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Woolworth Mexico’s deployment of RedPrairie solution wins logistics award

BY Staff Writer

Atlanta — RedPrairie Corp. announced that Grupo Comercial Control, parent company to Woolworth Mexico and other well-known retail brands, won Mexico’s annual National Award for Logistics for its successful implementation of a WMS integral strategy based on the RedPrairie Warehouse Management solution.

Grupo Comercial Control won the "Company" category and its COO was recognized with the "Executive" category for his lifetime professional accomplishments. Grupo Comercial Control was the first company to be recognized for this award in more than one category.

"We’d like to thank our logistics colleagues, Expologística, ASELDYT and CSCMP for recognizing our visionary spirit and groundbreaking implementation of the RedPrairie Warehouse Management solution," said Grupo Comercial Control’s COO Rodolfo Lopez Cerdán. "This project is a strategic initiative that has positioned us for continued growth and enabled us to better serve our customers across Mexico."

Owned by Grupo Comercial Control, Woolworth Mexico and Tiendas del Sol operate more than 70 retail stores in Mexico. The company leveraged Latin America IT consultancy Netlogistik to deploy RedPrairie Warehouse Management at its Mexico City and Monterrey distribution centers. The solution provides a unified platform that manages all of Woolworth Mexico’s supply chain operations and reduces logistics costs, while increasing efficiencies across receiving, warehousing and impressive 80% crossdock processes.

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GNC announces executive promotions

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Pittsburgh — GNC Holdings announced that it has made three promotions in its merchandising, marketing and store operations functions. The company also announced that David P. Berg has resigned, effective this September, from his position as COO to pursue other interests.

Thomas Dowd, a 22-year GNC veteran, has been promoted from executive VP store operations and development to executive VP chief merchandising officer, and general manager.

Jeffrey Hennion has been promoted from executive VP chief branding officer to executive VP and CMO.

Darryl Green has been promoted from senior VP domestic franchising to senior VP domestic store operations.

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Sleep retail vet named Mattress Giant exec

BY CSA STAFF

Specialty retailer Mattress Giant named industry veteran Mike Bookbinder as its new EVP merchandising and marketing. Bookbinder’s name is familiar to those in the world of sleep-related retail, as he spent 11 years with the New York-based Sleepy’s chain where he held various roles including EVP of sales and marketing. He also served as president of City Mattress in upstate New York and most recently was with mattress manufacturer King Koil where he served in a new business development role as SVP sales.

Mattress Giant operates 325 stores in 14 states and Bookbinder assumes responsibilities previously held by Dominick Azevedo who left the chain several months ago to become president and CEO of Advanced Sleep Concepts.

“Mike Bookbinder is an extremely talented executive who will be a terrific addition to our Mattress Giant team,” said Mattress Giant president and CEO Michael Glazer. “With his passion for the business and his experience in growing retail sales, I have no doubt he will quickly be a significant contributor to the growth and profitability of Mattress Giant.”

“I am very excited to become part of the Mattress Giant team. I look forward to returning to my retail roots and believe that my background will allow me to help Mattress Giant grow its business,” Bookbinder said.

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