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Coldwater Creek tech exec joins Kurt Salmon

BY Staff Writer

New York — Management consulting firm Kurt Salmon appointed Deanna Emsley as a partner in the firm’s retail and consumer products Group.

Prior to joining Kurt Salmon, Emsley was senior VP of inventory management and corporate strategy for women’s clothing and accessories retailer Coldwater Creek, where she was responsible for sales, margin and inventory plans for all channels.

During her time at the women’s clothing and accessories retailer, she made significant improvements to its inventory management by completely reengineering its planning processes and systems. Emsley also worked for Oracle as a senior delivery director of planning, supply chain and optimization in its retail global business unit.

Emsley has nearly 25 years of experience in retail, specializing in planning, forecasting, distribution and omnichannel. She has worked as a consultant and in-house for top-tier brands, including Williams-Sonoma and Abercrombie & Fitch.

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Family Dollar promotes Reiser to SVP/lead merchandising officer

BY CSA STAFF

According to an internal memo from Family Dollar president and COO Mike Bloom, Jason Reiser has been elevated to the role of SVP/lead merchandising officer at the company.

"In this role, Jason will have executive responsibility for leading cohesive merchandising strategy and execution," Bloom wrote. "Jason has already made a positive impact since joining Family Dollar in July. In this new role, he will use his strong team leadership experience and his extensive discount retail background with Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club to drive our continued success."

Tammy DeBoer, SVP food and private brands, and Holly Shaskey-Platek, SVP apparel, home and general merchandise, will report to Reiser. Rick Siliakus, VP household products, and Jim Trappani, VP health and beauty aids, will continue to report to Reiser.

Reiser will report to Bloom.

Additionally, to further evolve the company’s global sourcing capabilities, the global sourcing organization will align under the executive direction of Holly Shaskey-Platek. Jennifer Warner, VP global sourcing, will report to Shaskey-Platek.

Reiser came to Family Dollar in July from Sam’s Club, where he spent more than 17 years in a variety of roles, including, most recently, VP merchandising, health and family care. Reiser has a bachelor of science degree from Northeastern University.

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VeriFone unveils new POS and site management solutions

BY CSA STAFF

VeriFone Systems, an electronic payments provider, has unveiled next-generation site management solution, Commander Site Controller, and Ruby2, a touchscreen point of sale solution.

Both are designed to provide greater efficiency, faster payment acceptance and new management capabilities that maximize profit potential for convenience store retailers, according to the company.

Commander Site Controller is purpose-built for rugged C-store environments and combines site, payment and forecourt control in one device, and designed with the intention of creating additional flexibility in store configuration. Its future-proof system architecture includes expansion slots and ports for additional capacity and functionality. Additionally, Commander Site Controller features 100% IP communication for increased speed of EMV transactions.

Ruby2 is the next evolution of VeriFone’s Ruby POS platform, a 20-year leader in the petroleum industry. VeriFone explained that Ruby2 features a fully-touchscreen console that increases checkout speed by providing fast and efficient order and payment processing, and a smaller footprint for increased counter space. Ruby2 is compatible with the latest VeriFone product offerings, including customer engagement media solutions, site management software to efficiently manage multiple locations seamlessly, and the latest in fuel control management.

“VeriFone is taking petroleum retail and c-store operations to new heights of efficiency and manageability,” said Dan Yienger, SVP and general manager of petroleum for VeriFone. “These next-generation systems build on the success of our Sapphire site controller and original Ruby POS systems with the ability to expand in order to meet customers’ future needs.”

Commander Site Controller’s cloud based management software platform — Commander Console — enables owners to remotely and simultaneously complete PLU price changes, tax rate adjustments, fuel price changes and promotional updates in real time for multiple site locations from any Web-enabled device or mobile app for iOS and Android tablets and smartphones.

Commander Site Controller is available now on certain networks. Ruby2 will be available this fall on certain networks.

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