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OfficeMax vet assumes reigns of Walgreens’ supply chain management

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Wednesday named Reuben Slone as SVP supply chain management, where he will have leadership responsibility for distribution, transportation, systems integration and engineering, Lean and Six Sigma supply chain initiatives, and community outreach.

Slone will join Walgreens May 16 and will report to Walgreens president of community management Mark Wagner.

"Reuben has deep experience in leading supply chain operations, improving service and efficiency and driving innovation in the management of inventory from distribution centers to the stores," Wagner said.

Slone comes to Walgreens from OfficeMax, where he served as EVP supply chain and general manager of services. In his eight years with OfficeMax, he was responsible for inventory management, transportation and warehousing, strategic sourcing, real estate, store development, facilities, print and copy, business-to-business technology, managed print services and break room and facilities maintenance products businesses. In addition, Slone managed front-end inventory at OfficeMax and oversaw supplier development. Prior to joining OfficeMax, Slone held various executive positions with Whirlpool, General Motors, Federal-Mogul, EDS and Ernst & Young.

Slone also serves as secretary of the board of directors of Aspire of Illinois, a nonprofit organization serving children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Slone takes over supply chain management responsibility from Randy Lewis, who is transitioning to a new role with the company. Lewis will continue to help advise on the company’s programs for people with disabilities and will play a critical role in several of Walgreens key strategic initiatives.

"Randy has been and continues to be a valued leader at Walgreens," Wagner said. "He has led the supply chain organization for 16 years with integrity, innovation and compassion. We are pleased that we will continue to benefit from his experience as we extend our ground-breaking hiring program for people with disabilities. Randy also will assist with Reuben’s transition and other strategic initiatives that take advantage of his 20 years with Walgreens."

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Supervalu adds 250 stores to zero-waste program

BY Allison Cerra

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Supervalu is moving ahead with its sustainability efforts by increasing the number of stores that will divert 90% or more of their waste from local landfills by the end of the current fiscal year.

The retail chain said 250 stores will join its zero-waste program by the end of the current fiscal year ending Feb. 23, 2013. The announcement follows the company’s fourth-quarter earnings call last week, during which it reported it had transitioned 54 stores to 90% waste diversion during the past year, exceeding its original target of 40 locations.

"Last year marked incredible progress in our zero-waste efforts and we’re even more excited about what lies ahead," Supervalu president and CEO Craig Herkert said. "Keeping waste out of landfills is better for the environment, better for our customers and better for the bottom line. It’s simply the right thing for us to do."

Additional sustainable store operation achievements achieved by Supervalu banners during the last year included:

  • More than 54 million lbs. of food donated through the Fresh Rescue program — which captures such items as meat, dairy and produce that have reached their "sell by" date, but are still edible and safe, and donates them to local nonprofit organizations — equivalent to approximately 45 million meals using the USDA conversion of 1.2 pounds per meal.

  • Reduction of more than 28,000 tons of landfill waste in 2011, compared with calendar year 2010.

  • A 98%increase in mixed paper recycling, a 55% increase in hard plastic recycling, and 293% increase in the number of stores composting or diverting organic material (491 total).

  • Reduced garbage expenses costs $3.4 million and increased recycling income to more than $36 million.

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Most shoppers stray from lists for impulse buys, study finds

BY Allison Cerra

DENVER, Colo. — Despite using shopping lists as a budget tool to eliminate unnecessary purchases, 9-out-of-10 shoppers still buy items not on their list, according to new research from the Integer Group and M/A/R/C Research.

Among those who strayed from their shopping lists, 66% of them said were motivated by a sale or promotion, 30% said they found a coupon and 23% wanted to pamper themselves, according to the study "The Checkout." When it came to making lists, 61% said they were primarily influenced by a brand they currently use, while more than half said coupons and store advertisements or circulars influenced their list (56% and 57%, respectively). Interestingly enough, Integer and M/A/R/C reported that despite these list-making habits, respondents typically don’t write down the brand names of products, but rather the product type.

"Our data shows that 61% of off-list shoppers purchase an additional one to three items," Integer SVP Craig Elston said. "This shows that if you reach a particular shopper at the right moment with the right message, for example — using in-store signage to play into their desire to pamper themselves — it can end with that item being added to their basket."

To download "The Checkout," visit Integer’s blog, ShopperCulture.com.

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