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Kevin Peters to leave Office Depot

BY CSA STAFF

Office Depot on Friday announced that Kevin Peters had resigned from his role as president of the retailer’s North American division effective immediately.

Office Depot said Peters was leaving the company after five years to become CEO of an unidentified industrial distribution company.

"In his five years with Office Depot, Kevin was instrumental in building a strong team while driving the strategic vision for our North American sales channels and our supply chain organization," said Neil Austrian. Office Depot’s chairman and CEO. "We thank him for his many contributions to our company and wish him well in the future."

Austrian will now oversee the company’s North American business.

The position Peters is vacating was newly created for him 18 months ago as part of a larger reorganization of senior management. Office Depot sought to combine oversight of its North American Retail and North American Business Solutions divisions and Peters was tapped to make it happen.

At the time, Austrian said, “for the first time, we are consolidating all of our North American operations under one leader, allowing us to break down silos, increase our productivity and improve the execution of our key initiatives. We are confident that this approach will help us to better serve our business customers and consumers.”

Peters joined Office Depot in October 2007 as EVP of supply chain and in March 2009 was given additional responsibilities for information technology. He was named president of North American Retail in April 2010.

Prior to joining Office Depot, Peters spent five years in management roles at W.W. Grainger and 11 years at The Home Depot.

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Sam’s Club helps with New Year’s resolutions

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BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Sam’s Club is offering free health screenings as part of a New Year’s promotion, the club retailer said Friday.

The chain will offer free glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure, body mass index and vision screenings at all of its stores that have pharmacies on Jan. 12, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

"The start of a new year provides a perfect opportunity to reflect on the personal changes we want to make and to commit to a healthier lifestyle," Sam’s Club SVP health and wellness Jill Turner-Mitchael said. "By offering free health and vision screenings now, Sam’s Club will help our communities assess the current status of their health and set realistic goals for 2013 and beyond."

The company said that it would provide free screenings every other Saturday of each month through October 2013, noting that it had provided 2.2 million free screenings since 2011.

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Software company hires home-builder purchasing exec

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Hyphen Solutions has appointed Ken Pinto, a former supply chain executive for Toll Bros. and other national home builders, as its VP supply chain.

Pinto brings 21 years of supply chain management expertise to Hyphen’s real estate and software management team. He most recently served as the director of supply chain at Toll Bros. and has held similar positions at Standard Pacific and Pulte Homes. Pinto also heads the Supply Chain Benchmark Group, which is a coalition of the purchasing leaders of some of the largest home builders in the United States.

"[Pinto] brings a vast amount of home-builder knowledge related to integrated supply chain processes to our company. In his new role, he will be able to focus on driving industry-leading change that benefits both builders and their supply chain partners," said David Deniger, chairman of the board at Hyphen.

Hyphen’s president Felix Vasquez said: "[Pinto] will initially focus his efforts on our eBuilderHub.com division, where we expect to provide increased product visibility to manufacturers and distributors, while delivering cost-reducing software and process efficiencies to local and regional home builders."

Based in Dallas, Hyphen Solutions provides 17,000 users with supply chain management, collaborationand scheduling solutions for North America’s home builders and their suppliers. According to the company’s announcement, 10 of the top 15 home builders and 99 of the top LBM suppliers already utilize Hyphen’s software.

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