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Kroger names senior VP Michael Ellis as president and COO

BY Marianne Wilson

Cincinnati — The Kroger Co. named Michael L. Ellis, senior VP of retail divisions, as president COO effective January 1, 2014, completing the succession plan announced in September.

In September, Kroger announced that chairman and CEO David B. Dillon will retire as CEO on January 1, 2014, and will continue to serve as chairman through December 31, 2014. He will be succeeded by W. Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s president and CO, effective January 1, 2014.

Ellis, 55, has been serving in his current role since 2012. He leads five retail supermarket divisions, plus Kroger’s jewelry and convenience store businesses. He previously served as president of Portland-based Fred Meyer – the company’s largest operating division by revenue – for six years.

"Mike’s broad-based experience on both the food and general merchandise sides of our business make him a great fit for this role," said Dillon. "Mike is a team builder who will be a great partner with our entire leadership team. We look forward to his dynamic leadership of Kroger’s diverse operations."

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Twitter taps Google advertising exec to head up retail

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Twitter has hired J.J. Hirschle, who directed media and entertainment advertising at Google, as its head of retail, according to various media reports. The hire comes as the online messaging giants works to expand its business ahead of its initial public offering. Hirschle will be be in charge of Twitter’s efforts to sell advertising products to retailers.

Hirschle is to start on Oct. 28, the same day Twitter is expected to launch its investor roadshow. Twitter announced at the beginning of October that it plans to go public.

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Report: Walmart brings moms together in focus group meetings

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Walmart brought together 10 moms in Nashville, Tenn., on Wednesday night to air their thoughts about the economy , the federal government and their own household incomes. The gathering — one of several that occurred in different locations throughout the nation — was part on an annual focus group organized by the chain, reported CNNMoney. This year, the discussion focused on a subject very much in the headlines: budgets.

CNNMoney watched a live webcast of the Nashville focus group (the women used only their first names), which occurred shortly before the vote to reopen the federal government.

A dominant theme that emerged at the Nashville focus group was cutting back as the women related stories of how they have reduced big purchases, worry about paying for their children’s school trips and the like. On the positive side, all 10 women said things will get better.

With regards to the goings-on in Washington, the women agreed that the system is broken. As they debated on just who was to blame for the shutdown, they said that women would do a better job in office.

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P.Siegel says:
Oct-18-2013 12:24 pm

WalMart runs around and never directly at what should be a major cause for concern about achieving sales growth - THEIR HORRIFIC STOCK OUTS. IDENTIFY A FEW MAJOR PROBLEM STORES AND CONVENE PANELS OR ADVISORS OR WHATEVER TO COME UP WITH POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS, WHICH WOULD BE APPLIED CHAIN-WIDE' IF VALID AND APPLICABLE.WHAT ELSE COULD POSSIBLY INCREASE SALES TO SUCH AN EXTENT IN EXISTING STORES? DON'T INCLUDE STORE MANAGERS IN THESE PANELS, AS THEY ARE SOME OF THE WORST OFFENDERS IN CONTRIBUTING TO STOCK OUTS(by their lack of concern and action)

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