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Report: McDonald’s launches app in New England, Albany areas

BY Dan Berthiaume

Oak Brook, Ill. – McDonald’s is reportedly making its free “McD” mobile app available to customers in the New England/Albany, N.Y. market. According to the Boston Globe, New England/Albany is the third market where McDonald’s has released the McD app, which is available for both iPhones and Android smartphones.

The McD app offers coupons, menu listings, a restaurant locator and additional new deals every six weeks. It is available in the App Store, Google Play store and also by scanning QR codes available in restaurants.

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Ahold USA appoints new CFO

BY CSA STAFF

Dan Sullivan was elevated to the role of CFO at Ahold USA following the departure of Paula Price.

Price spent nearly five years there, but decided to take her career in a new direction, according to a statement by the supermarket operator, subsidiary of Netherlands-based Royal Ahold and owner of the Stop & Shop and Giant Food Stores chains. Price will lecture at a leading university on leadership and technical topics related to her unique business journey in addition to complementing her existing corporate and non-profit board positions, according to the company.

Filling her role is Dan Sullivan who joined Ahold USA in 2010 and most recently served as SVP of business planning and performance. Sullivan will report to COO James McCann.

"I want to thank Paula for her many contributions to Ahold USA," McCann said. "During her tenure, Paula transformed Ahold USA’s financial organization and led programs that delivered hundreds of millions of cost savings and helped to build a strong foundation for our future."

Prior to joining Ahold USA, Sullivan was CFO, COO and SVP of strategy for Heineken USA

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Holidays looking happier for JCP

BY CSA STAFF

Same store sales increased 10.1% during November at J.C. Penney, the company announced during an update on its holiday performance.

In addition to the double digit comp performance, J.C. Penney said its e-commerce sales through jcp.com continued to be strong, running well ahead of last year, consistent with last month’s trend.

"We are pleased with our performance during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, particularly in light of the continued spending pressures on consumers,” said J.C. Penney CEO Mike Ullman. “The combination of our great merchandise and compelling promotions put us in a position to succeed in a highly competitive environment, and our teams executed very well.”

Based on sales trends through the weekend, the company said it was encouraged by the early performance of its giftable items, especially among its private brands such as Modern Bride, St. John’s Bay and a.n.a.

"The traffic and conversion we saw both in stores and online this weekend was exciting for everyone across our organization. We know the environment will remain as competitive as ever, and we are all working to maintain our momentum through the holiday season,” Ullman said.

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