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Ahold USA begins search for new Peapod president

BY Michael Johnsen

CARLISLE, Pa. — Ahold USA on Friday announced the departure of Jennifer Carr-Smith as president of Peapod, effective Sept. 15. Carr-Smith has decided to resign from the company for another opportunity.

Walt Lentz, head of supply chain strategy & operations for Peapod, will oversee the operations of Peapod on an interim basis until a permanent replacement is named.

“We wish Jennifer well and thank her for her leadership at Peapod over the past two years, during which time she helped to further its goal of innovating and providing customers with convenience, value and an unparalleled shopping experience,” stated Kevin Holt, COO, Ahold USA. “I am confident that Walt’s strong leadership will move Peapod forward during the transition.”

Peapod is America’s leading online grocer with over 40 million orders delivered to date.

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Kroger names new Michigan division president

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI — Kroger on Tuesday announced the retirement of Michigan division president Jayne Homco, and the promotion of Scott Hays to succeed her. Hays currently serves as VP operations for the company's Fry's division.

Homco will retire from the company after 42 years of distinguished service, effective Sept. 30. Hays succeeds Homco as president of the Michigan division, effective Oct. 1.

"In her more than 40 years with Kroger, Jayne has touched the lives of countless customers and associates, and her dedication to the community – especially her work with feeding the hungry, education and women's health – has been an example to us all," stated Rodney McMullen, Kroger's chairman and CEO. "We are grateful for Jayne's many contributions over the years and wish her and her family the best in retirement," he said.

"Scott has been a tremendous asset to Kroger since coming on board earlier this year," McMullen added. "His dedicated leadership is best exemplified by his passion for supporting our associates and customers."

Hays joined Kroger in April 2017 in his current role. He came to Kroger from Albertson's, where he began his grocery career in 1983 as a grocery clerk in Provo, Utah. He was promoted to a store director and then held positions of increasing responsibility throughout Albertson's footprint, including district manager, area VP and division VP leading the company's San Antonio division. He played an integral role in the development of the Texas and Louisiana markets for Albertson's. He also served as VP operations for Jewel Osco in the Chicagoland market and most recently was the division president for Albertson's Dallas-Fort Worth market.
 

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Harris Teeter supports United Way through donation card campaign

BY Michael Johnsen

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Harris Teeter on Wednesday launched a donation card campaign to support United Way. From Aug. 30, 2017 through Sept. 29, 2017, Harris Teeter customers will be invited to make a $1, $3 or $5 donation to United Way at checkout.  

In 2016, Harris Teeter raised more than $458,000 for local United Way chapters as part of this campaign.  

“Harris Teeter has a long-standing relationship with the United Way, and we are proud to lend them our support again this year,” stated Danna Robinson, communication manager for Harris Teeter.  “We are so thankful for the participation of our valued associates and loyal shoppers in helping us to raise funds and awareness for our local communities.”

United Way’s network of partners works collaboratively to provide comprehensive and coordinated services to achieve the best possible result. Education programs support early childhood literacy, tutoring initiatives, mentoring, and family support initiatives that provide important life navigation for students and their families.

All funds collected at checkout will remain local, as donations are given to the United Way chapter in the community nearest to the Harris Teeter at which the money was donated.

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