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Safeway appoints chief medical officer

BY CSA STAFF

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway has appointed Kent Bradley as its new chief medical officer.

In his new role, Bradley will be responsible for developing and guiding the company’s extensive portfolio of health care programs including its employee and consumer wellness and prevention activities. Additionally, Bradley also will assist Safeway’s Safeway Health subsidiary on a range of business initiatives, the company said. He will report to Safeway EVP and Safeway Health president Larree Renda.

Prior to joining Safeway, Bradley had a career in the U.S. Army, where he earned the rank of colonel and served in a wide of range assignments, including chief medical officer from the Infantry Division level to CMO-executive director for Tricare-Europe, which supported more than 250,000 Department of Defense beneficiaries in more than 95 countries throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Prior to that, Bradley served in Iraq as deputy commander of the 30th Medical Brigade.

"We are pleased and honored to have someone of Dr. Bradley’s caliber and reputation joining the Safeway team," Safeway chairman, president and CEO Steve Burd said. "His well-recognized expertise in health and wellness and his proven track record leading large groups of professionals in a range of challenging settings will bring immediate and important benefits to our company."

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Home Depot, Habitat for Humanity partner to renovate homes of military vets

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ATLANTA — Home Depot announced that it has teamed up with Habitat for Humanity International for a new joint program, Repair Corps, to remodel and renovate the homes of U.S. military veterans. With $1.5 million in funding from The Home Depot Foundation, volunteer assistance from Team Depot, The Home Depot’s associate-led volunteer force, and technical assistance from Habitat for Humanity International, the goal of Repair Corps is to provide Habitat affiliates across the country with the resources to repair the homes of nearly 100 veterans and their families.

"We are committed to ensuring that every veteran has a safe place to call home," said Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation. "Habitat for Humanity has its finger on the pulse of the needs of homeowners in communities nationwide, and we know that through our joint Repair Corps program, we’ll be able to identify and help veterans whose homes are in critical need of repair."

The partnership has three components:

  • Thirty-six Habitat affiliates in 21 states across the country have been selected to participate in an $800,000 pilot program managed by Habitat for Humanity International. Home repair grants will be allocated in amounts up to $10,000 for each Repair Corps project.

  • Repair Corps grants will pay for needed home repairs from insulation and weather stripping to the installation of wheelchair ramps and renovated bathrooms and doorways to accommodate disabled veterans. Larger repairs such as roofing, electrical, plumbing, HVAC and structural improvements will also be available. The program is designed under the same model as new homes built for Habitat families where the veteran will repay the zero interest loan necessary for these repairs, which is then deposited into a revolving fund to assist additional families in need of decent housing.

  • Habitat for Humanity Los Angeles is receiving a direct grant of $400,000 to support its "Homes for Heroes" program. The Home Depot Foundation’s grant will provide critical home repairs to 25 veterans and their families to alleviate health, life and safety issues. The effort will include modifications for handicapped accessibility.

  • Habitat for Humanity Houston is receiving a direct grant of $300,000 to fund its "Home Assistance Program for Veterans." The Home Depot Foundation’s grant will be used to repair and retrofit the homes of 20 veterans and their families, including handicapped accessibility modifications where necessary.

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Target inks supplier deal for Canadian stores

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STELLARTON, NS and MINNEAPOLIS — Details for Target’s entry into Canada continue to fall into place as the retailer announced last week a long-term wholesale distribution agreement with Sobeys Inc.

Beginning in early 2013, Sobeys will supply Target’s food and grocery requirements for frozen, dairy, and dry grocery products, inclusive of both national brand and Target’s private label brands.

“Target is excited to be working with a partner like Sobeys. We look forward to building a strong relationship that creates value across both companies for a long time to come,” said Tony Fisher, president Target Canada.

Through its coast-to-coast network of 23 food distribution centers, Sobeys will be able to provide the same high level of service to Target’s store network as it does to its own network of 1,300 stores across the country. The two companies have also agreed to leverage each other’s distribution networks to mutually reduce transportation expenses.

In addition to the wholesale distribution arrangement, both companies will also explore additional supply chain opportunities.

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