Town Shoes pilots solution from Jesta
New York City — Jesta I.S. announced that shoe retailer Town Shoes Ltd. has implemented Jesta’s Vision Suite in a pilot store. The Canadian chain is using Jesta’s Vision Mobile-Operations module to complete “in-the-aisle” stock transfers for improved customer service.
“The deployment of Vision Mobile Operations in our stores represents a key component in our joint customer service and process improvement strategy. This solution will enable Town Shoes to respond in real time to our clients’ needs while at the same time improving store and inventory productivity” stated Peter Gerhardt, CFO, Town Shoes Ltd.
Vision Mobile-Operations is designed to deliver improved productivity in both stores and head-offices for retailers and increases field productivity for wholesalers and brand manufacturers by enabling support for field service transactions and orders in a real-time environment. It also allows consumers to browse retailer product catalogues, create gift registries and wish-lists, publish product feedback via social media and ultimately submit product order requests for fulfillment via integrated online portals.
Kroger features employee breast cancer survivors in new campaign
CINCINNATI — Kroger has committed $3 million in donations for local breast cancer initiatives across the country to support National Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, the grocer announced Monday.
"We are honored that so many of our courageous associates are willing to share their experiences as breast cancer survivors," stated David Dillon, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. "Their inspirational stories educate and encourage others to better care for each other and their own health."
For example, Missy Veeder, who works in retail merchandising for the company’s Ralphs division in Southern California, is featured this year on packages of Kraft shredded cheese. "Talk to other women who have been there, talk to other women that may have just been diagnosed. Every woman who has been in those shoes can give you some wisdom that might be what you need to hear," Veeder said.
Veeder’s inspirational story and others also can be found at SharingCourage.com, an interactive website dedicated to raising breast cancer awareness.
The company’s annual Giving Hope a Hand campaign kicked off in stores on Sunday, Sept. 25, and features 53 Kroger associates who are breast cancer survivors on marketing materials and custom packages of national-brand and Kroger-brand products. These women share their survivor stories on the packaging of select items sold exclusively in Kroger’s family of stores.
Kroger’s campaign features a store-wide sales promotion of popular items, many of which will feature exclusive, specially marked pink packaging. This year, 1,600 items, including Kroger’s own products and popular items from such Kroger partners as General Mills, Kellogg’s, Kimberly Clark, Kraft, Pepsi, Procter & Gamble, Purina and SC Johnson will be marked with special shelf tags to highlight participation.
At the end of this year, Kroger will have donated more than $18 million to support breast cancer research, education and services since Giving Hope a Hand began in 2006.
Safeway appoints chief medical officer
PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway has appointed Kent Bradley as its new chief medical officer.
In his new role, Bradley will be responsible for developing and guiding the company’s extensive portfolio of health care programs including its employee and consumer wellness and prevention activities. Additionally, Bradley also will assist Safeway’s Safeway Health subsidiary on a range of business initiatives, the company said. He will report to Safeway EVP and Safeway Health president Larree Renda.
Prior to joining Safeway, Bradley had a career in the U.S. Army, where he earned the rank of colonel and served in a wide of range assignments, including chief medical officer from the Infantry Division level to CMO-executive director for Tricare-Europe, which supported more than 250,000 Department of Defense beneficiaries in more than 95 countries throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Prior to that, Bradley served in Iraq as deputy commander of the 30th Medical Brigade.
"We are pleased and honored to have someone of Dr. Bradley’s caliber and reputation joining the Safeway team," Safeway chairman, president and CEO Steve Burd said. "His well-recognized expertise in health and wellness and his proven track record leading large groups of professionals in a range of challenging settings will bring immediate and important benefits to our company."