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REAL ESTATE

Colliers names North Jersey leasing director

BY CSA STAFF

Colliers International has announced the hiring of Wayne L. Kasbar as managing director in its Parsippany, New Jersey, office. He will focus on the retail sector.

Kasbar comes to Colliers from Silbert Realty & Management Company, where he oversaw the brokerage team covering New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. Prior to that, he spent five years at Trammel Crow, now part of CBRE, leaving there as VP of brokerage services.

Kasbar noted that retail leasing has evolved from a regional to a more national business during his tenure.

“The new owners of the retail brands — private equity firms — are seeing the value of a national single point of contact and a vertical integration of service lines,” he observed.


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TECHNOLOGY

Supermarket giant’s new website tells employee ‘stories’

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

Kroger Co. wants to give its employees a voice — and now they have one.

Eager to highlight the accomplishments, milestones, and personal connections made by its associates, Kroger Co. introduced Krogerstories.com, a website dedicated to its employees’ contributions, and the impact they make on the company.

Produced by both Kroger associates and freelancers, the multi-media site will feature long and short-form written content, as well as video and photographic storytelling. The goal: to share stories about Kroger's people, innovative projects, and the ideas that are changing the way communities eat, drink, and think about food, the company said.

"On any given day, nearly half a million Kroger associates are doing incredible work,” said Ann Reed, VP of Customer 1st Promise, Kroger Co.

“We get a fresh chance to make personal connections, to lift people up and lighten their load," Reed said. "Krogerstories.com is designed to elevate these unique stories and share the difference our wonderful associates make for our customers, communities and each other.”

Kroger employs 443,000 associates across its 2,796 retail food stores that operate in 35 states and the District of Columbia.

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Department store retailer taps former Walmart exec to head up supply chain

BY Marianne Wilson

Nordstrom Inc. is expanding its supply chain management team.

Brent Beabout

The retailer has appointed Brent Beabout as executive VP, supply chain, effective April 3. Nordstrom already has an associate with the same time: Mike Sato, who was named to the post in February 2014. In its release, the retailer said Sato remains in his role and will be supported by Beabout.

“We’re in the process of more clearly defining how Brent and Mike will work together in this new structure,” a Nordstrom spokesperson told Chain Store Age.

Beabout most recently served as senior VP, eCommerce supply chain for Walmart and Sam’s Club ecommerce operations. Before joining Walmart in 2014, he spent five years at Office Depot, where he was senior VP of supply chain from 2012 to 2013, and VP, global network strategy and transportation from 2009 to 2012.

Prior to that, Beabout served as VP of engineering at express carrier DHL Express.

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