Pan-Oston Receives 2011 Domino’s Pizza Teamwork Award
Bowling Green, Ky. — Pan-Oston was awarded the Domino’s Pizza Teamwork Award for 2011 at its annual Supplier Summit. The award was in recognition of Pan-Oston’s teamwork and execution of the New Image Counters, which the supplier engineered, manufactured and delivered within 90 days to six stores.
This is the second award given to Pan-Oston by Domino’s Pizza, the first award being the prestigious Partner Award for 2007.
“While we are pleased to receive another award from Domino’s, we are most proud of our long-standing relationship with their company. It is an immense pleasure to work in a true partnership where we are able to support the success of the Domino’s franchisees. Pan-Oston is looking forward to witnessing the new vision of Domino’s come into complete focus and to celebrating the success to come with Domino’s positive store count in the U.S. and fast-paced growth internationally,” said Jim Vance, president of Pan-Oston.
Kroger adopts gestation-crate-free pork policy
CINCINNATI — Kroger has joined other food retailers in moving towards a policy of only offering products made from gestation-crate-free pigs. The company announced that it has begun informing suppliers of a new policy statement regarding gestation crates that are used to house pregnant sows.
After conducting its own review and considering the concerns of animal welfare and other experts, it has determined that a gestation-crate-free environment is more humane and that the pork industry should work toward gestation crate-free housing for pregnant sows.
The company is encouraging its suppliers to accelerate this already-occurring transition in the Kroger supply-chain. Kroger also wants customers to know that this is a transition that may take many years.
Catalina names former Sears Holdings exec new CPO
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Catalina Marketing named Michael Murray to the newly created role of chief product officer.
Murray previously served as chief marketing officer of e-commerce and online at Sears Holdings where he led all acquisition, social marketing and online customer communication for Sears.com and Kmart.com. Murray’s new employer said he will be responsible for leading Catalina’s overall consumer-centric product strategy and innovation roadmap and play a key role in the company’s expanding portfolio of products and solutions to help brands and retailers better engage with consumers online and offline.
“Catalina is dramatically expanding its vision and solutions to address the changing needs of brands, retailers and consumers. We’re bringing new personalized experiences to consumers across a variety of touch points along the path-to-purchase and helping our clients grow consumer loyalty over time,” said Catalina CEO Jamie Egasti. “Michael is an accomplished executive with extensive innovation experience across traditional and new media marketing, CRM, and Internet technology. His experience in driving innovation, as well as expertise in when and how to engage the consumer along the path-to-purchase, will help Catalina stay at the forefront of consumer loyalty innovation.”
Catalina characterized Murray as a proven strategist with an excellent understanding of today’s constantly evolving, technology-driven marketplace. Prior to Sears Holdings, he was general manager, new ventures and innovation and VP marketing operations, which included the development and deployment of AOL’s multi-channel member management CRM platform, and VP of consumer loyalty and retention.
“I am thrilled about joining Catalina and leveraging my experience with insights, data, and multi-channel reach to be a part of Catalina’s consumer-centric, multi-channel approach,” said Murray. “I am a true believer that brands must meet the consumer’s need for one-on-one engagement through the channel that they choose, whether that be online, at-home, on-the-move, in-store or in post-purchase conversation. Catalina is transforming the consumer shopping experience and I am extremely excited about becoming part of the team that is making that happen.”