Target has appointed Jeff Burt to lead its grocery business, effective, April 10. He joins the Minneapolis-based retailer after 30 years at Kroger.
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Kroger promotes president of Columbus division to lead Fred Meyer while Fred Meyer's current VP merchandising will assume command at Kroger's Columbus division.
Kroger is developing a $60 million distribution center in Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Business Courier reported Tuesday. “More than 8.5 million customers shop in our stores every day and our goal is to always have our shelves stocked with the variety and selection our shoppers want,” stated Frank Bruni, VP supply chain and logistics, Kroger. “The new facility will help our logistics team to improve lead times and drive efficiencies for our stores and ultimately our customers.” (Cincinnati Business Courier)
Looking to 2017, Kroger anticipates identical supermarket sales, excluding fuel, to range from flat to 1% growth.
Larry Arnold joined the retailer in 1953, just prior to his 16th birthday.
Kroger is minimizing wait times at the pharmacy counter through an advanced video-management system, Chris Hjelm, Kroger’s chief information officer, told The Wall Street Journal in an interview published Monday. "We’re running a pilot to do service queuing for the pharmacy," he told The Journal. "It isn’t like everybody stands in a nice line, like they do at checkout. People come from the left side, they come from the right side. We can use video to not only detect how many are there but how long they’ve been waiting. If you’re a pharmacist, your head is down at the computer, working. We can alert you right on your display that you’ve got a customer who’s been waiting for 60 seconds and no one’s talked to them yet." (The Wall Street Journal)
Target, J&J, Pfizer, Ahold USA and Cardinal Health also make Omni50, a listing of the top 50 corporate and government buyers of products and services from an inclusive supply chain throughout the country.
Kroger subsidiary has launched this service at 215 of its clinics located inside select Kroger, Dillons, Fry’s, Jay C and King Soopers in 10 states.
As part of the month-long promotion, Kroger Pharmacies will offer personalized blood-pressure and cholesterol screenings at no cost.