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Meijer takes action against hunger

BY DSN STAFF

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer will double match every customer’s $10 Simply Give donation made Sept. 2 to 8 in support of Hunger Action Month.

The Simply Give Week double match is part of a $1 million donation to the retailer’s 2012 Simply Give program, which aims to replenish the shelves of nearly 200 food pantries in its five-state region campaign.

"Hunger is a problem that continues to grow in all of our communities," Meijer co-chairman Hank Meijer announced. "This contribution shows our commitment to hunger relief in the Midwest and applauds the continued generosity our customers and team members have shown their neighbors."

The Simply Give program encourages customers to purchase $10 Meijer food pantry donation cards, which then are converted into Meijer gift cards and given to the local food pantry selected by the store.

Throughout Simply Give Week, each customer’s donation will stretch even further: For every $10 donation card purchase, Meijer will give $20 to the program, resulting in a total $30 donation.

The Simply Give program runs three times a year for about ten weeks; the fall 2012 campaign runs through Oct. 6.

Also in September, Meijer plans once again to expand its food rescue program with the addition of eight food banks in the Midwest. Participating food banks and pantries pick up fresh food — meat, cheese and select deli and bakery items — from their local Meijer store two to three days per week. An estimated 2,400 products are available to donate to food banks.

Nearly 700,000 pounds of food, which accounts for more than 527,700 meals, were donated by Meijer in 2011 to local food banks.

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Delhaize Group selects in-store software provider

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RA’ANANA, Israel — Delhaize Group has enlisted the services of Retalix for in-store software for Delhaize Group’s 3,300 locations — including more than 20,000 point-of-sale terminals — across Eurasia and the United States.

As part of the agreement, Retalix will continue to provide a wide range of products from the company’s store suite, including solutions for the POS, as well as other customer touch points, such as self-checkout. The agreement also includes solutions within Retalix’s loyalty and marketing Suite, including customer management and targeted marketing.

"Retalix is a true leader in the retail industry, and we extended and solidified our strategic partnership as they have delivered proof of delivering competitive solutions to our business and to operate effectively as a global vendor," said Frank Suykens, CIO at Delhaize Group Europe, Asia. "We look forward for Retalix to further assist us to continuously improve our store operations and customer service, and to drive innovation."

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Grocery group celebrates industry icons

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DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. — The Grocery Manufacturers Association inducted Hy-Vee chairman and CEO Richard Jurgens, as well as Dean Pappas, CEO of Clement Pappas and Co., into its Hall of Achievement.

The recognition came at a gala dinner Sunday night as GMA held its annual executive conference in Colorado Springs. The Hall of Achievement Award represents the highest honor given by the more than 100-year-old association.

“Lifetime achievement is the hallmark of the GMA Hall of Achievement Award, and by that standard, no two people are more deserving than Ric Jurgens and Dean Pappas,” GMA president and CEO Pamela Bailey said. “Their business savvy, their desire to make the world a better place and their compassion for their associates, their communities and their consumers sets them apart.”

GMA announced that it would induct Jurgens and Pappas in late May.

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