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Dollar Tree adds ‘president’ to COO’s title

BY Michael Johnsen

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Dollar Tree on Monday announced the promotion of Gary Philbin, 56, to the position of president and COO. He has served as COO since 2007.

"I am thrilled to have Gary assume this new role," stated Bob Sasser, Dollar Tree CEO. "As chief operating officer, he has demonstrated outstanding leadership and superb business judgment, and he has been a major contributor to our growth and success. Among his many notable achievements are the improvement of Dollar Tree customer satisfaction and shopping experience and the integration of our Canadian stores," he said. "We have a concept that customers love, a vision of where we want to go and the people, infrastructure and capital to take us there. Gary will provide experienced leadership as we continue with the profitable expansion of our business."

Philbin holds a bachelor’s degree from Miami University and received an MBA from Xavier University. After a 30-year career in the retail grocery industry, where he held senior-level positions in both merchandising and operations, Philbin joined Dollar Tree as SVP stores in December of 2001. 

 

 

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Reports: Amazon may expand fresh foods, lockers

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Amazon is looking to expand its grocery-delivery and locker businesses, according to published reports.

The Seattle Times reported Monday that the online retailer had quietly expanded its AmazonFresh service in Los Angeles and would add service in San Francisco later this year, following a six-year pilot in Seattle, where Amazon is based. According to the Times, Amazon is looking to maximize its business if it has to collect state sales taxes; the company is supporting legislation to overturn a 1992 Supreme Court ruling forbidding Internet retailers to collect state sales taxes unless they have physical operations within the state.

The company may also be expanding its drop boxes, called Amazon Lockers, which it has been testing for a few years now. The lockers allow customers to have their goods delivered there instead of to their homes.

 

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Nature Valley introduces Oatmeal Squares and Protein Granola products

BY Jason Owen

MINNEAPOLIS — Today, Nature Valley announced two new products: Nature Valley Soft-Baked Oatmeal Squares and Nature Valley Protein Granola.

"Consumers have been asking for different variations of our classic Nature Valley granola bars for years. First, we responded with different flavor and texture combinations — from sweet and salty, to nuts and fruit," said Michelle Peterson, associate marketing director for Nature Valley. "Now, we’re tackling new product lines that consumers have been asking for and that complement our core business as the creator of the granola bar category."

New Nature Valley Soft-Baked Oatmeal Squares are made with 100% natural whole grain oats and are soft-baked. Each square contains 12 g to 16 g of whole grains and is 160 calories or less, making it a good morning snack to pair with coffee, tea or juice. Available in two flavors — Peanut Butter and Cinnamon Brown Sugar — Nature Valley Soft-Baked Oatmeal Squares are now available at retailers nationwide with a suggested retail price of $3.89 for a six-bar box.

New Nature Valley Protein Granola is made with natural ingredients, and each serving contains 10 g of protein and at least 23 g of whole grain. Nature Valley Protein Granola can be sprinkled on yogurt, enjoyed with milk or used to satisfy mid-day cravings. The product is available in two varieties — Oats ‘n Honey and Oats ‘n Dark Chocolate — with a SRP of $4.49 for an 11 oz bag and can be found in the granola aisle at retailers nationwide.


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