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Report: Department store retailer in data breach

BY CSA STAFF

Saks Fifth Avenue is the latest retailer to compromise the personal data of some of its shoppers.

Saks inadvertently exposed personal information, including email ad-dresses and phone numbers of some of its shoppers on its online shop-ping site this weekend, according to BuzzFeed News.

The information has since been taken down. The exposed data were vis-ible only via a specific link on the Saks site, one where customers went to join a wait-list for select products.

Saks’ e-commerce site is maintained by the digital division of its parent company, Hudson’s Bay Company.

In the report, a spokesperson from Hudson’s Bay Company said, “We want to reassure our customers that no credit, payment, or password in-formation was ever exposed. The security of our customers is of utmost priority and we are moving quickly and aggressively to resolve the situa-tion, which is limited to a low single-digit percentage of email addresses.”

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Kroger names new Fred Meyer Stores president

BY Marianne Wilson

That was fast.

The Kroger Co. wasted no time in naming a replacement for Jeff Burt, president of Fred Meyer Stores, who resigned on Monday, March 20, to head up Target’s grocery business.

Kroger tapped company veteran Joe Grieshaber as president of Fred Meyer Stores, immediately.

Grieshaber began his career with Kroger in 1983 as a store management trainee in Nashville, Tenn. He has served in a variety of leadership roles with Kroger, most recently as president of Kroger's Columbus division.

"Joe is known throughout the retail industry as an exceptional leader who always brings out the best in his people and teams," said Fred Morganthall, Kroger's executive VP of retail operations. "His depth of experience will help the Fred Meyer team build on their successes and continue to innovate and deliver a unique shopping experience for our customers."

Succeeding Grieshaber is Dan De La Rosa, who has been promoted to president of Kroger's Columbus division. De La Rosa currently serves as VP of merchandising for Fred Meyer Stores.

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Starbucks, Seattle

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Starbucks has debuted its in-store Reserve coffee bar concept in downtown Seattle.

The new store combines the educational aspects of the company’s Reserve Roastery format and its rare small-lot Reserve coffees within a traditional Starbucks setting, complete with such regular coffee and Frappuccinos.

It’s estimated that Starbucks locations with the Reserve bar will make up 20% of the company’s global store portfolio over time.

The store design offers a casual Pacific Northwest ambiance mixed with mid-century modern tones, with a threaded ceiling that echoes the Harbor Steps of the locale.

“We focused on preserving the bones of the space with the columns and the areas of concrete,” senior designer Bret Lewis said. “We tried to have some restraint, so we could highlight character elements. That’s true to Seattle – it has an elevated industrial vibe, but it feels warm.”

The design team also focused on the sensory experience.

“When you walk in, you’ll hear the grinding and tamping of coffee from the manual espresso machines,” senior designer Bret Lewis said. “You’ll have a clear line of sight to the baristas with a long, low bar.”

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