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Report: Wal-Mart to test in-store lockers for online purchases

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Walmart plans to test the use of in-store lockers to hold goods ordered on its website until shoppers can pick them up, Reuters reported.

Neil Ashe, president and CEO of the discounter’s global e-commerce division, discussed the test, which will get underway this summer in about 12 locations, on Tuesday at the chain’s e-commerce media day. The event was held at its global e-commerce offices in San Bruno, Calif. Ashe also said that Wal-Mart is set to surpass $9 billion in annual online sales this year.

Online shoppers will receive a password they can use to open the lockers when they pick up the items, the report said.

Wal-Mart’s move comes as Amazon.com is installing lockers in Staples stores, 7-Eleven outlets and other locations where customers can pick up merchandise ordered online.

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Kroger VP to retire

BY Staff Writer

Cincinnati — Kroger on Tuesday announced the planned retirement of VP and pension investment officer, Rich Manka. His retirement is effective July 15.

"Throughout his career, Rich has been a trusted member of Kroger’s leadership team," stated Mike Schlotman, Kroger’s CFO. "Pension plan trustees and participants alike have benefited from his vast knowledge and influence on investment strategies and plan designs. We thank Rich for his contributions to our company and industry and wish him the very best."

Kroger has not yet named Manka’s successor.

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Supervalu cutting about 1,100 jobs

BY Marianne Wilson

Minneapolis — Supervalu announced plans to eliminate about 1,100 positions nationwide, or about 3% of its national workforce. The reductions include both current positions and open jobs that will not be filled.

The news comes less than a week after Supervalu completed the sale of five of its grocery banners, including Albertson’s and Shaws/Star Markets. The company said the sale of the five chains means that the remaining business will need "significantly fewer" corporate and store support roles and functions.

“The decision to reduce our workforce, although difficult because of the impacts to our people, is the necessary next step in the rebuilding of our business,” said Sam Duncan, Supervalu’s president and chief executive officer. “This move is an important part of our strategy to be more focused and efficient in our operations, including how we staff and support our three business units going forward.”

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M.Incense says:
Mar-26-2013 06:28 pm

well, I think that they should not do this as this will decrease the number of jobs in the country. It will definitely reduce the workforce of everywhere. Thanks , herbal Incense labor Team !

M.Incense says:
Mar-26-2013 06:28 pm

well, I think that they should not do this as this will decrease the number of jobs in the country. It will definitely reduce the workforce of everywhere. Thanks , herbal Incense labor Team !

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