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Fresh Market names COO

BY Staff Writer

Greensboro, N.C. — The Fresh Market said Thursday it has promoted Sean Crane to executive VP and COO, reporting directly to Craig Carlock, president and CEO.

Crane was previously senior VP store operations. In his new role, he will lead store operations, merchandising and marketing functions.

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Kronos Retail Labor Index indicates hiring recovery

BY Marianne Wilson

Chelmsford, Mass. — Monthly hires in the retail industry remain well above the lows reached during the recession and suggest retail hiring is continuing to improve following sharp declines in 2008 and 2009, according to the January Kronos Retail Labor Index.

The Index dipped to 3.5% in December, reflecting a 7.6% drop in hires made. (The January report includes data for December 2011. The analysis and write-up is prepared by Macroeconomic Advisers LLC).

“The December decline in hires followed a strong 8.0% increase in hires in November, which could indicate retailers made hiring decisions earlier in the year in anticipation of increased traffic and stronger holiday sales,” said ” Chris Varvares, senior managing director and co-founder, Macroeconomic Advisers.

On average, retailers in the Kronos sample made nearly 34,000 hires in November and December, broadly consistent with the number of hires made over the previous six months.

“This suggests retail hiring has stabilized following sharp declines during the recession,” Varvares said. “However, retail hiring in this sample remains far below pre-recession levels, when firms made roughly 55,000 hires per month.”

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A&P chooses Galleria to optimize its merchandising strategy

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Chicago — Galleria Retail Technology Solutions, a provider of retail and category optimization solutions, announced that The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. has chosen Galleria to help optimize its merchandising strategy and improve the customer experience within its more than 300 northeast and Mid-Atlantic stores.

A&P will roll out several of Galleria’s solutions throughout its family of supermarkets.

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