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Mark Tuffin takes reins at Smith’s

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI — Kroger banner Smith’s has a new president.

Mark Tuffin will succeed Jim Hallsey, who is retiring from his post after 47 years of service with Smith’s and Kroger, the supermarket retailer announced Tuesday. Hallsey served in his role as president of Smith’s since 2001.

Tuffin, who most recently served as Kroger’s VP transition, leading the company’s efforts to implement significant organizational changes between all areas of the business, brings more than 30 years of experience to his new role. Tuffin joined Smith’s in 1996.

"Mark possesses remarkable leadership skills and experience in both the Smith’s division and leading Kroger’s transition efforts," Kroger president and COO Rodney McMullen said. "Despite the challenges of organizational change, he never lost sight of our core mission to put the customer first. We are pleased Mark has accepted this new role."

Smith’s operates 133 stores throughout seven Western states.

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Reports: Tesco bringing loyalty program to Fresh & Easy

BY Alaric DeArment

LONDON — British retailer Tesco will launch its loyalty card program in the United States, according to published reports.

Tesco reportedly is launching the program in an effort to make a profit on its Fresh & Easy stores on the West Coast. The stores, which opened in 2007, have had difficulty turning a profit. The company now operates 175 stores, but has continued losing money.

The new card will allow customers to win points when they use it, much like loyalty cards it offers in the United Kingdom and other markets.

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Drano Snake Plus looks to tackle toughest clogs

BY Allison Cerra

RACINE, Wis. — Look out, plumbers: A new drain cleaning kit has come to town.

SC Johnson has boosted its Drano line with Drano Snake Plus, which promises to resolve the toughest clogs and touts a money-back guarantee. The product combines a flexible, easy-to-use 18-in. tool with a powerful pro concentrate gel that directly clings to the clog.

As part of the product launch, Drano has tapped Melinda and Rob Babiak of the online network LookWhatMomFound.com as the brand’s newest representatives.

Drano Snake Plus retails for $6.99 and is available in the home cleaning sections of food, drug, do-it-yourself and mass merchandise stores, such as Target, Walmart and CVS.

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