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Shop.org board elects OfficeMax chief digital officer

BY Dan Berthiaume

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Naperville, Ill. — Jim Barr, executive VP and chief digital officer of OfficeMax Inc., has been elected to the board of directors of Shop.org, where he will serve a two-year term. Barr joined OfficeMax in his current role in November 2011.

"It’s an honor to join the Shop.org board and help to play a role in advancing the organization’s strategic mission, including helping to address the challenges and opportunities most pressing to us within the digital retail industry," said Barr. "As advances in technology allow consumers and businesses to shop in new ways, we also have the opportunity to reach our customers in new ways to engage them and build deeper brand loyalty. Shop.org plays a crucial role in fostering the insights and dialogue needed to position online and omni-channel retailing to succeed."

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Kroger taps Ralph’s VP as president of Fry’s Food

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Cincinnati — The Kroger Co. has promoted Steve McKinney to president of the Fry’s Food Stores division. Fry’s operates 119 food stores in Arizona.

McKinney, 57, has been VP of operations at the company’s Ralphs division since 2007. He succeeds Jon Flora, who passed away unexpectedly two weeks ago.

"In his 31 years with the company, Steve has demonstrated a deep knowledge of our industry, excellence in operations, and a passion for serving our customers and our associates," said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s president and CEO. "Steve has the expertise and energy to lead Fry’s in the years ahead. I know that he and our outstanding associates will continue to honor and sustain Fry’s great legacy of associate engagement, service to our customers, and communities."

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U.S. investigators raid Lumber Liquidator’s offices

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New York — Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc., the fast-growing hardwood flooring retailer, said Friday that federal authorities with search warrants showed up at its corporate offices Virginia, on Thursday. The company said that the federal authorities’ actions were related to certain wood flooring product imports.

The authorities were from the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Lumber Liquidators said that it takes sourcing and compliance very seriously and is cooperating and providing the information that the authorities requested.

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