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Rite Aid announces exec shifts in HR and Ops

BY Staff Writer

Camp Hill, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp. said Thursday that it has shifted executive VP store operations Brian Fiala to the position of executive VP human resources, responsible for all aspects of human resources, including training, recruitment, talent management, compensation and benefits and labor relations. He will report to John Standley, Rite Aid president and CEO.

Fiala succeeds Steve Parsons, who is leaving Rite Aid to take another position.

Senior VP-Western Division Robert K. Thompson has been named to succeed Fiala as executive VP store operations. He will be responsible for all operations at the company’s more than 4,700 stores and will report to Ken Martindale, Rite Aid COO.

Bill Romine, formerly Group VP for Metro New York, will succeed Thompson as senior VP Western Division.

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L.L. Bean launches mobile commerce site

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Freeport, Maine — L.L. Bean has launched a mobile commerce website that allows shoppers the ability to search, browse, purchase and read product ratings and reviews from any Internet-enabled mobile phone.

Key features of L.L. Bean’s new mobile shopping experience include: site search, store finder, L.L. Bean Visa Card coupon lookup, click to call customer service, ratings and reviews, e-mail sign up and complete product descriptions.

The site, built by m-commerce technology provider Usablenet, enhances the mobile experience through consistent cross-channel messaging emphasizing customer service, value and L.L. Bean’s 100% satisfaction guarantee policy.

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Target settles disability discrimination suit

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New York City — The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission settled a lawsuit with Target Corp. regarding the rights of a disabled cart attendant in California’s Orange County, the Associated Press reported.

Court papers filed on Tuesday reveal that Target agreed to pay former employee Jeremy Schott $160,000 and develop policies to respond to disabled employees’ needs, the report said.

The EEOC alleged in a 2009 lawsuit that Target failed to ensure the presence of a job coach for Schott, who suffers from cerebral palsy, and reduced his work hours at the company’s Foothill Ranch store after he went on a medical leave due to a seizure.

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