OPERATIONS

Executive stepping down at Kroger

BY Marianne Wilson

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.

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STORE SPACES

Benjamin Moore opens new DC

BY Marianne Wilson

Montvale, N.J. — Benjamin Moore has opened a 90,000-sq.-ft. state-of the-art distribution space in the Landover Logistics Center in Landover, Maryland.

The new LEED-certified (Silver) center will accommodate expansion and enhance service in the fast-growing Mid-Atlantic and Southeast markets, as well as support distribution of an expanded line of Benjamin Moore & Co. latex products.

The location, 10 miles from Washington, D.C., provides excellent logistical access to Metro D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. The access will support 350 retailers with faster and more efficient service.

This is the second Silver LEED-certified Logistics Center for Benjamin Moore.

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REAL ESTATE

ICSC urges Aug. 15-16 sales tax holiday in Massachusetts

BY Dan Berthiaume

Boston – Massachusetts will have a tax holiday the weekend of Aug. 15-16, if the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) has anything to say about it. The ICSC has sent a letter to Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker asking him to sign the sales tax holiday legislation currently on his desk.

The annual holiday temporarily eliminates the 6.25% sales tax Massachusetts charges on most retail purchases. In the letter, the ICSC said that the retail real estate industry provides employment to more than 287,000 people in Massachusetts and that throughout the year, shopping centers in Massachusetts create more than $144 billion in state sales tax revenue.

The ICSC is also publicly expressing support for Congress to pass the Remote Transaction Parity Act (RTPA) that was recently introduced by Congressmen Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Steve Womack (R-Arizona). This bipartisan bill will close the online sales tax “loophole” that excuses consumers from paying sales tax on purchases made from online stores located in other states.

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D.Wright says:
Aug-02-2015 07:01 pm

Chaffetz RTPA = Crony Capitalism
Why would Jason Chaffetz, a self proclaimed conservative, do something so harmful to small business? Because he is a crony capitalist passing legislation that enriches his insider friends? Until a few months ago, Mike Jerman worked as Jason Chaffetz’s Legislative Director. The Remote Transactions Parity Act includes provisions that favor Certified Software Providers. Jerman left Chaffetz’s staff and joined a company that is pursuing Certified Software Provider status. See the emainstreet.org blog entry "Jason Chaffetz Needs to Investigate Himself"

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