Kroger promotes Lynn Gust to president of Fred Meyer
Cincinnati — The Kroger Co. announced the promotion of Lynn Gust as president of the company’s Fred Meyer Stores division. Gust, 59, has been senior VP operations since 2011.
“Lynn’s long history with Fred Meyer and deep knowledge of our business will serve our customers well,” said Rodney McMullen, president and COO of Kroger. “His passion for our employees and customers make him a great fit to carry on the Fred Meyer tradition.”
Lynn Gust secures top job at Kroger division
Long time Fred Meyer executive Lynn Gust was named president of the 133 store Kroger division.
Gust, 59, joined Koriger in 1970 as a parcel clerk and most recently served as the company’s SVP of operations. Gust was appointed to that position in 2011 and prior to that he served as EVP of corporate merchandising and advertising. During his career Gust also served as vp of the Fred Meyer food group and SVP of store operations.
"Lynn’s long history with Fred Meyer and deep knowledge of our business will serve our customers well," said Rodney McMullen, president and COO of Kroger. "His passion for our employees and customers make him a great fit to carry on the Fred Meyer tradition."
The Fred Meyer tradition is that of a uniquely positioned retailer who large format multi-department stores defy neat classification although they bear the greatest resemblance to a Walmart supercenter. Stores range in size from 65,000-sq.-ft. to 250,000-sq.-ft. and offer roughly 250,000 products.
Fred Meyer’s headquarters are located in Portland and stores are located in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska. The company has 30,000 employees.
Gust was born and raised in Vancouver, Wash. He is a member of the Portland State University Food Industry Leadership Center Advisory Board; on the board of directors of the Western Association of Food Chains; and on the board of directors of the Northwest Grocery Association.
Co-inventor of bar code passes away
NEW YORK — Norman Woodland, co-inventor of the bar code which transformed global commerce in the 1970s, passed away Saturday at the age of 91 from complications related to Alzheimer’s, according to a Reuters report.
The advent of the bar code reshaped retail decision-making and supply chains and its impact continues to be felt today. Five billion products are scanned optically using the bar code every day, according to GS1 US, the American arm of the global UPC standards body.
Also called Universal Product Code, the handheld laser scanner facilitates consumer product inventories, speeds passengers through airline gates, tracks mail, encodes medical patient information and is in near universal use across transportation, industrial and shipping industries worldwide.
Reuters reported that Woodland is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Woodland, of New Jersey; daughters Susan Woodland and Betsy Karpenkopf; brother David Woodland and granddaughter Ella Karpenkopf, 16.