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Survey finds increased IT hiring projections

BY Marianne Wilson

Menlo park, Calif. — Technology executives expect information technology hiring to increase in first quarter 2013, according to the just-released Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index and Skills Report.

In the latest quarterly survey, 17% of chief information officers (CIOs) said they plan to expand their IT departments, and 8% expect cutbacks, for a net 9% projected increase in hiring activity. This is up six points from the previous quarter’s projections. Seventy-five percent of CIOs plan to maintain their current staffing levels.

The report is based on telephone interviews with more than 1,400 CIOs from companies across the United States with 100 or more employees. The survey is conducted by an independent research firm and developed by Robert Half Technology, a leading provider of IT professionals on a project and full-time basis.

Other key findings include:

  • Sixty-three percent of CIOs said it’s somewhat or very challenging to find skilled professionals today, up nine points from the previous quarter.
  • Eighty-seven percent of CIOs are somewhat or very confident in their companies’ growth prospects in the next three months.
  • Nearly half (49%) of technology executives expressed confidence that their firms will be investing in IT projects in the first quarter.

“CIOs report higher demand for IT professionals in the first quarter, especially for those with skills in hot areas such as applications development and IT security,” said John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology. “In the new year, we often see increased hiring as firms’ budgets for 2013 have been approved and they are able to hire additional personnel.”

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Reports: Shakeup at Delhaize America; Food Lion CEO out

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Cathy Green Burns, president of Food Lion, has left the company and is being succeeded by Beth Newlands Campbell as part of a major organizational shakeup at Delhaize America, according to published reports. Delhaize America is a division of Brussels-based Delhaize Group. Campbell previously served as president of Hannaford Supermarkets.

The shakeup comes on the heels of the Oct. 15 appointment of Roland Smith as president and CEO of Delhaize America and EVP of Delhaize Group. Smith, former president and CEO of The Wendy’s Co., replaced Ronald Hodge, who had been with the company for 33 years.

Brad Wise, senior VP human resources for Delhaize America, will become the new president of Hannaford/Sweetbay. Mike Vail, president of Sweetbay Supermarkets, will assume the role of chief supply chain officer for Delhaize America.

In other moves:

  • Mark Doiron, Delhaize America chief supply chain officer, has left the company;
  • Greg Amoroso, SVP business service center and sustainability for Delhaize America, becomes CFO for Delhaize America;
  • David Criscione will assume the role of chief strategy and development officer of Delhaize America. Most recently, he was SVP strategy, marketing and business development at Hannaford;
  • Meg Ham will continue in her role as president of Bottom Dollar Food;
  • Deborah Dixson will serve as chief information officer of Delhaize America; and
  • Linn Evans will continue as chief legal officer of Delhaize America.

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P.Lopez says:
Apr-10-2013 07:35 pm

Delhaize America is a division of Brussels-based Delhaize Group. Campbell previously served as president of Hannaford Supermarkets. Chatrandom

P.Lopez says:
Apr-10-2013 07:35 pm

Delhaize America is a division of Brussels-based Delhaize Group. Campbell previously served as president of Hannaford Supermarkets. Chatrandom

P.Jones says:
Mar-26-2013 05:55 am

So much important news that are happening today. I find this topic very important. - Michael Courouleau

P.Jones says:
Mar-26-2013 05:55 am

So much important news that are happening today. I find this topic very important. - Michael Courouleau

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Macy’s to keep stores open 48 hours straight Dec. 21 through Dec. 23

BY Vivian Lee

New York — Last-minute holiday shoppers will have some help from Macy’s this year, as the retailer plans keep most of its stores open 48 hours straight the weekend before Christmas, from 7 a.m. Dec. 21 through 7 a.m. on Dec. 23.

The 48-hour shopping marathon coincides with Macy’s final scheduled One-Day Sale of the year, which concludes at 7 a.m., Dec. 23. While the sale ends Sunday morning, 57 stores will remain open 24 hours or offer extended late hours until close on Christmas Eve.

With Thanksgiving falling on November 22, consumers this year will have a total of 32 shopping days, counting Christmas Eve, and no real excuse for last-minute shopping. But the holiday does have a way of sneaking up on some shoppers, and others simply like the adrenaline rush of a last-minute shopping marathon.

"For the first time ever, Macy’s will keep most stores open around the clock for the last weekend of holiday shopping, an expansion of our successful marathon that began at select stores in 2006," said Peter Sachse, Macy’s chief stores officer. “We hope to make it easy for our customers across the country to finish their shopping at any time of day or night, and with the benefit of the great deals and value they count on from our One Day Sale events."

Macy’s began the tradition of keeping its doors open 24 hours with Macy’s Queens Center in 2006. Macy’s added additional stores in subsequent years, and last year offered customers the opportunity to shop outside regular store hours in 14 locations that were open 24 hours and in 27 locations that offered extended hours.

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Mar-26-2013 06:28 am

Good news. Indeed, they knew and understand perfectly the wants and demands of their customers. - Michael Courouleau

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Mar-26-2013 06:28 am

Good news. Indeed, they knew and understand perfectly the wants and demands of their customers. - Michael Courouleau

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