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Leadership change at Sheetz

BY CSA STAFF

Altoona, Pa. — David Woodley, VP of sales and marketing for convenience store chain Sheetz, has moved into the executive VP spot vacated by Louie Sheetz.

Woodley has led the Sheetz sales and marketing department since 2005. The transition, effective January 1, as another part of the company’s planned leadership changes. Louie announced his retirement shortly after it was made public that Joe S. Sheetz would become president and CEO as Stan Sheetz took the title of chairman of the board.

Woodley started his career with Sheetz in 1983 as a part-time 3rd shift salesperson, working his way into management becoming a store manager, training manager, district manager and director of regional operations. Woodley has played a significant role in the creation of key foodservice programs.

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NPD: online a better destination for deals

BY CSA STAFF

New research from NPD conducted during the 2013 holiday season suggests shoppers believe better deals are to be had online than in stores.

That not good news for retailers under relentless pressure to generate store traffic with all manner of urgency oriented promotions such as the ubiquitous one-day sale or other types of limited duration activities.

NPD worked with a group called Civic Science to survey 1,100 shoppers and 31% believed better deals were available online while 18% felt stores offered better deals. According to NPD’s chief industry analyst Marshall Cohen, that means 57% of shoppers found deals online to be more attractive or certainly as good as what they could find in stores.

Click here for more of Marshall’s thoughts on the click versus brick situation and NPD’s recent research.

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eMeals offers retailer-specific digital menus

BY Dan Berthiaume

Birmingham, Ala. — Online meal planning service eMeals is offering retailer-specific make-at-home menus of 500 calories or less per serving as part of its new Low Calorie Menu Plan. Consumers can specify a store such as Aldi, Kroger, Publix, Safeway, Target, Walmart or Whole Foods to take advantage of sale prices that help shape eMeals’ weekly menus.

eMeals menus are directly delivered to a customer’s computer or smartphone. Each week’s menu plan includes recipes for seven meals with corresponding shopping lists based on the program the customer has selected.

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