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Dollar General CEO delivers keynote address at RILA conference

BY Allison Cerra

ORLANDO, Fla. The Retail Industry Leaders Association’s 2010 Logistics Conference kicked off Monday with a keynote address delivered by Dollar General chairman and CEO Rick Dreiling.

Dreiling shared his perspective with attendees on the crucial role of the supply chain in retail operations today as customers, employees, investors and suppliers are coping with the uncertainty of a strained economy and legislative and regulatory overhauls, RILA said. Dreiling, who joined Dollar General in January 2008 as CEO and was named chairman of the board in December 2008, spearheaded the company’s reemergence as a public company through a successful initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange on Nov. 13, 2009.

“Rick Dreiling opened the day with a compelling dialogue and inside look at the substantial impact and competitive edge that strategic investments and process improvements in supply chain can have for retailers in this challenging economic climate,” said RILA president Sandy Kennedy.

RILA’s 2010 Logistics Conference is being held at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

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Stop & Shop, Giant Food donate to earthquake relief in Haiti

BY Allison Cerra

QUINCY, Mass. Ahold USA-owned chains Stop & Shop and Giant Food announced they have raised a combined total of more than $900,000 for earthquake relief in Haiti.

Stop & Shop customers and associates raised $724,792, while Giant Food donated $201,186. All of the funds will be donated to the American Red Cross International Response Fund for Haiti earthquake relief efforts.

The chains coordinated the fundraising drive at all of their stores between Jan. 16 and Jan. 31.

“Due to the extent of the catastrophe, we felt we needed to do as much as we could to help with the relief efforts by giving our associates and customers an easy way to contribute to earthquake victims,” the retail chains said in a release. “Our friends, neighbors and customers have been impacted by this disaster. Giant Food is proud that our customers and associates rallied around these efforts. Our contribution will help the Red Cross provide support to the hundreds of thousands of Haitians impacted by this tragedy.”

Giant Food, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 180 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, while Stop & Shop operates stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New York, and New Jersey.

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Jewel-Osco changes management structure

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK Supervalu-owned grocery chain Jewel-Osco will cut 110 store directors as part of a management structure overhaul, according to published reports.

The grocery chain is doing the realignment to “become more efficient and competitive in the marketplace,” said company spokeswoman Karen May. “Historically, Jewel-Osco has operated its retail locations with two store directors, one to manage the Jewel food side of the business and another to handle Osco drug operations. The company will move to a new structure in which the standard will include a single store director who is responsible for the entire store operation.”

Jewel-Osco operates 185 stores in Illinois, Iowa and Indiana.

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