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Loss prevention associates from Old Navy, Beall’s Department Store honored by NRF

BY Dan Berthiaume

Washington, D.C. — The National Retail Federation (NRF) presented its annual Ring of Excellence, Law Enforcement Retail Partnership and Retail Case of the Year awards during the NRF Loss Prevention Conference and Expo on Thursday, June 12. The 2014 award recipients include:

Loss Prevention Case of the Year Award: Barry Vaughn, area investigator, Old Navy. This award recognizes investigators whose work has made a significant impact on their companies, communities and industry. Vaughn is being recognized for his work uncovering a complex, multi-state scheme involving fraudulent debit card purchases worth more than $500,000. Several local, state and federal law enforcement officers from multiple agencies also played a role in the case. As a result, the individual convicted was sentenced to three years in prison.

Ring of Excellence Award: Dan Doyle, senior VP and chief human resources officer, Beall’s Department Stores. This award recognizes pioneers in the retail LP community whose honor, integrity and character serve as an example.

Doyle, an LP veteran and industry leader, is being honored for his contributions, achievements and outstanding leadership throughout a 40-year career. In 2008, Doyle was awarded NRF’s Silver Plaque, which is given each year at NRF’s annual convention in recognition of an outstanding retailer’s contribution to the industry.

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Kroger recognized for disability hiring efforts

BY Dan Berthiaume

Cincinnati — The Kroger Co. has been named Employer of the Year by the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities. The Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities fosters the employment of young people with disabilities.

The Bridges from School to Work program run by the Marriott Foundation helps more than one thousand young people enter the workforce annually as they leave high school, and partners with Kroger to place young people with disabilities in its stores in cities across the U.S.

"We are honored to receive this recognition from the Marriott Foundation," said Katy Barclay, Kroger’s senior VP of human resources. "We have a long tradition of hiring people with disabilities, especially on our front lines serving customers. We thank the Marriott Foundation for the valuable work they do to help businesses meet their workforce development needs."

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Former Saks CEO Sadove to lead new tech-focused division at Traub Associates

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York — Steve Sadove, former chairman and CEO of Saks Inc., has joined consulting firm Marvin Traub Associates to launch a new division focused on innovative technologies, concepts and platforms in the retail and consumer industries. Sadove is heading up the new Traub Accelerator division as co-founder, and will also advise Traub’s traditional clients and join the board of directors.

“We are thrilled to launch this new division under the direction of Steve Sadove, whose passion for innovation and technology in our industry aligns with our mission of helping cutting edge companies develop and grow fresh ideas to reach their full potential,” said Mortimer Singer, CEO of Marvin Traub Associates. “As technology continues to transform the way consumers shop, powerful results occur when innovative ideas connect with industry expertise and insight.”

Traub Accelerator’s first projects include helping Powa Technologies bring its “point of impulse” shopping app, PowaTag, to the United States. Pioneered in Europe, the app ets consumers use mobile devices to scan and instantly buy tagged products that they see in display ads, magazines, billboards and shop windows. Fast Retailing Co.’s Comptoir des Cotonniers division recently launched the service.

Sadove led Saks from 2006-2013, leaving in September, a couple months after Saks was acquired by Hudson’s Bay Company.. His career spans more than 25 years in consumer goods companies. He was the president of Clairol, as well as the president of worldwide beauty care and nutritionals at Bristol-Myers Squibb. Sadove also spent 17 years at Kraft General Foods, rising to the position of executive VP of General Foods USA, prior to taking on the Clairol position.

Sadove also serves as the chairman of the National Retail Federation (NRF), and is a board member of JCPenney, Aramark, Ruby Tuesday, and Colgate-Palmolive.

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