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Supervalu-owned Albertsons not removing self-checkout lanes

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Minneapolis — Supervalu on Monday that it is not removing the self check-out lanes from the 460 Albertsons stores that it owns and operates in Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Nevada, Southern California, Utah, Washington state and Wyoming.

Last week it was reported that Albertsons LLC, a separate entity that owns and operates 217 stores in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, New Mexico, Texas and Utah, decided to remove self check-out lanes from its stores. The Albertsons stores owned by Supervalu will continue to provide self-checkout lanes for the convenience of its customers.

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Starbucks announces management changes

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Seattle — Starbucks said Monday that it is dividing responsibilities for its business into three global regions (instead of the current two, U.S. and international) in order to accelerate global growth.

The company has appointed three of its executives to lead the three regions: Asia; the Americas: and the combination of Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Cliff Burrows will expand his current role as president, Starbucks U.S. to president, Americas, with responsibility for the United States, Canada, Mexico and Latin America.

Michelle Gass has been named president, Starbucks EMEA. In this role, Gass will provide overall leadership to Starbucks company-operated markets in this region: the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. John Culver has been named president, Starbucks China and Asia Pacific.

All three new regional presidents — Burrows, Culver and Gass — will report to CEO Howard Schultz.

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Bartell Drugs taps KSS Retail for price optimization

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Cincinnati — Bartell Drugs has selected KSS Retail, a global supplier of price modeling, optimization, and customer insight solutions for the retail industry, as its provider for price modeling and optimization.

“We chose KSS Retail because we know Price Optimization will allow us to better understand what’s important to our shoppers, which will help us deliver the value they’ve come to expect.” said Ron Miller, senior VP merchandising at Bartell Drugs, which operates 58 stores in Washington State.

KSS Retail provides real-time modeling and optimization of regular and promotional pricing with the ability to look at pricing by price zones, as well as customer segments.

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