Walgreens fills vacancy in photo dept.
Deerfield, Ill. Filling a void created by the departure last month of merchandising guru Chong Bang, Walgreens said Monday it has promoted Mona Kelly to general merchandise manager in charge of photo and front-end services.
Kelly joined Walgreens in 2005 as divisional merchandise manager of photo operations, and saw her role expanded in October 2008 to include oversight of Walgreens’ front-end services department. In February 2009, she was given additional responsibility for gift cards, prepaid phone cards, cameras, film and digital media.
Prior to joining Walgreens, Kelly was VP photo at Eckerd Drug. According to Walgreens spokesperson Tiffani Washington, “Kelly has 35 years of experience in the photo industry in both operations and merchandising.”
As previously reported, her predecessor in photo and front-end management, Chong Bang, left the company in mid-December — after spearheading the creation and launch of Walgreens’ sweeping Customer Centric Retailing (CCR) initiative — to join Shoppers Drug Mart as senior VP merchandising. His replacement as VP of CCR is 20-year company veteran Mike Arnoult.
At Shoppers, Bang reports to Mary Kelly, Shoppers’ executive VP merchandising and category management. Kelly, the former head of pharmacy and healthcare merchandising at Target, joined Shoppers in early 2009.
Safeway launches effort to provide Haiti earthquake relief
PLEASANTON, Calif. Safeway announced that it has launched a companywide initiative to provide humanitarian relief for people impacted by the Haiti earthquake.
The Safeway Foundation will make an initial contribution of $100,000 to the American Red Cross and UNICEF, two organizations at the forefront of the earthquake disaster relief mission. The company’s stores throughout the U.S. and Canada will immediately begin collecting donations for Haiti Disaster Relief through a checkstand program. In addition, Safeway’s corporate offices and other non-store facilities will conduct employee fundraisers so the company’s entire work force can contribute to this effort.
“The people of Haiti are in need of clean water, safe shelter and the basic necessities of life. We know by experience that our customers will want to help in any way they can which will undoubtedly save lives and provide hope amid this tragedy,” said Safeway EVP, Larree Renda.
Food Network star launches cookware line for Target
MINNEAPOLIS Target is introducing an exclusive line of cookware from Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis. The Giada De Laurentiis for Target line will be available at all Target stores and Target.com starting this month.
“Our guests want kitchen gear that makes their daily cooking easier and more enjoyable, and Giada’s collection delivers,” said Kathee Tesija, EVP merchandising for Target. “We combined our design expertise with Giada’s culinary background to create a product collection that pairs utility with great design and affordability.”
Included in the collection are items such as a 4-qt. deep saute pan, 6-piece ceramic bakeware gift set and a versatile 2-block cutlery set. Food products include five pasta varieties, three types of pasta sauces, fresh pesto, light vinaigrettes and rich coffee blends. Small appliance offerings include a gourmet stainless steel panini grill, and the assortment also features favorite accessories, such as brightly colored aprons.
De Laurentiis’ versatile designs for Target will be accessible to a wide audience with prices ranging from $6.99 for a nylon spoon with stainless-steel handle, to $199.99 for a 10-piece Tri Ply Clad cookset that includes an 8″ and 9.5″ open saute pans, 1-qt., 2-qt., and 3-qt. sauce pans with lids, and 5-qt. Dutch oven with lid.
De Laurentiis will also serve as a spokesperson for the wide selection of affordable groceries at Target and SuperTarget stores.