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Dollar General president to retire

BY Michael Johnsen

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. Dollar General earlier this week announced that David Bere, its president and chief strategy officer, has decided to retire at the end of the company’s current fiscal year — Jan. 29. Dollar General does not intend to replace Bere at this time. Rick Dreiling, chairman and CEO, will assume the duties of president. Bere took the helm at Dollar General as president in the fall of 2006 and as interim CEO in July 2007. Before that, he served on the company’s board of directors, a position he held since early 2002.

“[Bere] helped lead the company through times of tremendous change and growth,” Dreiling stated. “He has been an invaluable friend and partner to me since I joined the company. We all wish [Bere] and his family the best in his retirement.”

During his career, Bere led a number of companies, including Bakery Chef, McCain Foods USA and at the Quaker Oats Company, where he climbed the ranks for 17 years and became the president of the breakfast division and the Golden Grain Division.

Bere will continue to serve on the board of directors of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

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NCR survey provides insight for retailers regarding consumers’ use of social media

BY Allison Cerra

DULUTH, Ga. Shoppers are looking for enhanced personalization and more choices in how they interact with retailers through social media, according to a recent survey conducted by global technology company NCR.

The NCR survey polled more than 400,000 consumers regarding their experiences with social media and how retailers can better serve their needs.

“Social media is an exciting way for retailers to engage customers and build communities of interest around their brand,” said Sundeep Kapur, director, strategic marketing, NCR Corp. “The survey results demonstrate that retailers who present a holistic understanding of their customers and deliver more personalized, relevant offers through social media can open new revenue channels and see a greater return on investment through social media.”

In response to this, NCR, through its Aptra eMarketing initiative, optimizes the way businesses communicate with their customers and clients by controlling the relevance, personalization and timing of marketing messages via a specific choice of medium.

NCR Aptra eMarketing was presented at the National Retail Federation tradeshow earlier this week.

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Researchers find key to chemotherapy resistance in lung cancer patients

BY Alaric DeArment

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Researchers in Arizona have found a way to predict which patients might be resistant to first-line chemotherapy in the treatment of small-cell lung cancer, calling their findings a breakthrough in the treatment of lung cancer.

Of the 32,000 cases of SCLC patients diagnosed each year in the United States, between 15% and 30% are resistant to the treatment, a condition known as chemoresistance.

The researchers, at TGen Clinical Research Services at Scottsdale Healthcare looked at tumor microRNAs, molecules that regulate gene expression in the process of making proteins and directing the structure and function of cells, a process that usually prevents cancer, finding three that appeared to predict which patients would be chemoresistant. The researchers hope the findings will go toward developing better clinical drug trials.

“For patients with small-cell lung cancer, there are really only about two chemotherapy options,” researcher Glen Weiss said in a statement. “We need to be more precise with our treatments and identify who is going to be resistant up front in order to design better clinical trials that will identify effective therapies for these at-risk patients.”

The researchers plan to present their findings at a joint conference of the American Association for Cancer Research and the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer in San Diego.

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