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SUPPLIER CONNECTIONS

Ross Stores signed an agreement with TradeBeam, San Mateo, Calif., to utilize the software provider’s Global Trade Management (GTM) solution. The on-demand GTM suite includes tools for handling event management, purchase-order management, Letters of Credit and compliance standards in real time across the retailer’s global supply chain. It will enable the Pleasanton, Calif.-based retailer to streamline purchase orders and collaborations with international trading partners, as well as ensure that POs meet requirements for customs processing and that any change to a PO is automatically reflected in the related documentation including the Letter of Credit.

FLEET MANAGEMENT

Red Prairie, Milwaukee, has integrated its Fleet Management solution into its Warehouse Management suite, enabling retailers and companies with dedicated fleets to seamlessly flow products from the shipping dock to the store as well as to customers. The integration will also facilitate more efficient processing of returns as well as the disposition of retailers’ reusable assets such as shipping containers and totes.

RFID TAGGING

Avery Dennison, Pasadena, Calif., introduced three new inlay designs that integrate seamlessly into label-converting processes, are EPC Class 1 Gen 2- and ISO-180006-C-compliant and are designed to be read across the range of global RFID-frequency bands—860-960 MHz. Scheduled for general release this year, the three RFID inlays are:

The AD-430 Inlay, designed to fit within a 4-in.-by-1-in. label and suited for use with RF-friendly, metal and liquid content;

The AD-630 Inlay, designed to fit within a 3-in.-by-3-in. or 4-in.-by-6-in. label. Designed for case and pallet use, the inlay is orientation insensitive, so it can be read in any direction; and

The AD-813 Inlay, sized to fit within a 1-in.-by-1-in. label, is ideal for small, item-level applications as well as for shelf-level product labeling.

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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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