with the impact of market densification later in the year, which redistributed sales from earlier store openings.

Tesija said second-quarter sales in Canada “accelerated meaningfully from the first quarter but fell somewhat short of expectations,” with lower gross margins than expected, “driven by elevated markdowns resulting from continued operational issues.”

Target said the data breach in last year’s fourth quarter resulted in expenses of $ 148 million, which were partially offset by recognition of a $ 38-million insurance receivable.

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Target seeking to improve operations in U.S., Canada

Target Corp., Minneapolis, is taking steps to improve the performance of its U.S. and Canadian business segments following lower earnings and flattish sales during the second quarter ended Aug. 2, company executives told investors.

Some industry analysts said they expect more challenges for Target before things turn around.

“Target continues to struggle with retailing basics in both its U.S. and Canadian divisions,” said Kelly Tackett, U.S. research director for Planet Retail, London. “In its home market, improving store-level execution and delivering newness and excitement in marketing and merchandising must be at the top of the to-do list.

“Although ultimately surmountable, the problems Target faces in returning to comparable-store sales growth in the U.S. and saving its Canadian operations aren’t ones with easy fixes. Expect several more tough quarters before we begin to catch glimpses of the Target of tomorrow.”

For the second quarter ended Aug. 2, net income declined 61.7% to $ 234 million, while sales increased 1.7% to $ 17.4 billion and comparable store sales were flat. For the first six months, net income fell 41.2% to $ 653 million, with sales rising 1.9% to $ 34.5 billion and comps declining 0.2%.

Digital sales increased more than 30%, “which more than offset a decline in business to our conventional sites,” merchandising EVP Kathryn Tesija pointed out.

EVP and CFO John Mulligan — who served as interim CEO earlier this year before the company hired Brian Cornell as chairman and CEO — said second-quarter results “didn’t meet our expectations, [but] we are seeing some early signs of progress. In the U.S., traffic trends continue to recover and monthly sales are improving, with July comps up more than 1%. Better U.S. sales have continued into August, driven by early back-to-school results.”

The company also announced plans to expand the test of its 20,000-square-foot Target Express format to several additional locations outside the Twin Cities next year, based on results at the first Express store, which opened in late July adjacent to the University of Minnesota campus.

“So far sales have come in as expected, and not surprisingly, we are seeing much more traffic in a much smaller basket than our chainwide average,” Tesija said.

Target plans to cut back on promotional levels in the U.S. for the balance of the year, John R. Hulbert, senior director, investor communications, said. “The level of promotions in the second quarter was elevated, and looking ahead, we plan to moderate our promotional intensity to a level we believe is more appropriate in the long run.”

In Canada, Tesija said Target is working to improve its operations by developing better reporting methods to identify out-of-stock issues sooner; responding more quickly to competitive pricing moves, including more frequent comparison shopping on more items; and adding approximately 30,000 new items to its assortment, including more exclusive items and designer partnerships.

The initiatives in Canada are focused on delivering improved results by this year’s holiday season, Tesija noted.


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Sales in Target’s U.S. segment rose 0.7% to $ 17 billion during the quarter, while sales in the Canadian segment rose 63.1% to $ 449 million, reflecting the contribution from new stores, although those numbers were partially offset by a decline in comp sales of 11.4%. Target said the decline reflected comparisons with strong grand-opening sales surges in 2013, combined with the impact of market densification later in the year, which redistributed sales from earlier store openings.

Tesija said second-quarter sales in Canada “accelerated meaningfully from the first quarter but fell somewhat short of expectations,” with lower gross margins than expected, “driven by elevated markdowns resulting from continued operational issues.”

Target said the data breach in last year’s fourth quarter resulted in expenses of $ 148 million, which were partially offset by recognition of a $ 38-million insurance receivable.

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Pink Lady apple operations expand into South East Asia

Pink Lady apple operations expand into South East Asia

Exports of Australia’s most popular apple, the Pink Lady, will start a new marketing campaign for Asian markets. There’s been huge growth in Pink Lady exports across Europe and the UK.

Apple and Pear Australia Limited (APAL) is the licensed owner of the Pink Lady variety, and its managing director for intellectual property, Garry Langford, says an office has been opened in Malaysia to oversee the new campaign.

“This approach provides us with the opportunity to bring some of the money that we otherwise might have spent within the European area to invest in the development of new markets.”

Revenue from Europe has allowed APAL to push into Asian markets closer to home.

“As an industry, we are actively re-encouraging people to export. Clearly it’s a huge opportunity for Australian product to come into South East Asia as well.”

Mr Langford says the new investment will encourage bigger export volumes into Asia.

“We feel like we can give some confidence to those in the system that want to ship out of Australia that we have a good mechanism in place.”     

