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Harry & David’s names Craig Johnson as CEO

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Medford, Ore. — Harry & David Holdings has named Craig Johnson as its CEO.

Johnson most recently served as chief supply chain officer of Guitar Center. Prior to that, he was CEO of Musician’s Friend, a Guitar Center subsidiary. He has also held positions at Oriental Trading Co., Golfsmith International Holdings, and Coldwater Creek.

The company exited Ch. 11 bankruptcy protection last month.

"With its successful restructuring now complete, improved capital structure in place and an outstanding harvest and holiday gift selection, the company is poised for a successful holiday season," Johnson said in a statement.

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IBM Retail Group names new president

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Strongsville, Ohio — The IBM Retail User Group has named Giant Eagle veteran Ron Ferri as its new president. The announcement was named at the group’s recent board of directors and 35th Annual Conference planning meeting in Las Vegas.

Ferri, a business process consultant with the supermarket chain, has participated in the IBM Retail Users Group for 12 years.

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Sears to offer free shipping for online sites

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Hoffman Estates, Ill. — Sears Holdings announced it will offer free shipping on Sears.com for orders qualified orders totaling more than $99, and on Kmart.com for orders more than $49. The chain is also offering free same-day store pick-up services.

The free shipping offer will begin on Oct. 30 and run through Dec. 19.

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