Executive stepping down at Kroger
Cincinnati — The Kroger Co.’s first female corporate officer is retiring.
The Kroger Co. announced that group VP for corporate affairs Lynn Marmer plans to retire in early 2016, after 18 years with the company.
"Lynn has been a trusted counselor and advisor to three CEOs during a period of significant change in food retail," said Rodney McMullen, Kroger's chairman and CEO. We wish her and her family all the best in retirement."
Marmer joined Kroger in 1997 as a senior attorney in the legal department. When appointed to her current position in 1998, she became Kroger's first female corporate officer.
Marmer focuses on reputation management and leveraging and protecting Kroger's brand. She leads external communications and brand public relations; media; government and regulatory affairs; corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability; community relations and customer service centers; crisis management; cause-marketing and corporate philanthropy. She also serves as president of The Kroger Foundation.
She is responsible for growing Kroger's supplier diversity program to $1 billion annually, creating a national program of fresh food rescue that donates 200 million meals annually to food banks across the U.S., and creating four award-winning cause marketing campaigns that contribute millions of dollars to Kroger's signature community programs.
Dairy Queen gives customer data security fit for a king
Minneapolis – Dairy Queen restaurants thrive on providing customers treats, not exposing them to tricks from hackers and fraudsters.
To ensure the good times keep rolling, American Dairy Queen Corp. (ADQ) in the U.S. is deploying the cloud-based Netsurion managed firewall platform to strengthen network security and Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance to protect customer data.
ADQ singled out several factors in its selection of Netsurion, including its ability to help prevent firewalls from being circumvented by monitoring the volume of credit card traffic through the firewall. In addition, ADQ chose Netsurion for its ability to detect and lock out unauthorized devices and its handling of outbound data, ensuring that when customers' credit card information leaves the network, it is transmitted only to authorized locations.
“Customers frequent DQ restaurants for our mouth-watering food and world-famous soft-serve treats, not to concern themselves with who may be privy to sensitive data resulting from gaps in security technology,” said Chuck Eicher, ADQ director of restaurant technology. “Netsurion's focus on the security of each individual customer drove our choice to select them as a solution. The Netsurion managed firewall solution provides DQ locations with strong security postures and peace of mind that patron credit card data is protected."
Subway teaming up with PayPal
Milford, Conn. — It’s getting harder and harder to keep track of all the activity in the mobile ordering and mobile payment space. The latest big announcement comes from Subway.
The fast-casual restaurant giant announced on Thursday new updates to its mobile app and website that include more mobile payment options, along with giving customers the ability to order on-the-go. Subway said it is adding PayPal as an option customers can use to pay for meals when they order remotely or pay in-store using the Subway app’s mobile payment feature.
The chain says that with the addition of PayPal later this year, along with offering both Android Pay and Apple Pay as mobile payment options in-store, Subway restaurants will now offer multiple forms of mobile payment at its 27,000-plus U.S. store locations.
Subway’s online ordering option will also feature PayPal’s One Touch checkout feature, which allows eligible customers to pay online or on mobile with a single touch, eliminating the need to enter a PayPal username and password for six months after initial login.
"We look forward to introducing PayPal to our future list of payment options," said Ken Moy, director of global payments & emerging commerce for the Subway brand. "This collaboration will make it quicker and simpler for the 169 million active, global PayPal customers to enjoy a great Subway meal at our more than 27,000 locations in the U.S."