Source: abc.net.au

Publication date: 8/19/2014


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Chiquita makes New Orleans top banana, returns shipping operations

Chiquita makes New Orleans top banana, returns shipping operations

Chiquita’s shipping operations will return to New Orleans after a nearly 40-year hiatus. The company, known as United Brands in the 1970s, relocated its shipping operations from the Port of New Orleans to the Port of Gulfport in the mid-1970s after more than seven decades of calling at the Port of New Orleans. An LSU economic impact study suggests the project will result in approximately 270 to 350 new permanent jobs in New Orleans – based upon the range of TEUs shipped – as well as an increase in total economic output of $ 373 million to $ 485 million over the next 10 years.

Governor Jindal said, “This is a huge, historic win for the Port of New Orleans and for trade in our state. We are excited to welcome back Chiquita after a nearly 40-year hiatus. Since day one, we have made economic development our top priority, and a big part of that has been investing in our ports to cultivate job-creating projects in Louisiana. In fact, since 2008, we’ve invested hundreds of millions in port infrastructure and port-related economic-development projects all across Louisiana. These efforts, combined with our progress in improving our state’s business climate, have led to record-high employment levels in Louisiana and the lowest unemployment rate in the South. Today’s announcement further solidifies Louisiana’s position as one of the top states for international commerce in the U.S.”

Chiquita plans to ship 30,000 to 39,000 TEUs of bananas and other fresh fruit into the Port of New Orleans, as well as 30,000 to 39,000 TEUs of various outbound cargo. Company shipments in New Orleans are expected to begin by the first quarter of 2015.

“We at Chiquita are thrilled to return to the port and the great city of New Orleans as we implement a new shipping configuration,” said Pacheco, who supervises the company’s global logistics. “We are particularly excited about the enhanced service levels to our Chiquita and Great White Fleet customers that will result from this change in our shipping operations and expanded vessel capacity. We have valued our partnership with the Port of Gulfport and thank them for many years of great service. This was a clear business decision for us surrounding our new shipping configuration rather than any dissatisfaction with the strong and economically competitive team we have had at Gulfport.”

The project will strengthen both the state’s and the New Orleans port’s ties to Central America. It will result in improved ocean transportation to those countries, and it helps further establish New Orleans as one of the premier ports for handling temperature-sensitive cargo. Additionally, the new ocean service will benefit shippers looking to export more cargo to Central America.

At the announcement event, Governor Jindal and Pacheco were joined by Port of New Orleans President and CEO Gary LaGrange, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Greater New Orleans Inc. President and CEO Michael Hecht, Chiquita Senior Vice President (for North America Bananas) Chris Dugan and state Rep. Walt Leger. The Port of New Orleans has been cultivating a relationship with Chiquita over the past decade.

To secure the project, the State of Louisiana will provide Chiquita a performance-based incentive of $ 18.55 per TEU (total value of $ 1.11 million to 1.45 million annually) to offset increased shipping and handling costs at the Port of New Orleans, and will invest $ 2.2 million in a port-owned distribution/ripening facility to be leased to Chiquita. The Port of New Orleans will invest $ 2.0 million for refrigerated-container electrical infrastructure and rehabilitation of a container freight warehouse to accommodate the project.

“New Orleans is on a roll and the Chiquita Brands investment is yet another example of the continued growth across industries in our city,” Landrieu said. “With the creation of hundreds of new permanent jobs, Chiquita will create major opportunities for our citizens and continue to turbocharge the Port of New Orleans. I am very pleased to welcome Chiquita back.”

Source: bayoubuzz.com

Publication date: 5/15/2014


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Gose joins Weis Markets as operations SVP

Weis Markets on Wednesday said that David W. Gose has joined the company as SVP of operations.Weis Markets SVP David. W. Gose

Gose will oversee the day-to-day operation and management of the company’s stores. He reports to Kurt Schertle, COO.

Prior to joining Weis, Gose was senior director and regional general manager for Walmart, where he oversaw 92 stores and more than 30,000 full and part-time workers in Ohio.


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He has more than 24 years of retailing experience. Earlier in his career at Wal-Mart, he worked as a district manager in the company’s Midwest and Northeast/Mid-Atlantic divisions.

Gose earned a degree in Business Administration from Ohio University.

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Vision appoints operations chief at Phoenix branch

Vision Produce Co. in Los Angeles has named Allan Acosta vice president of operations at its Phoenix branch. Acosta, who has more than 14 years of procurement and production experience in produce, will partner with John Caldwell, Vision Produce Co.’s vice president of sales and procurement.

Most recently, Acosta was senior crop manager-tropical fruits for Ready Pac Produce.   Prior to that, he held increasingly responsible positions with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Central American Produce Inc.

Acosta began his new position at Vision on Monday April 14, and is located in the company’s offices in Phoenix.  

“Allan brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and professionalism to Vision Produce Company,” Caldwell said in a press release. “We are excited about the next chapter in the growth of our grower partners and operations under his leadership. This is another step in our increasing value and service we are bringing to our customers and growers.”

“I am excited about the opportunity to add value to Vision Produce Company and its accelerating operation,” Acosta added in the press release. “I look forward to contribute in expanding Vision’s strategic produce sourcing, logistic capabilities and its organizational foundation. This will enable sustainable future growth and competitiveness in the marketplace.”

Acosta earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural sciences from Universidad Earth and an MBA in global management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

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