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Former Ohio governor spokesman takes talents to Kroger

BY Gail Hoffer

CINCINNATI — Kroger has named Keith Dailey as the company’s external corporate communications director.

According to the company, Dailey will oversee national media communications for Kroger, which operates 2,458 supermarkets and multidepartment stores in 31 states under two dozen local banner names.

Serving as the spokesman for such a large company should come easy to Dailey. As the communications director for former Ohio governor Ted Strickland, Dailey likely had his fair share of media issues to tackle.

Fortunately for Dailey, generating good publicity for Kroger should be easy. The company reported that third-quarter revenue, including fuel, leaped 5.9% to $18.7 billion. Excluding fuel sales, total sales increased 3.1% in the third quarter, which ended Nov. 6, the company noted. Earnings per share for the company rose to 32 cents, totaling $202.2 million. During the same period last year, Kroger reported a net loss of $874.9 million, or $1.35 per diluted share, after the company’s $1.05 billion write-down of its Ralphs division.

"Keith has a wealth of experience and talent, and we’re very pleased that he is joining the Kroger family," said Lynn Marmer, group VP corporate affairs.

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Report: Supervalu boosts market development division

BY Michael Johnsen

MINNEAPOLIS — Supervalu recently promoted three executives in its retail market development division, according to a report published Wednesday at GlobeSt.com.

Joe McKeska and Mark Lavin were promoted to group VP real estate and market and development, in the East and West regions, respectively. And Sharon Lessard, who heads Supervalu’s store design team, has been promoted to chief design officer.

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Meijer introduces Order to Store program

BY Allison Cerra

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Just a few months after launching its Doorstep Grocer program, Meijer is allowing its online shoppers to order items and have the merchandise shipped to a local store at no cost.

The new Order-to-Store program allows shoppers to designate which Meijer store they would like to use as their pickup location. Once the order is received by the store, the customer will receive email notification that his or her items are ready for pickup.

"This is another example of how Meijer is making the online shopping experience as convenient and affordable as possible for our customers," said Rick Keyes, Meijer EVP supply chain operations and e-commerce. "Not only are we eliminating shipping costs, we’re also enabling shoppers to return the items to their local stores. This is a money- and time-saving program that allows even more customers to take advantage of the great offerings we have at Meijer.com."

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