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Bottom Dollar Food opens two Philly stores Oct. 31

BY Dan Berthiaume

Salisbury, N.C. — Bottom Dollar Food will open two new stores on Thursday, Oct. 31, one in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, and one in Ambler, Pa., bringing the market total for the discount grocery chain to 43 stores.

The two new stores add approximately 100 jobs to the greater Philadelphia economy. With the addition of the two new locations, Bottom Dollar Food now operates 62 stores in New Jersey, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Each store is approximately 18,000 sq. ft.

"There has been a great deal of anticipation for the openings of the Germantown and Ambler stores," said Bottom Dollar Food president Meg Ham. "At Bottom Dollar Food, we are excited to deliver unbelievably low prices on fresh produce, quality meats, and the private and national brands that matter most to our customers. We look forward to bringing our ‘We Won’t Be Beat’ price guarantee to customers in Germantown and Ambler and being a great partner in these communities."

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Kenneth Cole Productions implements PLM technology

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York — Kenneth Cole Productions Inc. has implemented Gerber Technology’s YuniquePLM software for its men’s, women’s, and children’s apparel and footwear lines. The vertical retailer is using the product lifecycle management (PLM) solution to ensure its many teams are able to collaborate and communicate optimally to increase speed and efficiency of getting products to market.

“In order to manage an operation of this size and diversity, it’s important to have everyone on the same page,” said Arthur Bargonetti, senior VP of operations, Kenneth Cole. “With YuniquePLM, we can avoid the holdbacks of small errors that snowball into larger ones due to miscommunication between our designers, sourcing teams and international vendors by having all of the information in a single location.”

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Crossmark adds Janet Carter-Smith to executive lineup

BY CSA STAFF

Crossmark has appointed former GlaxoSmithKline executive Janet Carter-Smith as VP of business development.

In her role, Carter-Smith will be focused on working with new client opportunities across Crossmark’s portfolio of services.

“We are very excited about the customer connectivity, industry experience and problem-solving skills Janet brings to our team,” said Jim Norred, Crossmark EVP of client development. “She has a great reputation in the industry as a person who brings innovative thinking and delivers solutions that are mutually beneficial for all parties. Her unique background will be instrumental in helping us bridge the gap between sales and marketing for our clients.”

Before joining Crossmark, Carter-Smith spent 17 years at GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare, most recently serving as VP of corporate development. She led customer development across all classes of trade, managed external trade and industry communications and served as commercial lead for cross-sector collaborations and enterprise-wide initiatives with GSK Pharmaceutical, Vaccines and Consumer Healthcare businesses. She also recently served as a senior consultant for Park City Group, a SaaS company that serves the CPG and retail industry.

Carter-Smith has served in a leadership role in numerous industry associations including chairperson for the Retail Liaison Committee and the Annual Executive Conference Planning Committee for the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, Retail Advisory Board member for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, Education Leadership Council for the Global Marketing Development Center, and the Health, Beauty and Wellness Advisory Committee for Healthcare Distribution Management Association. She also was the ambassador for GSK’s national sponsorship in the Network of Executive Women.

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