Report: Amazon tests delivery lockers in stores in Seattle and New York
New York City — Amazon is testing robotic delivery lockers that people can use to receive items they order from the website, according to published reports.
Wired magazine reported online that the company was conducting the tests in Seattle and New York at Rite Aid and 7-Eleven stores, as well as other locations. The new service would allow people to select a locker location for delivery and then go to retrieve their items automatically using a six-digit code.
Rite Aid spokesman Eric Harkreader told Drug Store News that a "handful" of Rite Aid stores were participating in the test, though he could not offer additional details.
"To speculate beyond the test, I think, would be premature," he said.
Walmart Foundation names Bill Gates Foundation exec as new president
Bentonville, Ark. — Walmart and the Walmart Foundation on Friday named Sylvia Mathews Burwell as president of the Walmart Foundation.
Burwell will join Walmart in January 2012 to lead the company’s charitable giving efforts and Walmart’s Global Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative. Burwell will also guide the company’s social, environmental and economic opportunity efforts in Africa, the company said.
Burwell is currently president of global development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In her new position, she will report to Leslie Dach, Walmart’s executive VP corporate affairs.
Burwell began her work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2001 as COO and executive director. Prior to joining the Gates Foundation, she held a variety of positions in Washington, D.C., including deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, deputy chief of staff to President Bill Clinton and chief of staff to Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin.
Armani exec named CEO of Victoria’s Secret Direct
Columbus, Ohio — Victoria’s Secret Direct said Thursday that former Giorgio Armani Corp. CEO Bridget Ryan-Berman has been named CEO of the Internet and catalogue division of Victoria’s Secret and a subsidiary of Limited Brands.
Ryan-Berman replaces Pia Ferrario, who will remain as CEO through the holiday season and then transition into an advisory role with the company.
Ferrario joined Limited Brands in 1989 and was named CEO of Victoria’s Secret Direct in 2007.
Prior to her career at Armani, Ryan-Berman was COO of Apple’s retail division.