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Belk names former Family Dollar exec to new position of VP omni-channel

BY Staff Writer

Charlotte, N.C. — Belk has named Dorlisa Flur to the newly created position of EVP omni-channel, reporting to John Belk, president and chief operating officer.

Flur joins Belk after eight years at Family Dollar Stores, most recently as vice chair, strategy and chief administrative officer. Prior roles included chief merchandising officer and the EVP strategy and marketing. Prior to Family Dollar Stores, Flur spent her professional career at management consulting firm McKinsey and Company.

One of the major components of Belk’s long term strategy is creating a compelling, seamless omni-channel environment for customers, which fully integrates the digital experience with the store experience. The initial implementation of this strategy will span three to four years and will include replatforming e-commerce, replacing existing point of sale systems, advancing Belk’s mobile applications, installing customer data warehouse and analytics and establishing enterprise inventory availability. In her newly created position, Flur will oversee this effort and lead a team consisting of representatives from IT, e-commerce and stores.

“Like many retailers, we are early in our omni-channel journey, and we know it will be critical to our success going forward," Belk said in a statement. “We are fortunate to have someone with the talent and experience of Dorlisa Flur to lead us.”

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S.Hance says:
Mar-12-2013 05:33 am

Family Dollar has a quite wide range of stores. Dollar store is not literary the dollar store but it is a variety store. - Peter F. Spittler

S.Hance says:
Mar-12-2013 05:33 am

Family Dollar has a quite wide range of stores. Dollar store is not literary the dollar store but it is a variety store. - Peter F. Spittler

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Brookshire Grocery Co. joins EPA’s GreenChill

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Tyler, Texas — Brookshire Grocery Co. recently became one of a select number of grocery retailers nation-wide to join the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill partnership, which works with supermarkets to reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease their impact on the ozone layer and climate change.

By joining GreenChill, BGC pledges to go beyond regulatory requirements to protect the ozone layer and combat climate change. According to the EPA, a typical supermarket leaks some 1,000 pounds of harmful refrigerant gas into the atmosphere each year.

By joining GreenChill, BGC will work to reduce those emissions by continuing to transition to environmentally friendlier refrigerants, reduce the amount of refrigerant used and adopt green refrigeration technologies, strategies and practices. Companies that partner with GreenChill have refrigerant emissions rates that are approximately 50% lower than the national average.

“We continue to explore ways to positively impact the environment,” said Rick Rayford, BGC President and CEO. “This pledge demonstrates our ongoing effort to provide our customers with more than just a great place to shop. We are committed to the safety of our communities and our environment, and believe this partnership will help us exceed standard business practices and be responsible environmental stewards.”

For more information on EPA’s GreenChill partnership, including its store certification program, visit EPA.gov/greenchill.

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Ulta Beauty CEO named chief executive of Michaels Stores

BY Marianne Wilson

Irving, Texas — Michaels Stores has named Chuck Rubin as CEO and a member of the board of directors. Rubin is currently the president and CEO of Ulta Beauty.

Rubin will assume his new roles after a brief period of transition, at which time Michaels will discontinue the “Office of the Chief Executive Officer,” established on an interim basis in May 2012. Charles "Chuck" Sonsteby, a member of the Office of the CEO, will continue as Michaels’ CFO and chief administrative officer.

Rubin joined Ulta Beauty as COO in May 2010, assuming the position of president and CEO later that year as part of a planned CEO succession process. Prior to that he spent six years with Office Depot where he served as EVP and chief merchandise and marketing officer, rising to president North American Retail.

Matt Levin, managing director with Bain Capital Partners, LLC, and Peter Wallace, senior managing director with The Blackstone Group L.P., jointly commented: "Chuck Rubin is a proven leader in the retail industry with an impressive track record of success across a broad range of businesses and executive roles. We are thrilled to add an executive of his caliber to lead the company and its talented and deep management team. We also want to thank Lew Klessel of Bain Capital and Chuck Sonsteby for their dedication and work as members of the Office of the CEO, which has provided valuable leadership continuity for the company during this interim period."

Michaels Stores owns and operates 1,099 Michaels stores in 49 states and Canada, and 126 Aaron Brothers stores.

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