OPERATIONS

Delhaize Group extends partnership with Retalix

BY Marianne Wilson

Dallas — Retalix Ltd. and Delhaize Group have signed a multi-year global strategic partnership agreement, under which Retalix will become the preferred supplier of in-store software for Delhaize Group’s 3,300 locations, including more than 20,000 point-of-sale terminals, across Eurasia and the United States.

As part of the agreement, Retalix will continue to provide a wide range of products from the company’s store suite, including solutions for the POS, as well as other customer touch points such as self-checkout. The agreement also includes solutions within Retalix’s loyalty and marketing suite, including customer management and targeted marketing.

“Retalix is a true leader in the retail industry, and we extended and solidified our strategic partnership as they have delivered proof of delivering competitive solutions to our business and to operate effectively as a global vendor,” said Frank Suykens, CIO, Delhaize Group Europe, Asia. “We look forward for Retalix to further assist us to continuously improve our store operations and customer service, and to drive innovation.”

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Aaron’s chairman to retire

BY Staff Writer

Atlanta — Aaron’s announced that R. Charles Loudemilk, Sr., chairman of the board of directors, will retire mid-September after founding and building Aaron’s, which in now in its 57th year of operation.

Upon his retirement, Loudermilk will become chairman emeritus of the company.

"I started Aaron’s in 1955 renting chairs for 10 cents a piece," Loudermilk said. "I never dreamed that Aaron’s would grow into a publicly traded company employing more than 11,000 people and serving millions of Americans. Though it was one of the most difficult decisions I have ever made, the time has come for me to leave the company and focus on personal endeavors that bring me joy.”

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Domino’s Pizza joins EPA SmartWay program

BY Marianne Wilson

Ann Arbor, Mich. — Domino’s Pizza announced that it joined the SmartWay Transport Partnership, a collaboration between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and industry that provides a framework to assess the environmental and energy efficiency of goods movement supply chains.

Domino’s Pizza will contribute to the Partnership’s savings of 1.5 billion gallons of fuel, $3.6 billion in fuel costs, 14.7 MMT of carbon dioxide, 215,000 tons of oxides of nitrogen and 8,000 tons of particulate matter.

"We are proud to participate with the EPA in support of working toward more environmentally efficient freight shipments," said Mary Long, Domino’s VP logistics and network planning. "It provides a great forum to share best practices and see what other SmartWay partners are doing to reduce fuel consumption."

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