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Five Below executive VP merchandising leaving

BY Marianne Wilson

Philadelphia — Five Below announced the departure of Jeffrey Moore, executive VP merchandising.

"Over the last seven years Jeff has been an integral part of the success of Five Below as he has helped build the world-class merchandising team we have in place. We thank Jeff for his significant contributions to the business and we wish him well as he leaves to spend time with his family," said Tom Vellios, co-founder and CEO of Five Below.

Vellios went on to say that Five Below’s two general managers, Wayne Stockton and Karen Pinney, will now report directly to Joel Anderson, president of Five Below.

“With a strong and seasoned team in place, we are excited by the many opportunities ahead to continue to deliver great product to our customers and build on the strength of the Five Below brand,” Vellios said.

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Delivery outsourcer Deliv hires Amazon exec

BY Dan Berthiaume

Palo Alto, Caif. – Same-day delivery start-up Deliv has appointed Jeff Helms as head of delivery operations. The former senior Amazon leader joins the crowdsourced, same-day delivery provider as it plans for rapid expansion across the country.

In addition to managing last mile operations in Southern California for Amazon, Helms spearheaded the launch of the first Amazon logistics delivery stations in North America. Deliv allows retailers to offer their customers a same-day delivery option as they shop from their website, mobile app or from their physical brick and mortar store. By adding the Deliv same-day delivery option into their existing checkout process, the retailer fulfils orders from inventory from their local brick and mortar stores while maintaining ownership and data from each customer transaction.

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Report: Rite Aid settles California consumer protection suit

BY Dan Berthiaume

Camp Hill, Pa. – Rite Aid has reportedly settled a consumer protection suit filed by the district attorneys of San Diego, Riverside and Alameda counties for about $500,000. According to the Associated Press, the suit alleged that Rite Aid pharmacists failed to consult with customers who were filling new prescriptions or changing the doses of existing prescriptions, as required by California state law.

The suit followed an undercover investigation. As part of the settlement, Rite Aid denied wrongdoing. The retailer also said it fully cooperated with district attorneys and is providing counseling to its pharmacists. CVS settled a similar suit in California in 2013 for about $650,000.

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