C-SUITE

Alex and Ani makes exec appointment

BY Marianne Wilson

Alex and Ani has promoted Cindy DiPietrantonio to president of the company.

DiPietrantonio joined the jewelry and lifestyle brand in July 2016 as interim COO, and her transition to president has happened in “a very natural, organic way,” the company said.

"Cindy's ability to lead and inspire speaks for itself," Rafaelian CEO, founder and chief creative officer. "As we continue our journey as a global brand, she is helping to position the company for future growth, refining our go to market strategy.”

Prior to joining Alex and Ani, DiPietrantonio was interim president of Sheex Performance Bed Sheets and Sleepwear from 2014-2016. Before that, she was COO for The Jones Group.

In addition to her corporate responsibilities, DiPietrantonio served as a member of GS1, a neutral, not-for-profit, international organization that develops and maintains standards for supply and demand chains across multiple sectors.

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WORKFORCE

Minimum wage hikes approved in four states

BY Marianne Wilson

Retailers and other employers of minimum-wage earners can expect to see their labor costs go up in four states.

Voters in the states of Colorado, Maine, Washington, and Arizona all approved measures to raise their state’s minimum wage in Tuesday’s election.

The biggest hike will be in Maine, where the minimum hourly pay will increase from $7.50 to $12 by 2020, and later increasing with inflation.

In addition, the minimum wage for tipped workers in Maine will increase to $5 an hour, with $1 increase until their earnings equal the general minimum wage by 2024.

Voters in the state of Washington approved a measure whereby the minimum wage will increase from $9.47 to $13.50 by 2020. What’s more, employers will now be required to provide them with one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked.

In Colorado, the minimum wage will increase the minimum wage from $8.31 to $12 by 2020. And in Arizona, voters approved Proposition 206 , which will increase the state's minimum wage per hour (currently $8.05) in increments over the next four years until it hits $$12 in 2020. The measure also requires employers to provide paid sick time.

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POS/PAYMENTS

Regional grocer offers the latest in mobile self-scanning technology

BY Marianne Wilson

Shoppers can skip the line and checkout on their phones at a new supermarket in San Luis Obispo

At California Fresh Market, shoppers can download an app that lets them scan items' barcodes to add to their purchase. Shoppers can keep track of their running total while they browse and see specials and other information.

When it's time to checkout, shoppers scan a QR code at the front of the store. Payment happens on the phone via credit card or ApplePay and they're good to go.

The technology is provided by mobile developer FutureProof Retail.

California Fresh Market operates three stores in California stores, with locations in Solvang, San Luis Obispo, and Pismo (El Rancho Market).

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