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Safeway only retailer among Employer Support Freedom Award winners

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Pleasanton, Calif. – Safeway was selected to receive the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the nation’s highest honor given to employers for exceptional support of National Guard and Reserve employees.

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, an office of the Department of Defense, announced the 15 award recipients on Tuesday.

Safeway was the only retailer to be honored with the Freedom Award. The recipients, who were chosen from a pool of nearly 3,000 nominated private and public sector employers, were selected for their demonstrated programs, policies and achievements in support and hiring members of the National Guard and Reserve.

"I commend and thank the 15 recipients of the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award for providing exceptional support to our Citizen Warriors," said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. "So many of our nation’s employers are finding ways to contribute to our nation’s security, but these employers stand out for their commitment to our guardsmen and reservists. They have the gratitude and thanks of the entire Department of Defense."

Safeway was among the first employers to commit more than 10 years ago to cover the pay differential and extend full benefits to employees in the Reserve and National Guard called to active duty. In 2012, Safeway hired nearly 1,500 veterans, with more than 1,300 of them hired into the company’s retail stores. Safeway also has committed to hiring at least another 1,500 veterans by the end of 2013.

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Gordmans, Oracle team toward store growth

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Omaha, Neb. – Midwestern department store retailer Gordmans Stores, which recently announced plans to expand its store base nearly 40% over a three-year period, said it will move forward with the Oracle Retail platform as a means to support the aggressive growth initiative.

The Oracle solution set utilized by Gordmans included core merchandising foundation, inventory management, pricing, retail financials, warehouse receiving and sales auditing. To guide the technology transformation, Gordmans chose Oracle Partner OLR as its systems integration and support partner. OLR’s consultants worked with Gordmans internal IT team to clearly map system requirements and tailor a solution to support current needs and the vision for the future.

According to Richard Heyman, CIO at Gordmans, OLR provided tools, collateral and templates to support a smooth and efficient transition. The engagement spanned Gordmans’ entire initiative, from initial analysis and project scoping to post go-live transition support. As part of its ongoing support, OLR provides application resources that enable the retailer to focus on key strategic initiatives.

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Arnault named executive VP at Louis Vuitton

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Paris – Louis Vuitton said Tuesday it has tapped billionaire heiress Delphine Arnault as the company’s executive VP. As the second in command, the daughter of LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault will oversee all product-related activities of the Louis Vuitton House.

"I am delighted to work again with Delphine Arnault,” said chairman and CEO of Louis Vuitton Michael Burke. “Her intimate knowledge of the universe of our high-quality products and her experience at the helm of one of the most prestigious houses in the group are key assets to contribute to the successful development of Louis Vuitton in the world."

Arnault started her career with consultancy McKinsey, and joined LVMH in 2000. In 2001, she joined the executive committee of Christian Dior Couture, of which she has been deputy managing director since 2008.

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton’s fashion and leather goods division includes Louis Vuitton, Céline, Loewe, Kenzo, Givenchy, Thomas Pink, Fendi, Emilio Pucci, Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Berluti and StefanoBi.

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