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Survey Ranks Target Among Best Places for Career Launch

BY CSA STAFF

Minneapolis In a recent survey conducted by BusinessWeek, Target was the top-ranked retailer on the “Best Places to Launch a Career” list. Target placed 14th on a list of 119 companies. Other retailers on the list included Macy’s, ranked 56th; Walgreen’s, at No. 79; Kohl’s, at No. 94; Abercrombie & Fitch, No. 98; and rounding out the list of retailers, Sears, ranked No. 110.

The ranking is compiled from surveys conducted by BusinessWeek of career-services directors at U.S.- based colleges, as well as a poll of the employers being considered. These results were combined with a survey of 40,000 college students that was conducted by Universum USA, a research company based in Philadelphia.

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FTC investigating Walgreens bid for Longs

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. Longs Drug Stores has announced that the Federal Trade Commission has requested that Longs provide the FTC with documents and information in connection with Walgreens’ unsolicited, non-binding expression of interest to acquire Longs.

In the detailed 25-page request, the FTC stated that it was investigating whether Walgreens’ proposed acquisition of Longs “may substantially lessen competition among Retail Pharmacies in various portions of California, Nevada and Hawaii.” In addition, the FTC requested information regarding several markets that had not been examined in the FTC’s previous review of the proposed Longs-CVS transaction, including Longs’ operations in Hawaii and Longs’ mail order business. The FTC may add to the request as its investigation progresses. Longs intends to cooperate in the FTC’s investigation.

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Whole Foods names senior vp of purchasing

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AUSTIN, Texas Whole Foods Market has promoted Michael Besancon to the newly created position of senior global vp of purchasing, distribution and marketing for the company.

Starting this week, Besancon will report directly to co-presidents and coos A.C. Gallo and Walter Robb, and will be responsible for leading the development and execution of strategies for procurement, distribution and marketing of products, which includes bringing the next generation of exciting offerings to Whole Foods Market shoppers.

Besancon served as president for the Southern Pacific region for more than seven years, overseeing operations, marketing and real estate development, profitability and financial growth for stores in Southern California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii.

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