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Stein Mart names Stein permanent CEO

BY Dan Berthiaume

Jacksonville, Fla. – Stein Mart has named Jay Stein, its interim CEO since September 2011, as permanent CEO. Stein has been chairman of Stein Mart’s board of directors since 1989 and will remain in that position. He also served as CEO from 1990 to 2001.

"It has been my pleasure to return and lead Stein Mart after nearly two years as interim CEO,” Stein said. “Working side-by-side with our wonderful leadership team, we are now enjoying these great results. This is an important time in our company’s history, and I am very happy to be part of this great organization."

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Hallmark names Google VP to board

BY Dan Berthiaume

Kansas City, Mo. – Hallmark Cards has named Claire Hughes Johnson, VP at Google, to its board of directors. Johnson, who has been with Google since 2004, currently runs its Google Offers mobile-to-store business and also has led global online sales and the new products and solutions teams, as well as teams responsible for Gmail, Google Wallet and Google Apps. Before Google, Johnson’s experience includes serving as a management consultant.

"Claire Hughes Johnson has broad experience in developing innovative new businesses and business models," said Hallmark vice chairman, president and CEO Donald J. Hall Jr. "Her knowledge of the rapidly changing digital space, as well as her experience leading global business and product teams, will help us as we consider new opportunities and develop strategic plans to expand our business."

"No one understands the power of emotional connection like Hallmark does," said Johnson. "We all strive to connect with those around us, and I’m excited to help Hallmark explore ways that technology can complement and enhance those connections."

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Kroger commits to zero waste

BY Dan Berthiaume

Cincinnati – As part of its seventh annual sustainability report, Kroger is committing to moving its stores toward the EPA zero waste threshold of 90%. Currently Kroger diverts 58% of its waste from stores and will increase that figure to 65% by the end of this year and 70% by the end of 2015. The retailer also is committing to sourcing 100% certified sustainable palm oil by the end of 2015.

Other highlights of the report include Kroger’s reduction of its carbon footprint by 4.8%, reducing overall energy consumption in stores by 32.7%, increasing its fleet efficiency by 33.1% since 2008 and staying on track to meet a goal of 40% improved fleet efficiency by 40% by 2014, donating the equivalent of 200 million meals to 80 local food banks in 2012, and providing $49 million to more than 30,000 schools and charitable organizations participating in its Community Rewards program.

"For 130 years, Kroger has aimed to serve each individual customer, every day, and to be good stewards of our communities and the environment," said David Dillon, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. "Our sustainability progress today is part of this proud heritage, thanks to more than 343,000 associates who are helping make each community we serve a better place to live."

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