Kroger ratifies labor agreements in Atlanta
Cincinnati — Associates working at Kroger stores in the Atlanta metro and surrounding area have ratified new labor agreements with UFCW Local 1996. The contracts cover 23,598 associates working in 163 stores in the Atlanta area and 12 in Savannah.
"We are pleased to reach agreements that are good for our associates,” said Bruce Lucia, president of Kroger’s Atlanta division. “These agreements provide wage increases, affordable health care and a stable pension fund to support our associates’ retirement. These agreements come after thoughtful and productive work by both the company and union bargaining committees. I want to thank our associates for supporting these agreements and for the excellent service they provide to our customers every day."
Zola launches wedding registry app
New York – Online wedding registry Zola is launching an iPhone app, which will allow couples to create and manage their Zola registry from anywhere. With the Zola app, couples will be able to create and edit their registries while on the go, scan any product onto their registry using the barcode scanner, and use app-exclusive features like Blender, which allows them to browse the entire Zola selection, one at a time, swiping right to add to their registry or left to pass.
"Couples today expect their wedding registry experience to be easy to set up, fun to interact with, and accessible from anywhere," said Shan-Lyn Ma, co-founder and CEO of Zola. "Zola for iPhone leverages the modern design and device capabilities our couples expect from their favorite apps. We are making the experience of adding gifts to wedding registries as exciting as it should be – whether our couple is on their couch swiping things onto their registry via Blender, or out in the world, adding things to their registry via the barcode scanner."
Sears Appliance & Hardware store receives small business award
Hoffman Estates, Ill. — The Michigan Small Business Development Center is honoring a Sears Appliance & Hardware store located in Big Rapids, Mich., with its 2013 Best Small Business Award for creating jobs, increasing sales and improving business strategy. The retailer was one of a dozen stores chosen from more than 5,500 small businesses throughout the state that the Michigan Small Business Development Center provided confidential counseling and training to in 2013.
The Michigan Small Business Development Center helped owners Tanmy and Scott Weaver strategize how to increase consumer awareness of the store’s expanded product lines, among other tactics. Since then, the Big Rapids location has effectively increased its hardware sales and grown its staff of three full-time and two part-time employees to four full-time and six part-time.
"To say that this honor means a lot to us would be an understatement," said Tammy Weaver. "We’ve worked so hard to get where we’re at and are grateful to have the opportunity, as business owners, to allow our success to help the local community by creating more jobs."