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OfficeMax to Cut 2,700 Management Jobs

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Naperville, Ill. OfficeMax Inc. said that it plans to eliminate 2, 700 positions in an effort to streamline operations, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The company will be cutting half of its assistant managers and two-thirds of its store supervisors.

OfficeMax is also creating new, lower-paid “specialist” positions on the selling floor in larger stores to take up some of the slack, the report said. These specialists will concentrate on more complicated products, such as office furniture and technology.

OfficeMax expects the process to be complete by the end of the June.

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Study: Barnes & Noble top bookseller

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NEW YORK According to the 2008 EquiTrend Brand Study by Harris Interactive, for the fifth year in a row, Barnes & Noble is the nation’s top bookselling brand.

Barnes & Noble is also number-one in overall quality among the nations bookstores measured. The study is based on individual responses from more than 20,000 U.S. consumers who were interviewed for this highly respected annual survey.

The Barnes & Noble brand signifies the top bookselling experience to customers, said Steve Riggio, ceo of Barnes & Noble. People expect and receive premier quality and service from browsing and shopping Barnes & Noble stores, relaxing in our cafes, and attending our many community literary events.

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Fresh & Easy streamlines distribution

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market reported that it has, along with its suppliers, streamlined its distribution model to reduce direct store deliveries.

To eliminate extra and unnecessary delivery trips, Fresh & Easy has created a new way of stocking stores with these same products with fewer deliveries by asking the company’s suppliers to deliver directly to the company’s centralized distribution center.

“By keeping our distribution model simple Fresh & Easy is able to save fuel and offer honest, everyday low prices on all our products,” said ceo Tim Mason. “Reducing fuel consumption is also consistent with our commitment to be a good steward of the environment.”

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