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President, CEO Leaves FreshDirect

BY CSA STAFF

New York City FreshDirect CEO and president Steve Michaelson has left the company. Previous to his post at FreshDirect, Michaelson served as senior VP of marketing and merchandising at Weis supermarkets. He has also served as the marketing VP at Wegman’s.

A spokeswoman at FreshDirect told Chain Store Age that an interim president and CEO has not been named.

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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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