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Family Dollar in arrangement with Marketing Management

BY CSA STAFF

Matthews, N.C. — Family Dollar Stores launched its strategic alignment with Marketing Management, Inc. (MMI) in front of more than 100 key suppliers at the company’s Private Brand Summit Thursday in Charlotte, N.C. Through this exclusive on-site alignment, MMI will assist Family Dollar with private brand sourcing, product development, category analytics, assortment strategy, quality assurance and customer insights.

"Enhancing our private brand assortment to drive margin improvement and customer loyalty is a key strategic initiative for Family Dollar," said Don Hamblen, Family Dollar senior VP — customer marketing. "A compelling assortment of private brand merchandise gives our value-conscious customer more choices at lower prices without lower standards. Our alignment with MMI will help ensure our assortment is focused on quality and value across all our consumables departments."

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Winn Dixie signs cart-cleaning agreement with Green Secure Solutions

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Pompano Beach, Fla. — Winn Dixie Stores has contracted Green Secure Solutions to clean, sanitize and protect shopping carts, hand baskets, handicap carts, food trays and other equipment at the grocer’s 484 stores.

“This service protects our customers’ health by using and environmentally safe product that continues to kill bacteria and other microorganisms for six months between treatments,” said Mary Kellmanson, Winn-Dixie group VP marketing. “We’re providing an invisible shield that provides additional protection for our customers and the food they’re buying.”

Green Secure Solutions’ mobile sanitizing units act like a car wash, with shopping carts and other equipment washed and sterilized as they pass through the unit. Once the carts are dry, technicians electrostatically apply Bioshield 75, and water-based product that creates a highly durable coating that bonds to surfaces on which it is applied.

According to Green Secure, Bioshield 75 is registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for use in food contact surfaces. It is effective in eliminating and preventing growth of E. coli, staphylococcus, MRSA, salmonella strains and other potentially harmful micro-organisms.

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New chief at Home Depot Canada

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ATLANTA — The Home Depot announced that Bill Lennie has been named president, The Home Depot Canada, effective immediately. Lennie will replace Aaron Carmack, who is taking an extended leave of absence to attend to a personal illness.

"We are fortunate to have an executive with Bill’s experience and leadership abilities who can quickly step into this critical role," said Frank Blake, chairman and CEO. "We wish Aaron the best and look forward to his return."

Carmack will assume a different leadership role within the organization when he returns.

Lennie most recently served as the Company’s senior vice president of Merchandising, International and Sourcing for The Home Depot. In this role he was responsible for proprietary brands, environmental innovation and providing strategic direction on products and pricing to the Company’s international operations, including Canada.

His career at The Home Depot began in 1992, when he joined as a merchant for Millwork and Building Materials. Bill took on increasing responsibilities and was promoted to senior vice president of Décor in 2002. He left the Company in 2006, but returned in 2009 from Dick’s Sporting Goods, where he was senior vice president of Merchandising, Hardlines.

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