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Walmart Canada names Delhaize Group exec as president, CEO

BY Marianne Wilson

Mississauga, Ontario — Walmart Canada has appointed an executive from Delhaize Group, Dirk Van den Berghe, as president and CEO, effective Aug. 1.

Van den Berghe, who has 30 years of international business experience, most recently served as CEO of Delhaize’s Belgium and Luxembourg operations. His appointment at Walmart was seen as a way for the discounter to strengthen its grocery business in Canada.

He succeeds Shelley Broader, who was recently promoted to president and CEO of Wal-Mart’s EMEA Region which encompasses its operations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Canada.

“Under Dirk’s leadership, Delhaize has been successful in several countries, and his vast experience will allow us to strengthen our growing food business in Canada and complements our highly successful general merchandise operation,” Broader stated. “One of Walmart’s greatest strengths is having exceptional leaders to drive our continued growth, and Dirk is a prime example of this talent.”

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SAP report: Top IT Trends in Retail

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Four broad IT trends — Big Data, social media, seamless retailing and disruptive technologies — are transforming the way retailers conduct business and engage with consumers, according to a new study by SAP.

The study notes that the four trends all share a common theme: Retailers need to understand their customers more intimately than ever before.

To read the full report, which includes overviews and analysis of each key trend, http://chainstoreage.com/confirmation-top-it-trends-retailchainstoreage.com/confirmation-top-it-trends-retail.

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Rent-A-Center names VP of omnichannel

BY Staff Writer

Plano, Texas — Reporting to Joel Mussat, executive VP and chief omnichannel officer, Rent-A-Center, Ian Cohen has been charged with working cross-functionally to create a seamless approach to the consumer experience across a variety of shopping channels. His responsibilities include the design, development, and implementation of a digital-commerce solution that ensures customer demands are met.

Ian brings over 13 years of experience developing and executing digital omni-channel strategies and implementing e-commerce solutions for brands such as Michael Kors, Coach, Kellogg, J Crew, Victoria’s Secret, Disney, American Express, AT&T Wireless, The New York Times, Sprint and Verizon Wireless.

“Ian brings a wealth of knowledge to a key role,” said Mussat. “His expertise is certain to pay dividends as we strive to better meet the demands of today’s consumers.”

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