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Verizon partners with Tesco to transform global opportunities

BY Staff Writer

London — Verizon is migrating Tesco to a single global network infrastructure, which will underpin Tesco’s ongoing application and infrastructure centralization program.

Verizon is providing secure connectivity to link Tesco’s suppliers, partners, customers and colleagues in 12 countries around the globe. Importantly, the new network infrastructure also offers a solid foundation from which Tesco can consistently deliver key business applications to all stakeholders. This will enable Tesco to roll out new technologies and services more quickly and effectively, while also achieving significant cost efficiencies.

Verizon’s technical expertise is a key enabler for Tesco’s global transformation, which aims to connect customers to quality products, affordably and conveniently; connect producers and suppliers to new markets, at home and abroad; and connect its business to its communities and help address social challenges.

Tomas Kadlec, group infrastructure IT director at Tesco Stores Limited, said: “Verizon is helping us to consolidate, centralize and converge our infrastructure across the world. This marks a step change for Tesco in terms of both security and managed networked services. The cutover to the Verizon network has gone exceptionally well, accordingly to plan and within the agreed framework.”

Mike McNamara, Tesco’s chief information officer, added: “Verizon has the scope and expertise to help us deliver on our vision wherever we are around the globe. Whether in our stores, online, or on the move, we need our infrastructure to support our business goals. Verizon combines technology innovation with pragmatic application to help us build solutions for today, and platforms to support the future of retail. We are looking forward to delivering the results of this collaboration to our stakeholders around the globe.”

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Jewel-Osco president to retire

BY Antoinette Alexander

CHICAGO — Jewel-Osco president William Emmons is retiring less than a year after taking the helm at the grocery chain, which is now part of New Albertsons Inc., according to a Chicago Tribute report.

The Chicago grocer has tapped Jim Rice, who has served as VP of operations since August, to take the reins on a interim basis, the Chicago Tribute reported. Rice has worked for Albertsons for more than 35 years.

Rice began his career as a part-time associate with the goal to become a store director, which he achieved in Southern California in 1986. From there, he was promoted to district manager in both Florida and Las Vegas, roles which prepared him to be VP of the Northern California division and later the president of the Southwest division.

In February 2013, it was announced that Emmons would head Jewel-Osco. Emmons was formerly president of the southern division and returned to the company following his 2010 retirement. He began working at Albertsons in 1971.

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Two senators ask Target CEO for more information on data breach

BY Marianne Wilson

Washington, D.C. — Two U.S. senators have written to Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel seeking "detailed information” on the data breach that occurred during the holiday shopping season, Reuters reported.

"We ask that Target’s information-security officials provide a briefing to committee staff regarding your company’s investigation and latest findings,” John Rockefeller, chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, and Claire McCaskill, chair of the Commerce subcommittee on consumer protection, wrote to Steinhafel.

The Democratic senators’ Jan. 10 letter to Steinhafel was released on Tuesday.

"We have received the chairmen’s letter and are continuing to work with them and other elected officials to keep them informed and updated as our investigation continues," Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder said in an email to Reuters.

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