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Wal-Mart Cuts Back on Weekly Managers’ Meetings

BY CSA STAFF

Bentonville, Ark. Wal-Mart Stores is doing away with one of its long-standing legacies—its weekly Saturday morning managers’ meeting, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Dating back to Wal-Mart’s earliest days, company managers have gathered on Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in Bentonville, Ark., to talk over business results and swap merchandising tips.

Despite complaints over the years about the early morning timing, Wal-Mart has required managers at its headquarters to attend two meetings a month, staggering attendance to fit the employees into its headquarters auditorium.

Wal-Mart said it will cut back the Saturday staff meetings to once a month starting in March, for the sake of efficiency, the report said.

The meetings will be broadcast on its closed-circuit network to allow those outside Bentonville to view the events.

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Bass joins Tractor Supply board of directors

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. Tractor Supply Company today announced that William Bass has been appointed to the company’s board of directors.

Bass co-founded and currently serves as ceo for Fair Indigo, a direct response men’s and women’s apparel retailer formed on the premise of “fair trade.” Prior to that, he held several management positions with Sears, Roebuck & Company and was responsible for leading the e- commerce initiatives for Sears Customer Direct and Lands’ End, where he grew landsend.com from $60 million in annual sales to more than $550 million.

Jim Wright, chairman, president and ceo, stated, “We are very pleased Bill is joining Tractor Supply’s board of directors. His extensive retail knowledge coupled with his proven success in both e-commerce and merchandising provides additional strength and broadens the expertise of our board. Additionally, Bill’s leadership experience and entrepreneurial spirit will be valuable assets to Tractor Supply as we continue to grow our business.”

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Nintendo names new Latin America head

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REDMOND, Wash. Nintendo of America announced the appointment of Bill Van Zyll as director and general manager of Latin America, effective immediately.

Van Zyll heads Nintendo of America’s Latin America department, which is responsible for the creation, direction and implementation of short- and long-term sales, marketing, and operational strategies for Latin America.

Before joining Nintendo, Van Zyll was with Whirlpool for more than 15 years, where for the past four years he has served as director of finance for sales for the company’s North American region.

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