OPERATIONS

Walmart uses online push to launch three Black Friday events on Thanksgiving

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Bentonville, Ark. — Wal-Mart Stores said Thursday that it will kick off the holiday season at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving with three Black Friday sale events.

Black Friday circulars were released Thursday via Facebook and walmart.com to promote the early savings, which include specials on electronics and toys.

"Our customers told us they would rather stay up late to shop than get up early, so we’re going to hold special events on Thanksgiving and Black Friday," said Duncan Mac Naughton, chief merchandising officer, Walmart U.S.

The retailer has created store-specific maps accessible on Facebook to help shoppers locate products.

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FINANCE

PriceSmart’s Q4 profit dips 4%

BY Katherine Boccaccio

San Diego — PriceSmart Inc. reported Thursday that profit for the fourth quarter dipped 4% to $12.7 million from $13.2 million a year earlier, as higher costs offset stronger sales.

The wholesale club operator’s total revenue surged 22% to $447.4 million. Same-store sales rose nearly 19% in October.

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VF names successor to long-time supply chain leader

BY Staff Writer

Greensboro, N.C. — VF Corp. said Thursday that Tom Glaser, VP global operations, will succeed Boyd Rogers as VP of VF and president supply chain, effective Jan. 1.

Rogers is retiring from the company, effective Dec. 31, after 40 years of service.

Glaser will assume responsibility for VF’s global supply chain, including all manufacturing and sourcing operations.

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