OPERATIONS

Wal-Mart promotes Broader to new exec role in international division

BY Staff Writer

Bentonville, Ark. — Wal-Mart Stores announced the promotion of Shelley Broader, currently president and CEO of Walmart Canada, to executive VP, president and CEO of Walmart EMEA, effective June 1. In her new role, she will lead Walmart’s retail operations and oversee business development in Europe, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa and Canada and will report directly to David Cheesewright, president and CEO, Walmart International.

Wal-Mart will announce Broader’s successor at a later date. She will continue to have responsibility for the Canadian market — along with Europe, the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa — until her successor is in place.

Broader joined Walmart Canada as chief merchandising officer in December 2010 and was promoted to president and CEO of Walmart Canada in September 2011. She joined Walmart with more than 20 years of leadership experience across the North American retail industry, which included key leadership roles with retailers Michael’s and Hannaford Bros.

"Shelley has been a strong leader since joining Walmart Canada and is the ideal person to leverage the tremendous potential the EMEA region holds for our company," said Cheesewright. "Shelley’s leadership of our business in Canada during a time of increased competition underscores her knowledge of the retail environment which will serve her well in her new role."

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REAL ESTATE

Stater Bros. announces two locations

BY Staff Writer

San Bernardino, California — Plans are well underway to open two new state-of-the-art "Blue Ribbon" Stater Bros. Supermarkets in California, with one in Covina (Los Angeles County) and the other in Menifee (Riverside County).

"These two stores are a major investment in Southern California, which Stater Bros. has served for over 78 years," stated Jack H. Brown, chairman and CEO of Stater Bros. "We want to thank our loyal customers for making it possible for us to continue to grow and serve even more families year after year."

Stater Bros. has entered into an agreement to occupy the former Albertsons Supermarket in Covina. It will be the 26th Stater Bros. Supermarket in Los Angeles County. The 42,390 sq. ft. supermarket will subsequently undergo a complete remodel and reopen as a "Blue Ribbon" Stater Bros. Supermarket by yearend

In Menifee, Stater Bros. will be building a 44,000-sq.-ft. "Blue Ribbon" Stater Bros. Supermarket. It will be the third location for Stater Bros. in the city of Menifee.

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SUPPLY CHAIN

Panjiva: U.S. imports rise in April

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York – Imports to the U.S. were up in April from March. According to data from supply chain research firm Panjiva, April 2014 showed levels of imports that were 9% higher than imports in April 2013. The numbers of these shipments coming into the U.S. changed 11% from March 2014 to April 2014.

The number of global manufacturers shipping to the U.S. increased in April, as well, with a 10% change from March to April. April numbers continued a positive trend begun in March. In line with previous years, Panjiva reported an import increase from February, into March and into April. An increase in the number of active suppliers drove the increased imports, with active suppliers up 10% in April from March.

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