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Revamped Supervalu to cut 1,100 positions at district level and above

BY Michael Johnsen

MINNEAPOLIS — Supervalu on Tuesday announced plans to reduce its national workforce by an estimated 1,100 positions. The reductions include both current positions and open jobs that will not be filled.

The announcement affects nearly all company offices and crosses most departments within the organization. In general, store level employees and Save-A-Lot, the company’s hard-discount retail chain, are not affected by this announcement. Employees whose positions are eliminated will be offered severance and outplacement services based on Supervalu’s eligibility guidelines.

“The decision to reduce our workforce, although difficult because of the impacts to our people, is the necessary next step in the rebuilding of our business,” stated Sam Duncan, Supervalu president and CEO. “This move is an important part of our strategy to be more focused and efficient in our operations, including how we staff and support our three business units going forward.”

Today’s announcement follows Supervalu’s recent sale of Albertsons, Jewel, ACME, and Shaws/Star Markets, as well as the Sav-On and Osco in-store pharmacies, to AB Acquisition LLC. That transaction was completed March 21. As a result, the remaining organization will require significantly fewer corporate and store support roles and functions making it important that the company restructure its operations and expenses accordingly, Supervalu noted.

Going forward, Supervalu will consist of three key business units, including its wholesale business, Save-A-Lot and five regional grocery banners.


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Kmart marks 30th anniversary of support for March of Dimes

BY Alaric DeArment

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Kmart is collecting donations for the March of Dimes Foundation for the 30th year in a row, the mass merchandise retailer said Monday.

Kmart said that since 1983, it had raised more than $106 million for the non-profit group, which is focused on the needs of mothers and infants, including $8 million last year.

"For three decades, Kmart has been committed to March for Babies and improving children’s health and wellness," said Ron Boire, EVP, chief merchandising officer and president of the Sears and Kmart formats for parent company Sears Holdings. "Year after year, our associates, Shop Your Way Rewards members and customers embrace the driving principle on which the March of Dimes was founded – many people giving a little can make a huge impact."


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CDC: Awareness of prediabetes rose slightly in 2009-2010

BY Alaric DeArment

ATLANTA — The percentage of people who are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and aware of it has risen slightly over the past few years, but remains low, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to the CDC’s "Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report," the percentage of the estimated 79 million Americans with prediabetes who were aware of their condition was 11.1% in 2009 and 2010, compared with 7.7% in 2005 and 2006. The report also found that younger people, those ages 20 to 44 years, were less likely to be aware of their condition than those ages 45 years and older. Each year, 11% of those with prediabetes who don’t lose weight or engage in moderate physical activity progress to Type 2 diabetes. In patients with prediabetes, blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes.

The CDC report was based on an analysis of data from the "National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey" collected between 2005 and 2010.

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