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Meijer features U.S.-made toys on website

BY Alaric DeArment

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Two new wooden toys that won a contest sponsored by Midwestern mass merchandiser Meijer will be featured exclusively on the retailer’s website, the company said Thursday.

Meijer announced the winners of the Meijer Next Great Toymaker contest: Franklin, N.C.-based Circa Toys’ Wagon of Blocks and Goshen, Ind.-based Peters’ Group’s Stick & Stack Cozy Cabin. The Wagon of Blocks, which sells for $69.99, is designed for children ages 1 to 3 years, while the Cozy Cabin, at $44.99, is for children ages 4 to 8 years.

"Meijer is excited to announce these exclusive additions to our huge online selection of nearly 8,000 toys," Meijer VP e-commerce Liwanag Ojala said. "We believe the U.S. heritage of these toys, along with their classic style and quality craftsmanship, will be a winning combination for our Meijer.com shoppers this holiday season."

The contest was open to small toy companies and entrepreneurs in the United States with 50 or fewer employees. Winners were chosen by a panel of Meijer judges and scored on uniqueness, educational relevance, creativity and quality. Toys will be available for at least six months on Meijer’s website starting on Thursday.

 

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Ahold appoints James McCann as COO of Ahold USA

BY Alaric DeArment

AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands — Royal Ahold has appointed a new COO for its U.S. subsidiary, the company said Thursday.

Ahold, based in the Netherlands, announced that it had appointed James McCann as COO of Ahold USA, effective Jan. 1, 2013, replacing Carl Schlicker, who has announced his retirement. McCann, a 43-year-old native of the United Kingdom and currently Ahold’s chief commercial and development officer who will continue as a member of the company’s corporate board, began working for Ahold in 2011.

"I am very pleased that we have a strong leader for Ahold USA from within our own organization," Ahold CEO Dick Boer said. "Since his start with Ahold, James has focused on strengthening our e-commerce proposition and customer loyalty programs as part of the company’s robust growth strategy that was launched last year and is now being implemented. This appointment is a natural step for James. With his international experience in leading roles at global retailers, James is very well-qualified to take on this important role within Ahold."

McCann has previoiusly worked for European retailers like Tesco, Carrefour France and Sainsbury’s.

 

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Walgreens, American Red Cross raise more than $4 million for Superstorm Sandy victims

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens and the American Red Cross on Thursday announced that more than $4 million was raised by Walgreens and Duane Reade customers nationwide for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund since Nov. 5. 

“Hurricane Sandy resulted in so many people with needs," stated Mark Wagner, Walgreens president of operations and community management. "We’re very proud of the support Walgreens and Duane Reade customers showed and how that support will help those in need work through the many hardships they face."

“This is one of the biggest Red Cross relief operations in the past five years, and we are so grateful for the generosity of Walgreens and its customers in support of our work,” commented Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the Red Cross. “Sandy has impacted millions of people and the Red Cross will continue to help for weeks to come as families get back on their feet.”

Walgreens implemented the fundraising program in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy striking the East Coast. The fundraising initiative was in addition to Walgreens’ earlier $250,000 contribution to the American Red Cross.

 

 

 

 

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