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Ahold USA appoints senior VP store strategy and execution

BY Alaric Dearment

CARLISLE, Pa. — Ahold USA has appointed Nick Bertram as its senior VP store strategy and execution, the supermarket operator said Thursday.

Bertram previoulsy worked for Jewel-Osco, where he oversaw operations across Illinois, Indiana and Iowa. He was also senior VP of Supervalu and worked in executive positions at Walmart in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania. His new position at Ahold USA will be based out of the company’s Carlisle, Pa., headquarters.

In the new role, he will manage new business ventures and be in charge of operational support processes in partnership with the company’s retail divisions. Ahold USA owns the Stop & Shop, Giant Food of Landover, Md., and Giant Food Stores of Carlisle, Pa., chains, as well as the Peapod online grocery service.

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Veteran retailer Allen Questrom joins Men’s Wearhouse board

BY Dan Berthiaume

Fremont, Calif. — Allen I. Questrom, who has held CEO and other senior executive positions at several major retailers in the past 40 years, has joined the board of directors of The Men’s Wearhouse. With the addition of Questrom, currently a member of the boards of directors of Sotheby’s and the Glazer family of companies, Men’s Wearhouse has nine directors, seven of whom are independent.

“I’m pleased to welcome Allen to the board,” said Doug Ewert, Men’s Wearhouse president and CEO. “He brings extensive experience in our industry, highlighted by his service as the CEO of several large publicly traded retailers. Allen’s expertise in customer service, merchandising, marketing and finance, will be a great benefit for all of our stakeholders."

Questrom was chairman and CEO of Neiman Marcus, Inc. from 1988 to 1990. He was at Federated Department Stores, Inc. (now Macy’s) as chairman and CEO from February 1990 to May 1997. From May 1999 to January 2001, he served as chairman of the board of Barneys New York, Inc. and from May 1999 and until September 2000, as CEO and president. From 2000 to December 2004, he was chairman and CEO of J.C. Penney Company. He has also previously served as a member of the boards of directors of Footlocker, Inc. and Wal Mart Stores, Inc. and was non-executive chairman of Deb Shops, Inc.

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Shanghai retailer pilots mobile rewards solution

BY Dan Berthiaume

Boston — Japanese retailer Yummie House is piloting a new mobile rewards solution at 10 stores in Shanghai, China. Yummie House is using a joint application from Appconomy and ByteLight that combines the cloud-based Appconomy Platform mobile marketing platform solution with ByteLight light field communication (LFC) technology.

LFC readers transmit a signal via short-range light which is picked up by a shopper’s camera-equipped mobile device by touching or bringing within close proximity. LFC readers allow customers to avoid having to unlock phones, launch check-in applications or search for the store they’re in by tapping the phone near the device. The readers plug into existing POS systems to securely verify customer location for mobile customer loyalty and redemption programs.

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