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Gordon Segal to Step Down as CEO of Crate & Barrel

BY CSA STAFF

Northbrook, Ill. Crate and Barrel co-founder and CEO Gordon Segal announced Tuesday that Barbara A. Turf, president of Crate and Barrel, will succeed him at the chain on May 1.

Turf has spent the majority of her career partnering with Segal in the leadership and strategic direction of the company. Though Segal will no longer direct Crate and Barrel’s day-to-day operations, he will assume the title of chairman and will continue as a key advisor and counselor.

“I have relished every moment of the last 45 years,” Segal stated. “However, I also recognize that transition and change are key to the growth of any retail business, and I want to give Barbara Turf and other talented members of our executive team their well-deserved opportunity to take Crate and Barrel into the future.”

Prior to becoming president of Crate and Barrel in 1996, Turf held the post of executive VP of merchandising and marketing for many years, maintaining responsibility for all aspects of product selection and branding.

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Wakefern expands private label program

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Wakefern has expanded its operation to provide private label products to retailers outside of its ShopRite system and may begin offering a range of services as well.

The co-op, which is taking on distributor-oriented operations in the wake of Supervalu’s retail expansion, has developed a wide range of support services for the ShopRite supermarkets – ranging from single-unit operators to local chains – and Joseph Colalillo, Wakefern chairman and ceo, said those may become available to supermarket operators if the product initiative proves successful. Colalillo addressed the issue at a networking reception sponsored by the Network of Executive Women’s New York Metro Regional Group.

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Amazon MP3 to launch internationally

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SEATTLE Amazon.com is taking its digital music store beyond the U.S. this year.

The company announced Sunday that it will begin an international rollout of Amazon MP3, its DRM-free MP3 digital music store, in 2008. The store launched in September 2007 in the United States, and grew to include more than 3.3 million songs from more than 270,000 artists, and can be listened to on any hardware device.

We have received thousands of e-mails from Amazon customers around the world asking us when we will make Amazon MP3 available outside of the U.S. They cant wait to choose from the biggest selection of high-quality, low-priced DRM-free MP3 music downloads which play on virtually any music device they own today or will own in the future, said Bill Carr, Amazon.com vp of digital music. We are excited to tell those customers today that Amazon MP3 is going international this year. 

The company is not disclosing a specific launch timeline for individual Amazon international Web sites.

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