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American Apparel workers create coalition

BY Dan Berthiaume

Los Angeles – Factory workers of American Apparel established a coalition of workers to advocate for their rights before new corporate management. Hundreds of workers met on Feb. 28 to organize themselves into the "Coalition of American Apparel Factory Workers United to Save American Apparel."

Among the demands raised by the coalition are to stop using "Sweatshop Free" in company advertising; stop the reduction of production hours and the furloughing of workers; and stop the intimidation of workers by security guards and supervisors for seeking to meet and organize themselves to address workplace issues.

The coalition is organizing with the support of Hermandad Mexicana, an immigrant's rights advocacy non-profit.

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SpartanNash promotes CFO to COO

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Grocery distributor and retailer SpartanNash has promoted Dave Staples, current executive VP and CFO, to COO. Staples will oversee all three operating segments of the company: retail, wholesale and military distribution. He will continue to serve as CFO until his replacement is hired.

Staples joined SpartanNash in January 2000, serving as the company’s executive VP and CFO since November of 2000

In addition, SpartanNash promoted Derek Jones, currently executive VP, food distribution, to president, wholesale and distribution operations. He will oversee the entire supply chain, including military supply chain operations.

Jones joined the company in 2006 from Unisource Worldwide, where he served as VP of distribution for the company’s eastern region covering 35 states, 48 distributions centers and $3 billion in annual delivery sales.

Jones also has held senior operations management positions with Office Depot, Walgreens and Wal-Mart.

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Study: POS technology alive and well; North American shipments up 5%

BY Dan Berthiaume

Franklin, Tenn. – The boring old POS terminal may not be so boring after all. According to new research from IHL Group, North American POS shipments grew by 5.2% year-over-year in 2014, a time when many were calling for a reduction in shipments due to mobile.

Worldwide POS terminal shipments also increased just about 5%. And perhaps the biggest surprise was the resurgence of the Europe/Middle East/Africa POS market, which experienced 4.9% growth. Unexpected softness was observed in the previously booming Latin/South America POS terminal market.

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