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Staples Canada launches multichannel back-to-school centers

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Toronto — Staples Canada has rolled out back-to-school shopping centers in both its stores and online, using both offline and online venues to promote BTS trends, technology and supplies to Canadian school children and their parents.

"We’re ready to celebrate the back-to-school season with our customers," said Steve Matyas, president of Staples Canada. To put together the program, Staples Canada associates spent the past 12 months collaborating with specialists in education, major brands and other partners to develop a comprehensive collection of back-to-school products – and has made the collection available in-store and at staples.ca.

In addition, based on its research, Staples Canada developed a new website featuring tools, tips, sample lists for every grade, and information on a wide assortment of back-to-school products. The information can be found at Staples.ca/backtoschool.

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The Pantry profit plummets in Q3

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Cary, N.C. — C-store operator The Pantry reported that net income for the quarter ended June 27 dropped to $5.9 million from $14.8 million in the year-ago period.

Same-store merchandise revenue edged up 1.3%.

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Jewel-Osco names VP operations

BY Marianne Wilson

Itasca, Ill. — Jewel-Osco, which is owned by New Albertsons, has named Jim Rice as VP operations for Jewel-Osco.

Rice will lead the operations team to support Jewel-Osco’s new go-to-market strategies in marketing and merchandising.

Rice has worked for Albertsons for more than 35 years. He began his career as a part-time associate with the goal to become a store director, which he achieved in Southern California in 1986. From there, he was promoted to district manager in both Florida and Las Vegas, roles which prepared him to be VP of the Northern California division and later the president of the Southwest division.

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