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Barneys New York unveils new credit card program

BY Katherine Boccaccio

New York — Barneys New York has launched a new credit card program that features an “Influencer tier” for added luxury benefits and incentives.

The new program expands on the My Barneys Bag platform, which offers card members reward points based on annual spend, and offers additional benefits – through the Influencer tier – to a select group of high spenders.

Influencers will receive a black metal credit card with an Influencer icon and premium benefits offered through partnerships with The Leading Hotels of the World luxury hotel collection; Exclusive Resorts luxury destination club; and EmpireCLS Worldwide Chauffeured Services.

In-store Influencer benefits include a VIP phone reservation line offering preferred reservations to Fred’s at the Madison Avenue flagship. Influencers will also receive complimentary dessert with dinner, and waived site fees for private event bookings.

Alliance Data Retail Services is the private label credit card partner of Barneys New York, announced in April 2013.

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Delhaize names new CEO

BY Dan Berthiaume

Brussels, Belgium – Delhaize Group has named Franz Muller as CEO, effective Nov. 8. Muller will succeed Pierre-Olivier Beckers, who will remain available to advise the new CEO until year-end and continue to serve on the board of directors in a non-executive capacity thereafter.

Muller, 52, has more than 15 years of senior leadership experience in retail, most recently as a member of the management board of Metro AG and CEO of Metro Cash & Carry. He will start with Delhaize on Oct. 14, prior to assuming the role of CEO.

“The company is on track with its strategic priorities for the year and is focused on the areas that deliver the highest growth and returns,” said Muller. “I am looking forward to leading the company, working with the executive committee and 160,000 Delhaize associates to build on the company’s current momentum.”

The move is not a surprise, as Beckers first announced he would step down as CEO in May of this year. Delhaize is in the midst of a turnaround effort that includes overhauling its U.S. business.

Delhaize Group also announced that Roland Smith is resigning today from his role as CEO of Delhaize America but will be available as a senior advisor to the CEO until the end of the year. Following Smith’s departure, the company’s U.S. operations will report to the Delhaize Group CEO.

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Rite Aid promotes pharmacy exec to VP of managed care

BY Dan Berthiaume

Camp Hill, Pa. – Rite Aid Corp. has promoted Tammy Royer, a long-time member of Rite Aid’s pharmacy division, to group VP of managed care. In her new role, Royer will oversee all aspects of managed care, including contracting, maintaining relationships with managed care organizations, pharmacy benefit managers and third-party payers and developing new strategic partnerships.

Royer, a licensed pharmacist, joined Rite Aid in 1996 as a pharmacist and since then has held field and corporate positions with increasing responsibility, most recently serving as VP of pharmacy initiatives and clinical services. She will report directly to Chris Hall, Rite Aid senior VP of pharmacy services.

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