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Whole Foods Names Senior Global VP

BY CSA STAFF

Austin, Texas Whole Foods Market promoted its Southern Pacific regional president, Michael Besancon, to the newly created position of senior global VP of purchasing, distribution and marketing for the company. Besancon will be responsible for leading the development and execution of strategies for procurement, distribution and marketing of products.

Besancon began working at Whole Foods Market in 1994 when he joined the team as director of purchasing for the Southern Pacific region. He worked his way up serving in various roles, and became president of the Southern Pacific region in 2001.

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Report: Marketside to open on Oct. 4

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PHOENIX According to reports, Wal-Mart will open its Marketside stores in the Phoenix area on Oct. 4.

Finishing touches were added to the four stores in the Phoenix area with signs announcing the opening date, which is less than a year after Tesco’s Fresh & Easy stores arrived in the Southwest.

In signs announcing the opening, no mention of the parent company Wal-Mart is made. Instead the signs read: “Marketside. Recommended by food critics and financial planners. Come shop with us.”

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Amazon MP3 store to be pre-loaded on T-Mobile phone

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SEATTLE Amazon.com has announced that the Amazon MP3 music store will be pre-loaded on the T-Mobile G1, the world’s first Android-powered mobile phone in partnership with Google. T-Mobile G1 users can search, download, buy and play music from Amazon MP3, which offers over 6 million DRM-free MP3 songs from all four major music labels and thousands of independent labels that can be played on virtually any hardware device and managed with any music software.

“Amazon wants to make it easy for customers to discover, buy, and play their music wherever they happen to be–whether sitting at their computer or on the go,” said Bill Carr, Amazon.com vp for digital music and video. “We look forward to the release of the T-Mobile G1, which will put Amazon MP3’s vast selection of low-priced DRM-free music at the fingertips of even more customers in more places.”

Downloading music from Amazon MP3 using the T-Mobile G1 requires a Wi-Fi connection but searching, browsing, listening to samples and buying MP3s can be done wherever customers are connected to the T-Mobile network. Downloaded MP3s can be played anytime on the T-Mobile G1, PCs, Macs or any other MP3 music player.

The T-Mobile G1 is the world’s first Android-powered mobile phone in an exclusive partnership with Google. The T-Mobile G1 combines full touch-screen functionality and a QWERTY keyboard with a mobile Web experience that includes the popular Google services that millions have enjoyed on the desktop, including Google Maps with StreetView, Gmail, YouTube and others.

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