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Family Dollar names food exec to VP supply chain

BY Dan Berthiaume

Matthews, N.C. – Family Dollar Stores Inc. has named Brian D. Hancock to the position of senior VP supply chain. Hancock will report to Howard R. Levine, chairman and CEO.

Prior to joining to Family Dollar, Hancock served as president North American division for The Martin–Brower Company L.L.C., a supplier of food and materials to McDonald’s restaurants worldwide, where he was responsible for all strategic and operational functions in North America. Previous to that, he served as VP global supply chain for Whirlpool Inc. Hancock also held various positions with Schneider National, a privately held transportation and logistics company.

“Since we opened our first store in 1959, our focus has been on providing our customers with great value and convenience,” said Levine. “In today’s competitive retail environment, building an efficient, end-to-end supply chain is critical to providing our customers with the compelling values they have come to rely on Family Dollar to deliver. With Brian’s diverse and extensive background in merchandising, logistics and strategic planning, I know his expertise will help our team achieve our current and future growth initiatives.”

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Family Dollar taps new SVP, supply chain

BY CSA STAFF

Family Dollar has named Brian D. Hancock as SVP of supply chain, reporting to chairman and CEO Howard R. Levine.

“Since we opened our first store in 1959, our focus has been on providing our customers with great value and convenience. In today’s competitive retail environment, building an efficient, end-to-end supply chain is critical to providing our customers with the compelling values they have come to rely on Family Dollar to deliver,” said Levine. “With Brian’s diverse and extensive background in merchandising, logistics and strategic planning, I know his expertise will help our team achieve our current and future growth initiatives.”

Hancock previously served as president of the North American division for the Martin–Brower Company, the largest supplier of food and materials to McDonald’s restaurants worldwide, where he was responsible for all strategic and operational functions in North America. Previous to that, he served as VP of global supply chain for Whirlpool. Hancock also held various positions with Schneider National, a privately held transportation and logistics leader. He has a master’s degree in business from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Family Dollar currently operates more than 8,100 stores in 46 states.

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Ashley Furniture upgrades retail management with Microsoft Dynamics

BY Dan Berthiaume

Arcadia, Wis. – When vertical furniture retailer Ashley Furniture found its homegrown retail management system no longer supported its rapid global growth, the company decided to investigate both regional and Tier 1 enterprise retail management systems. Determining it needed a multi-language, multi-currency solution that could support the unique financial requirements of each country where it did business, Ashley Furniture selected Microsoft Dynamics.

The selection was based on factors including Microsoft’s continual investment in and support of the product, as well as the solution’s ability to meet broader retail management needs. Ashley Furniture is currently implementing Microsoft Dynamics, with full rollout slated for 2015. The retailer expects benefits including faster checkout, a more cohesive omni-channel customer experience, and providing back-end pricing, availability and delivery information directly to the store floor.

Future plans include an Ashley Furniture app, supported by Microsoft Dynamics, that would draw on a customer’s wish list and account information to direct them to specific pieces in the store.

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Mar-26-2014 01:01 pm

When we discovered Ashley had a "no return/no cancellation" policy we vowed to never return and ensure all we know were aware of their policy.

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