Target names head of Canadian operations
Minneapolis — Target Corp. said that it has promoted Tony Fisher to president of Target Canada as the retailer prepares to open its first stores in the country. He will be responsible for building the team, establishing the headquarters and leading the day-to-day operations of the corporation’s recently announced expansion into Canada.
The chain tapped an 11-year employee to lead its Canadian business. Last week, Target announced it bought 220 Zeller’s leaseholds and it plans to open between 100 and 150 Target stores in Canada beginning in 2013.
Fisher served most recently as VP merchandise operation.
"Tony has a strong sense of Target’s unique culture, merchandising strategy and brand and a proven record of delivering results," said Michael Francis, chief marketing officer and executive committee sponsor of Target Canada.
CVS resumes search for new retail president
Woonsocket, R.I. — CVS Caremark Corp. said Tuesday it is resuming its search for a new president of its pharmacy operations in view of Wal-Mart Stores’ lawsuit to block its previous choice.
The company said executives Mike Bloom and Scott Baker will lead the retail pharmacy business while CVS Caremark seeks a permanent president. Baker is in charge of CVS Caremark’s internal operations and real estate, and he has been with the company for about 25 years. Bloom is in charge of merchandising and the company’s supply chain. He has worked for CVS and CVS Caremark for 20 years.
In December, CVS said it would hire Hank Mullany, the former head of Wal-Mart’s Northern U.S. business. Wal-Mart sued CVS and Mullany, saying Mullany’s contract barred him from working for a competitor for two years after he left Wal-Mart. A judge granted an injunction and stopped Mullany from joining CVS until after a trial, which was scheduled to begin in early March.
The current head of the stores, Larry Merlo, has been promoted to president and COO of CVS Caremark, which also includes the prescription plan administrator. He will become CEO in May, replacing Thomas Ryan.
Starbucks expands mobile payment to all U.S. stores
Seattle — Starbucks announced the launch of mobile payment in all U.S. company-operated stores, allowing customers to pay for in-store purchases with select smart phones. The company said test markets in Seattle, Northern California, New York and more than 1,000 Starbucks in domestic Target stores have successfully used the program.
“Today, one in five Starbucks transactions is made using a Starbucks Card and mobile payment will extend the way our customers experience and use their Starbucks Card,” said Brady Brewer, VP Starbucks card and brand loyalty. “With mobile payment, the Starbucks Card platform further elevates the customer experience by delivering convenience, rewarding loyalty and continuing to build an emotional connection with our customers.”
To utilize mobile payment at Starbucks, customers must download the free Starbucks Card Mobile App for select BlackBerry smart phones, iPhone or iPod touch mobile devices. In addition to the mobile payment capability, the app allows customers to manage their Starbucks Card account, check their card balance, reload their card with any major credit card (iPhone users can also use the PayPal feature), check their My Starbucks Rewards status and find a nearby Starbucks store with the store locator feature.
Customers can pay with their smart phone by holding their mobile device in front of a scanner on the countertop and scan the Starbucks Card Mobile App’s on-screen bar code to make a purchase.