WORKFORCE

C-store chain improves workforce management operations

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores is getting its stores on the same page.

The convenience and fuel chain, which operates more than 400 locations in 40 states, employs more than 17,000 people. By adding Reflexis Workforce Manager, it will have a consistent way to manage its budgeting, forecasting, and labor scheduling across the enterprise.

Love’s is also adding Reflexis’ Time and Attendance, Reflexis Task Manager, and Reflexis StoreWalk retail store auditing solutions, the company said.

The company, which was attracted to the solution’s functionality and Reflexis’ track record of fast and successful implementations, will roll out all solutions chainwide.

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Nation’s largest specialty bedding retailer names chief marketing officer

BY Marianne Wilson

Mattress Firm has tapped a veteran energy marketing executive to head up its marketing efforts.

The company has appointed Sicily Dickenson as its chief marketing officer. Dickenson brings more than 13 years of experience in digital marketing, marketing communications, creative services and brand marketing.

Prior to joining Mattress Firm, she was the chief marketer and senior VP of marketing and customer experience for NRG Energy, where she developed and maintained a brand strategy for the NRG portfolio of brands

"We are thrilled to have Sicily join our team as we move into the next chapter of our story," said Ken Murphy, president and chief executive officer of Mattress Firm. "Her extensive business expertise and marketing leadership will help us refine our marketing approach to create smarter consumer connections and fulfill our mission to help our customers get a better night's sleep."

With more than 3,600 company-operated and franchised stores across 49 states, Mattress Firm has the largest geographic footprint in the United States among multi-brand mattress retailers. In 2016, Mattress Firm was acquired by Steinhoff International Holdings. The company’s store banners include Mattress Firm, Sleepy's and Sleep Train.

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Target veteran joins Famous Footwear

BY Marianne Wilson

Caleres has made two executive appointment in its Famous Footwear division.

The company named Karlyn Mattson as chief merchandising officer, leading Famous Footwear’s buying, merchandising, planning, allocation and analytic functions.

Mattson joins Caleres from a 25-year career at Target Corp., where she was most recently VP merchandise manager of shoes, accessories and intimate Apparel for retail and online. She held leadership positions at May Company and Macy’s.

In other appointments, Chris Cavalline was named senior VP, e-commerce, with responsibility for e-commerce and consumer engagement.

Cavalline most recently served as chief merchandising officer of Vitacost.com, an online retailer of healthy living products and a subsidiary of The Kroger Co. Cavalline’s prior positions include vice president of merchandising and e-commerce at Kohl’s and several leadership roles with Macy’s.

In other appointments, Caleres has a diverse portfolio of footwear brands, operating over 1,200 retail stores.

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