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Schnuck class-action notification underway

BY Katherine Boccaccio

St. Louis — A settlement in a Schnuck Markets, Inc., security breach class-action lawsuit has been reached and a notification program is underway, as approved by the Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis, State of Missouri.

Customers of 79 Schnuck grocery stores are being alerted that the breach, which occurred between December 9, 2012 and March 30, 2013, has been settled and that they may be entitled to a share of the proceeds.

On March 30, 2013, Schnucks announced that its computer systems had been compromised; the incident involved the insertion of malicious computer code that targeted data in the magnetic stripe of credit and debit cards swiped at 79 Schnucks stores.

The lawsuit claims that Schnucks was responsible for the security incident because Schnucks did not take appropriate care to protect its payment card systems from hacking. Schnucks denies all of the claims and says it did not do anything wrong.

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Office Depot makes thousands of jobs available to military veterans

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Boca Raton, Fla. — Office Depot, Inc. has amped up its military hiring efforts by teaming with Military.com to provide job opportunities to veterans.

By partnering with the nation’s largest military and veteran membership organization, Office Depot has made thousands of employment opportunities – including openings in supply chain, sales, e-commerce, IT, human resources, marketing and retail – available to military veterans; the jobs are now posted to Military.com’s Veteran Employment Center, where active and retired service personnel can view and apply.

As well, all Office Depot positions posted to the company’s career’s page and to Military.com will connect to Military.com’s ‘Military Skills Translator’ to help veterans find the most appropriate employment positions based on their military specialties and experience.

“The U.S. military is one of the best-trained work forces in the world, and our veterans have numerous skills and values that translate well to the business environment,” said Roland Smith, chairman and CEO, Office Depot.

Smith is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and served in the Army as an aviation maintenance officer and pilot.

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Academy Sports plans new distribution center to support expansion

BY Dan Berthiaume

Katy, Texas – Academy Ltd., parent company of the Academy Sports + Outdoors chain, will open a 1.6.-million-plus-sq.-ft. distribution center on a 200-plus-acre site in Cookeville, Tennessee to support its continued expansion. The retailer will begin construction on the facility later in August 2014 with plans to become operational in early 2016.

"The new distribution center will support the long-term growth and continued expansion of Academy Sports + Outdoors while enabling us to provide our customers with quicker access to their favorite sports, outdoors and lifestyle products for the entire family," said Rodney Faldyn, CEO and president.

The company is expected to hire approximately 700 associates during a five-year period with initial hiring to begin in fall 2015. This will be the company’s third distribution center, joining centers in Katy, Texas, and Jeffersonville, Georgia.

Academy currently operates 178 stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.

The addition new DC will provide the company added capacity to better serve stores in its existing 13 state trade area while supporting northern expansion into contiguous markets such as Kentucky, Virginia, Illinois and beyond.

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