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Do It Best names new VP of retail logistics

BY Staff Writer

Fort Wayne, Ind. — Do it Best Corp. announced that VP of retail logistics John Snider will retire, effective June 30, 2014. The company’s VP of marketing, Tim Miller, will move into the role.

“For nearly three decades, John Snider has made significant contributions to that effort,” said president and CEO Bob Taylor. “We are also fortunate to enjoy a deep bench of talent. And with the close engagement and support of our board of directors, we have developed a plan to facilitate a smooth transition in this important leadership position.”

As VP of retail logistics, Miller will lead a team of 1,100 employees across eight distribution centers and its world headquarters as they serve the product needs of more than 3,800 independent hardware and home center retailers in the U.S. and around the world. Miller will be responsible for further enhancing their industry-leading operational efficiency throughout the distribution channel while maintaining their prestigious record of workplace safety.

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Shoppers hungry for mobile content from brands and retailers

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Most mobile shoppers redeemed a coupon directly from their mobile device last year, according to a recent study from shopping app Key Ring, which is part of G/O Digital, a Gannett company.

The survey, conducted by Key Ring, examined more than 25,000 mobile shoppers and found that 75% redeemed a coupon from their mobile device in 2013, up more than 5% year-over-year. The study also showed that 80% of shoppers said their perception of a retailer would change for the positive if the retailer offered mobile deals and coupons.

Consumers also reported that the biggest influence driving them to make a purchase is "an item being on sale." Nearly all shoppers (96%) surveyed said that they look at a weekly sales circular before shopping, and more than half of mobile shoppers report that they would be more likely to look at the circular if they could access it on their phones.

"Bringing an intuitive and fast circular experience to our mobile shopping platform has been a great success," stated Chris Fagan, Key Ring CEO. "Consumers win because they can access more than 170 exclusive circulars on their phone. Consumer packaged goods companies and retailers win because they can connect with shoppers during the path to purchase. Shoppers’ expectations for relevant, personal and easily accessible mobile experiences will continue to be a strong focus for marketers trying to maximize the potential of the ever-growing number of mobile phones across the country."

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Jelly Belly chairman gets sweet reward

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Herman G. Rowland Sr., Chairman of the Board for Jelly Belly Candy Co., is the recipient of the first ISM Lifetime Achievement Award.

ISM, a trade show of confectionery and snack products, honored Rowland with the show’s first award to kick off this year’s show.

Rowland was selected by an international jury of industry members, as well as trade and science sectors. He was praised for his creativity, initiative and humor that have identified him as a leader in the industry.

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