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Family Dollar names EVP of supply chain

BY Antoinette Alexander

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Family Dollar Stores has named Jeffrey Macak as EVP supply chain, reporting to Mike Bloom, president and COO.

For the last 13 years, Macak has served as VP global supply chain for Bed Bath & Beyond, where he was responsible for the supply chain, logistics and distribution of goods for the company and its subsidiaries.

Previous to that, he served as president of Vantix Logistics for Ameriserve (acquired by McLane Co.). Macak also held various positions with The Hechinger Co., a home improvement retailer, and with KPMG Consulting and Deloitte-Garr Consulting Group. He began his career as a senior consultant with Manugistics.

“With more than 25 years of wide-ranging operational experience, in both retailing and supply chain, Jeffrey’s background and leadership skills are a perfect complement to our operations and growth initiatives,” Bloom stated. “In today’s highly competitive retail environment, building an efficient end-to-end supply chain is critical to our success, and we will look to Jeffrey’s extensive expertise to advance our ongoing efforts to improve supply chain efficiencies and drive increased value for our customers.”
 

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Walgreens enhances photo creation capabilities on mobile app

BY Jason Owen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Wednesday announced the latest updates to its iPhone mobile app that allows users to create photo cards with such special themes as thank you, holidays, announcements and invitations. Unique collages also can be created directly from an iPhone. Walgreens is the first retailer to provide the ability to create collage prints using a mobile device and pick them up in about an hour, the company stated. Photos for these creations easily can be uploaded from the user’s phone, Facebook or Instagram albums.

“We’re pleased to provide more creative capabilities to our users as we continue to enhance the photo functionality within our mobile app,” said Jasbir Patel, divisional VP daily living, photo and omnichannel for Walgreens. “Consumers are accustomed to using their mobile devices in nontraditional ways, and Walgreens gives them easy access to products and services, wherever and whenever they choose.”

For customers on the go, the updated app lets users easily search for Walgreens or Duane Reade stores based on offerings such as 24-hour locations, drive-thru pharmacies and Healthcare Clinics at select Walgreens. Additionally, the app provides improved virtual floor maps, allowing for easier access to products and better in-store experience.


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HRG exclusive workshop prepares manufacturers for successful buyer meetings

BY Jason Owen

WAUKESHA, Wis. — Hamacher Resource Group is offering an interactive workshop to help manufacturers prepare effective presentations for successful buyer meetings in food, drug and mass channels, including distributors, the company announced on Wednesday. The one-day session, It’s Their Meeting, Too! How to Build Effective Product Presentations for Wholesale and Retail Buyers, will be held at HRG, Nov. 7, 2013.

Key meetings with buyers are typically a once-a-year opportunity that manufacturers need to maximize. Understanding buyer expectations, knowing what information to arm themselves with, and putting together a presentation that hits all the right notes for the specific channel being presented to requires both art and science. HRG’s 30-plus years of industry knowledge and extensive experience helping manufacturers grow their business is the foundation for the workshop. HRG also has staff with hands-on selling experience to retail and wholesale channels to provide one-on-one insight and guidance to attendees.

“If you have ever walked out of a meeting with a buyer and wondered what went wrong, this is a great way to spend a day and leverage our expertise to help ensure that it doesn’t happen again," said chief presenter and HRG vice president, Dave Wendland. "Brand, sales and marketing managers, as well as sales representatives, will leave this workshop with a custom presentation template and the in-depth knowledge to conduct a successful meeting with buyers.”

The registration deadline is Oct. 10, 2013, and the workshop is limited to 10 attendees. HRG is offering an early-bird discount of $500 to anyone that signs up by Sept. 30. Those registering by the 30th will pay $1,295 per attendee. More information about the workshop and the agenda is on HRG’s website. To register, attendees can call (800) 888-0889 and ask to speak to the workshop registrar, or email [email protected].

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