Wal-Mart de Mexico June sales rise 5.3%
Mexico City – Walmex, Mexico’s largest retailer, reported Monday that same-store sales for the month of June rose 5.3%. Total sales in June jumped 15%.
The retailer opened 26 stores and restaurants in June, after announcing it was reducing planned store openings to between 325 and 335 this year from a previously announced 410 to 436 stores.
Kerr Drug names SVP store operations
RALEIGH, N.C. — Kerr Drug has promoted Mark Gregory to SVP store operations, effectively immediately, the regional retail pharmacy chain said Monday.
Gregory, who was previously VP pharmacy and government affairs, will report directly to president and CEO Anthony Civello. He also is the company’s privacy officer and chairman of its political action committee.
"Mark has extraordinary depth of intellect and experience in every facet of community pharmacy, from educational and legislative issues to operations and administrative policies," Civello said. "He has been a primary voice in the retail pharmacy landscape for decades and has made significant impact at the national level on a multitude of issues."
Gregory was a pharmacist for 11 years when he became manager of pharmacy systems and third-party programs at Pittsburgh-based Thrift Drug Co. He also served briefly in pharmacy operations at Eckerd following that company’s acquisition of Thrift Drug.
He also has served as president of the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists and as chairman of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ policy council and is currently chairman of the executive committee of the North Carolina Retail Merchants Association.
Asda selects Manhattan Associates solution to manage e-commerce business
New York – To help manage its rapidly growing e-commerce business, Walmart’s Asda division in the United Kingdom has selected multiple components of Manhattan Associates supply chain solutions portfolio known as Scope.
Asda Direct, the retailer’s general merchandise ecommerce operation, will deploy the supply chain solutions within several distribution centers across the United Kingdom and leverage the Manhattan Associates Supply Chain Process Platform.
“What we needed was a supply chain technology platform that would allow us to continue along the growth trajectory we’ve experienced in recent years,” said Paul Anastasiou, head of distribution for new business at Asda direct. “We also wanted a systems platform that would allow us to enhance the overall efficiency of our distribution processes and offer complete visibility of inventory throughout our operation. Finally we wanted a supply chain technology platform that could integrate with our core systems and support our growth and range expansion goals.”
Anastasiou said Asda chose Manhattan Associates because its systems met all of these requirements and the company’s people displayed an understanding of the Asda organization’s business challenges. The Manhattan technology will support a range of ordering and delivery options, which will extend as the deployment project progresses.
Asda Direct offers a wide range of general merchandise goods including electrical appliances, clothing, home furniture, toys, home entertainment products, garden and outdoor equipment and baby items. The business has experienced rapid growth in the four years since it was launched and further growth is expected in terms of sales and expansion of the product range, according to the company.
“While we will initially focus on deploying Manhattan’s Warehouse Management solution, the potential to implement additional, complementary, solutions from the Manhattan product suite, and what that gives us in terms of future flexibility and adaptability, was a big appeal to us,” said Rob Wilks, distribution systems manager.