Fayetteville is next stop for Walmart, Operation Homefront
Fayetteville, N.C., is the next stop for Walmart’s Saluting Heroes Together campaign, which together with Operation Homefront, aims to honor the men and women who have served or are currently serving in the military, as well as their families.
This latest event will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at the Walmart supercenter located at 7701 S. Raeford Rd., and comes on the heels of Walmart’s launch on Memorial Day to hire 100,000 veterans throughout the next five years. Lunch and giveaways will be provided by Walmart and Sam’s Club suppliers, including Johnsonville’s World’s Largest Grill.
"Walmart and the military are very similar when you look at the emphasis on teamwork and service as essential elements to success," said Samuel Adams, a Raeford Walmart assistant manager and former member of the Army National Guard. "Those similarities made the transition easy for me, and as a former member of the military, I utilize the skills I learned in the service every day in my new role and know that other veterans do as well," he added. "I’m grateful for the veterans’ hiring commitment because I believe it’s a win-win for our veterans and our company."
"Operation Homefront is committed to supporting the families of our service members and wounded warriors in North and South Carolina and throughout the country," said Holly Cummings, executive director, Operation Homefront, Carolinas. "We are proud to continue our partnership with Walmart and Sam’s Club, and are honored to take part in the Saluting Heroes Together events that will help strengthen community support for those who have served and sacrificed to provide opportunity for us."
In North Carolina, the Walmart Foundation recently contributed $25,000 to Support Military Spouses’ Shoeboxes for Military Spouses Program and $40,000 to StepUp Ministries’ Well-Fed Families and Veterans Programs.
Supply chain provider acquires packaging co.
ATLANTA — Coregistics, a packaging supply chain services company, has acquired Cano Packaging, a Chicago-area company that specializes in primary contract packaging services for food and confectionary manufacturers.
The combination of the two companies immediately establishes a Coregistics presence in Chicago, which increases the company’s ability to support its diverse client base both geographically and through the acquisition of Cano’s physical assets. Those assets include state-of-the-art high speed cartoning, vertical form/fill/seal, high-speed pouching and overwrapping equipment.
The Cano team aligns with what Coregistics describes as its “packaging-centric" approach to supply chain solutions; therefore, the company anticipates a rapid and seamless integration.
"Capacity for food and confectionary packaging services like bagging and pouching is extremely limited in this country. Cano provides a ‘mission critical’ capability that food manufacturers simply do not have enough of internally, especially when it comes to projects that require short runs, small bags or frequent changeovers," said Eric Wilhelm, CEO of Coregistics. "By infusing Cano’s offering with the same resources and processes that have made Coregistics a successful packaging solutions provider, we can now offer food manufacturers an even more powerful resource for increasing operational efficiency while significantly reducing their total supply chain costs."
The acquisition of Cano is the second for Wilhelm and his team, acquired New Jersey-based Market Resource Packaging in April 2012.
"MRP allowed us to leverage a proven 20-year track record of providing innovative packaging solutions to some of the largest, most respected brands in the world. The result of the MRP acquisition was the establishment of four logistically relevant supply chain centers — Atlanta, New Jersey, Indianapolis and Memphis. Adding Chicago to this mix now solidifies our geographical coverage, enhances our primary packaging capabilities and provides the step change Coregistics has been planning since its inception," added Wilhelm.
Cano was founded in 1974 and currently operates out of a 180,000-sq.-ft. temperature and humidity controlled facility in Chicago suburb Wheeling, Ill., from which it offers customers a variety of confection and food industry-specific contract packaging services including bagging, pouching, labeling, cartoning, kit assembly, shrink wrapping and date coding.
Coregistics has strategic locations in New Jersey, Illinois, Tennessee. Georgia and Indiana, as well as customer embedded operations and capabilities nationwide.
Alco HR exec promoted to SVP, HR, store operations
ABILENE, Kan. — Broad-line retailer Alco Stores has promoted Ricardo Clemente to SVP of human resources, store operations and loss prevention.
Clemente, who graduated from New Mexico State University with a bachelor of science degree in biology and business management, has more than 20 years of retail experience. He joined Alco Stores in 2011 as a district manager. Since then he has held increasingly responsible positions, serving most recently as VP of stores and human resources.
"We are pleased to announce the promotion of Ricardo Clemente to SVP,” said president and CEO Rich Wilson. “Since joining Alco, Ricardo has made a significant contribution to our progress in human resources, organizational development and store operations. Through Ricardo’s efforts and leadership, our team has improved Alco’s store execution and customer experience while reducing overall expense — critical elements to achieving the company’s sales and profitability goals.”
Alco operates 213 stores that are primarily located in small, underserved communities across 23 states. It carries both name brand and private label products at reasonable prices.