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Total Wine & More teams with Opterus for store ops solution

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Toronto, Ontario — Web-based task management and store communications provider Opterus said Tuesday that Total Wine & More has implemented Opterus Store Ops-Center to manage tasks and projects and to obtain valuable feedback from their stores.

“We wanted a solution that offered one location for stores to get their list of tasks/projects that needed to be executed by a particular date,” said Colleen Matijasick, manager of communications for Total Wine & More. “We also wanted to find a task management solution to capture all the information accurately and in real-time.”

Store Ops-Center is an on-demand, web-based retail portal designed to communicate corporate policy, day-to-day objectives and tasks, and handle issues between the corporate office and store locations.

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Jo-Ann increases holiday hiring

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Hudson, Ohio — Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores said Monday it will increase its work force by more than 15% for the holiday season.

Tom Williams, senior VP human resources for Jo-Ann, announced the company has begun the seasonal recruiting process and will hire more than 3,000 additional employees before the holidays.

The company attributes the seasonal hiring to anticipation of increased traffic in stores through the holiday season.

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Walgreens names exec additions to pharmacy, health and wellness division

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Deerfield, Ill. — Walgreen Co. said Tuesday it has added two executives to its pharmacy, health and wellness division.

Dr. Jeffrey Kang will join the company on Oct. 31 as senior VP health and wellness services and solutions.

In addition, Mike Ellis has joined Walgreens as VP specialty pharmacy and infusion.

Most recently, Kang was chief medical officer at CIGNA. Ellis has served as senior VP specialty trade relations and contracting and pharmaceutical services for CVS Caremark.

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