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Tesco scores big with virtual grocery stores in subway stations in South Korea

BY Marianne Wilson

New York City — British retail giant Tesco Ltd. has broken new ground, creating virtual stores in subway stations in Seoul, South Korea, as a way to make grocery shopping more convenient for the city’s busy urban residents. Tesco launched the unique venture for its Homeplus chain, which operates 115 stores in South Korea. The virtual stores were created by Cheil Worldwide of Korea.

The product-less stores consist of photo images of grocery shelves and fresh and perishable food cases, which are designed to look just like those inside of a freestanding store. Shoppers walk up to the virtual store shelves, select what products they want to buy and then scan the product’s QR code with their smartphone. Once the QR code is scanned, the item goes into the shopper’s online grocery cart. Once the shopping is completed, the shopper requests a time for the groceries to be delivered. Click here to watch a video of how the store was created.

According to reports, the virtual grocery store has attracted more than 10,000 new customers and boosted Home Plus’s online sales by 130%. Tesco’s Homeplus is looking for other similar venues in South Korea to put the virtual stores.

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People moves in logistics land

BY CSA STAFF

Greatwide Logistics named a new CEO, and YRC Worldwide named a new SVP on Monday.

Greatwide said John Tague would serve as CEO, replacing Leo Suggs who is retiring, but will continue to serve as chairman. Tague previously served as president of United Airlines and also held the position of COO and chief revenue office during his eight years with the airline.

“As the former president of United Airlines, John Tague brings successful experience managing and growing a large, sophisticated logistics operation. Greatwide’s customers will benefit from John’s expertise as the company expands its leadership position in the logistics industry,” Suggs said.

Greatwide is one of the nation’s largest third party logistics providers and the largest provider of dedicated refrigerated transportation in the United States.

In other logistics news, YRC Worldwide said it named Christopher Wren as SVP and treasurer. Wren joins the provider of transportation and global logistics services from the consulting firm Power I.T. where he served as president. Prior to that he held the role of VP of corporate development for H&R Block.

“(Wren’s) expertise in operations, technology and legal, along with his proven ability to quickly develop strategic relationships, see the big picture and provide effective solutions makes him a perfect choice for this position,” said Bill Trubeck, interim executive vice president and CFO of YRC.

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Cal-Maine Foods names VP operations

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JACKSON, Miss. — Cal-Maine Foods announced that the company has named Todd Walters VP operations, effective July 11. Walters will have responsibility for all of Cal-Maine Foods’ production and processing facilities located in Texas.

Walters has been employed with Cal-Maine Foods since 1997. He most recently served as the general manager for Cal-Maine Foods’ facilities in Rossburg and Union City, Ohio. Previously Walters served as the general manager of the company’s Albuquerque, New Mexico, operation and has been in management positions at the Company’s Chase, Kansas, and Edwards, Mississippi, operations.

Cal-Maine Foods is primarily engaged in the production, grading, packing and sale of fresh shell eggs, including conventional, cage-free, organic and nutritionally-enhanced eggs. The company, which is headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, currently is the largest producer and distributor of fresh shell eggs in the United States and sells the majority of its shell eggs in approximately 29 states across the Southwestern, Southeastern, Mid-western and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States.

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