Food Lion founder gives leadership gift for 95th birthday
Lessons in Leadership is the name of a new documentary film profiling the life and contributions of Food Lion co-founder Ralph Ketner who turned 95 this month.
Food Lion and Catawba College, based in the grocer’s hometown of Salisbury, North Carolina, produced the film which chronicles the life and business lessons of Ketner. Plans call for the film to be distributed in both digital and physical formats to North Carolina high schools. The film features stories and advice from those who Ketner touched throughout his long-tenured career, from leaders in the Salisbury community to family members and colleagues. To help schools use the leadership lessons from Ketner, Catawba College collaborated with Rowan-Salisbury Schools' educators to create five lesson plans that enable students to take the concepts featured in the video and apply them in a practical way in a classroom setting.
"For more than 50 years, Food Lion has been an important part of the City of Salisbury's history and all of this was made possible by our company's founders, including Mr. Ketner," said Meg Ham, president of Food Lion. "When approached by Catawba College about this opportunity to preserve the rich heritage of Mr. Ketner's impact on this community, from the founding of Food Lion to his pro bono work with Catawba, we couldn't think of a better way to honor our founder and all he has given to us. We were honored to underwrite this video to preserve the history and lessons Mr. Ketner has taught all of us as part of his vision to build a company with the focus on always taking care of the customer, having the lowest prices in North Carolina and being a good corporate citizen, which are all strong pillars of our business today."
Catawba College president Brien Lewis said the video resource and accompanying five lesson plans will help inspire a future generation of entrepreneurs who will dream a big idea and work diligently to make that idea a reality.
Adidas, San Francisco
Adidas is taking its act on the road with a futuristic-looking pop-up that lets shoppers get up close and personal with its high-tech footwear.
The “Boost Experience by Adidas” is an interactive mobile store that is touring the country’s premier running events. It made its debut at the San Francisco Marathon. In all, 14 stops are planned, with a schedule that continues into 2016.
The space visitors beyond the traditional in-store consumer journey and features several unique touchpoints, including an exterior “kinetic” wall with larger-than-life replicas of the capsules that go into the Boost system. The wall moves in response to foot traffic.
Runners can put the shoes to the test at the “Momentum Wall,” which records and analyzes a person’s movements via a motion-capture camera. The system assesses the athlete’s energy output and then displays their image, made entirely of Boost capsules, on a full size LED video wall. An embedded GIF of their experience is immediately emailed for social media sharing.
Indian e-commerce giant recruits execs from major retail, tech firms
Flipkart, a leading Indian online marketplace, is naming three new technology executives with experience at some major global retail and IT firms.
The company has appointed Dan Rawson as head of customer logistics and supply chain ecosystems, Ravi Byakod as director of engineering — accounting and Anand Lakshminarayanan as head of product management for digital goods and services.
The three executives hold significant experience at Amazon, Google, Microsoft and eBay. Rawson will oversee all aspects of customer delivery solutions, leading product, business, and operations teams to advance the way Flipkart uses technology to expand delivery.
Rawson joins Flipkart from Amazon in Seattle, where he was general manager of fulfillment in North America. Prior to Amazon, Rawson managed strategy and business development teams at Dell, including as director of worldwide public segment mobility solutions and director of global transformation strategy.
Byakod will lead accounting technology for Flipkart. He spent more than nine years working for Google before joining Flipkart. Most recently, he served as head of engineering for Google for Work’s technology and solutions team.
Lakshminarayanan will lead the expansion of Flipkart’s digital product offerings. Prior to joining Flipkart, Lakshminarayanan spent a year working for Microsoft in Hyderabad, India, as principal group program manager of applications and services. Prior to that, he served as a group product manager at eBay in Seattle, and also spent 13 years working in senior managerial and engineering roles at Microsoft’s Redmond, Washington, headquarters.