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Design • Forum.

Ranked as one of the nation’s top retail design firms, Design Forum is headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, with offices in London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris and San Francisco. Design Forum offers a comprehensive range of integrated services including strategy, research, design, branding, architecture, procurement and implementation. Design Forum has produced award-winning designs for an international client list that includes Walgreens, Applebee’s, Toys “R” Us, Smart Car, AT&T, Washington Mutual, Yankee Candle, John Deere and P&G.

Design Forum is a part of Interbrand, which is an Omnicom company [NYSE: OMC] [www.omnicomgroup.com]. Omnicom is a leading global advertising, marketing and corporate communications company. Omnicom’s branded networks and numerous specialty firms provide advertising, strategic media planning and buying, interactive, direct and promotional marketing, public relations and other specialty communications services to over 5,000 clients in more than 100 countries.

For more information about Design Forum, visit www.designforum.com or contact Lynn Gonsior, Executive Vice President, 7575 Paragon Road, Dayton, OH 45459, 937-439-4400 or [email protected]

CHAIN STORE AGE THE NEWSMAGAZINE FOR RETAIL EXECUTIVES

Chain Store Age is the leading publication serving retail headquarters management. A monthly newsmagazine, Chain Store Age reports and analyzes trends and strategies in the following areas:

Corporate strategies

Technology

Supply Chain

Networking

Electronic Retailing

Payment Systems

Finance

Security

Marketing

Operations

Store Design/Visual Merchandising

Store Construction

Physical Supports

Facilities Maintenance

Human Resources

Leasing

Real Estate Development

Chain Store Age has been published since 1925. Its readers include chain headquarters decision makers from department stores, discount stores, specialty stores, supermarkets, convenience stores, variety stores, general merchandise stores, drug stores, home centers and hardware chains, and nonstore retailers as well as shopping center owners and developers.

Chain Store Age also publishes Retail Technology Quarterly.

The Chain Store Age Web site, www.chainstoreage.com, provides daily news updates and related retail information plus a weekly e-newsletter and a twice-a-month technology newsletter [TechTalk Tuesday].

Chain Store Age produces the SPECS conference, Executive SPECS, the Technology & Operations Store Summit (TOPSS), and the Supply Chain Summit, as well as the Employment Law for Retailers Forum.

For more information on Chain Store Age, contact Murray Forseter, Publisher/Editor, 425 Park Avenue, N.Y., N.Y. 10022, 212-756-5257 or [email protected]

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Coca-Cola names chief marketer

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ATLANTA The Coca-Cola Company has appointed Joseph Tripodi to the position of chief marketing and commercial officer, reporting to president and coo Muhtar Kent. Most recently, Tripodi was the senior vp and chief marketing officer for Allstate Insurance Co., where he was responsible for the structure, strategy and execution of all of their marketing efforts.

In his role, Tripodi will lead a new function consisting of the combination of the company’s global marketing and commercial organizations. In addition to overseeing all aspects of marketing, he will be responsible for coordinating and leading the company’s strategic direction in commercial leadership.

Prior to joining Allstate in 2003, Tripodi was chief marketing officer for The Bank of New York. He served as chief marketing officer for Seagram Spirits & Wine Group from 1999 to 2002. From 1989 to 1998, he was the evp for global marketing, products and services for MasterCard International, where among other achievements he was a chief architect of the acclaimed “Priceless” campaign. Previously, he spent seven years with the Mobil Oil Corp., where he gained considerable international experience in roles of increasing responsibility in planning, marketing, business development and operations in New York, Paris, Hong Kong and Guam.

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Whole Foods takes top spot on EPA list

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WASHINGTON Whole Foods Market took the top spot this quarter on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Top 10 Retail Partners in its Green Power Partnership program. Other major retailers on the list include Kohl’s (2), Staples (4), Lowe’s (6) and Office Depot.

According to its profile on the EPA Web site, currently, Whole Foods Market is purchasing or generating 100% of its total national power load from green power sources.

The Top 10 Retail Partners in the Green Power Partnership is released quarterly and represents the largest completed annual green power purchases of all Retail Partners within the Green Power Partnership. According to the EPA, the combined green power purchases of these organizations amounts to an estimated 1.4 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually, which is the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power more than 140,000 average American homes each year.

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