Starbucks names interim HR exec
Seattle-based Starbucks Coffee Co. has named board member Olden Lee as interim executive VP partner resources, to oversee the coffee chain’s human-resources strategy after Chet Kuchinad, executive VP partner resources, resigned.
Kuchinad’s resignation, which was attributed to a family illness, took effect on April 6. Starbucks said it would begin the search for Kuchinad’s permanent replacement immediately.
Hallmark sends a sympathy card
The nation’s leading greeting card company on Tuesday said it planned to cut up to 8% of its U.S. work force by laying off between 550 and 750 of its 9,200 full-time employees in the U.S.
The job cuts at the privately held company are expected to take place over the next six months and will involve 200 to 250 jobs at the company’s headquarters in Kansas City, Mo. Other cuts are expected to occur at six manufacturing and distribution facilities where between 350 and 450 jobs will be cut. Hallmark’s sales last year declined 2$ to $4.3 billion.
BJ’s expands payment options
NATICK, Mass. BJ’s Wholesale Club announced it is expanding payment options to its members by accepting government-issued food stamp benefits via Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) payments. BJ’s now accepts EBT payments at all 180 Club locations throughout its 15-state footprint.
“The Food Stamp program makes a difference in the lives of millions of Americans across the country, and the benefits they receive positively impact their abilities to feed their families consistently healthy meals,” said Laura Sen, president and CEO, BJ’s Wholesale Club. “BJ’s recognizes the diverse financial status and changing needs of its members. We are proud to help members stretch their food budgets by offering savings on a large selection of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and baked goods, along with name-brand, non-perishable staples.”