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Report: Amazon pilots in-house delivery service

BY Dan Berthiaume

Seattle – Amazon.com is reportedly piloting an in-house delivery service that would use trucks driven by Amazon-hired contractors to deliver packages from area distribution centers to customer homes. According to the Wall Street Journal, Amazon.com is testing the service in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York.

The service could potentially reduce shipping times and costs and also enable same-day shipping. It is also seen as a direct competitive move against UPS, as well as Wal-Mart, EBay and Google.

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Stein Mart promotes two execs to new role of president

BY Dan Berthiaume

Jacksonville, Fla. – The board of directors of Stein Mart Inc. has created the office of the president and have appointed D. Hunt Hawkins and Brian R. Morrow to share that office. Both will continue to report to Jay Stein, CEO.

Hawkins joined the company in 1994 as senior VP, HR. and has served as executive VP/COO in 2011. Morrow joined the company in 2010 as executive VP/chief merchandising officer. Prior to joining the company, Morrow served as senior VP/general merchandising manager with Macy’s North/Marshall Field’s from February 2005 to May 2008.

"Hunt and Brian have made significant contributions in the success of the Company," said Stein. "Their promotions are a testament to their leadership that has built a team that has produced seven consecutive quarters of comp store gains, a dramatic departure from the achievements of past management, and reflect the confidence the board and I have in them."

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Wal-Mart changes Asia management structure

BY Dan Berthiaume

Hong Kong — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is changing the management structure of its Asia operation with a series of promotions. Scott Price, currently president and CEO of Walmart Asia, will move to a senior management role as executive VP, international strategy and development, real estate, mergers and acquisitions, integration and purchase leverage, based at Wal-Mart’s world headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Greg Foran, currently president and CEO of Walmart China, has been named president and CEO, Walmart Asia, and will be based in the company’s Asia regional office in Hong Kong. Sean Clarke, Walmart China’s current COO, has been named president and CEO of Walmart China. The changes are effective June 1.

"These promotions allow us to tap into the extraordinary talent we have in our company, leverage their unique strengths to benefit the entire organization, and ensure continuity of leadership in China and the region," said David Cheesewright, president and CEO of Walmart International. "While these moves highlight the internal talent we have at Walmart, they also show how we are able to build global talent to meet the needs of the company wherever we operate."

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