Kroger promotes exec to VP of retail divisions
Cincinnati – Kroger has promoted Mark Tuffin to senior VP of retail divisions. He succeeds Michael Ellis, who will become Kroger’s president and COO on Jan. 1, 2014.
Tuffin, 53, has been president of the company’s Smith’s Food and Drug Stores division since 2011. He brings more than 32 years of grocery industry experience to his new role. He held various positions with other supermarket retailers before joining Smith’s Food and Drug Stores in 1996, where he held several key leadership roles including vice president of merchandising. In 2009, Tuffin was named VP of transition for Kroger. In this role, he led Kroger’s efforts to implement significant organizational changes between all areas of the business.
"Mark is an exceptional leader with an extensive knowledge of the grocery industry," said Ellis. "He has made significant contributions to our company and industry, while always championing our customer first strategy. We look forward to Mark’s leadership in this senior role as we continue to accelerate Kroger’s growth."
RILA names compliance director
Arlington, Va. — Ajani Stewart has joined the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) as part of the sustainability team within the RILA legal department. Stewart is leading the development of RILA’s Center for Retail Compliance (CRC). RILA recently received funding to develop the CRC, a web-based resource for retailers and stakeholders in the industry to access solutions and information for maintaining and achieving environmental compliance. Stewart is responsible for the development of the center.
Stewart joins RILA from his post as the Environmental Coordinator for the city of Miami’s Office of Sustainable Initiatives, where he helped develop and lead the city’s sustainability and environmental efforts.
“Ajani possesses significant experience with local, state and federal environmental regulatory frameworks,” said Deborah White, executive VP and general counsel at RILA. “His previous work in environmental consulting and with state and federal regulatory programs, make him a great asset to RILA’s member companies and a talented director of the Center for Retail Compliance.”
Toys ‘R’ Us to remain open 87 straight hours
Wayne, N.J. — Toys “R” Us announced that, beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Dec. 21, it will remain open continuously through 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve, leveraging last-minute toy shoppers’ most frenetic shopping hours.
All Toys “R” Us stores nationwide are advertising around-the-clock savings and deals during the final 87 hours of Christmas shopping, along with daily deliveries through Christmas Eve. Only full-service stores in Paramus, N.J., and Puerto Rico, will not be open 24 hours a day.
"With only eight shopping days remaining until Christmas, we are offering customers extended, uninterrupted time in stores, providing them the opportunity to shop whenever is most convenient for them – whether early in the morning or late at night," said Troy Rice, executive VP, Stores and Services, Toys "R" Us.
The chain is promoting Christmas Eve delivery for online orders placed by noon on Dec. 23, as well as its buy-online-pickup-in-store purchasing options.
The New York City Times Square flagship is well into its continuous holiday operating hours, having launched on Dec. 1 its 566-hours-straight of uninterrupted shopping.