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Season six of the ‘The Office’ heads to Blu-ray, DVD

BY Allison Cerra

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. The sixth season of documentary-style comedy “The Office” now is available on Blu-ray and DVD.

As part of this groundbreaking set, the Blu-ray release of season six of “The Office” will allow fans to access content like never before via BD-Live. Through their Internet-connected Blu-ray player using BD-Live, purchasers now will have an opportunity to watch the latest five episodes from the seventh season after they air on their home televisions. Season seven episodes will be available in HD, pending individual Internet connection speeds.

This season of “The Office” focuses on the evolving lives of Dunder Mifflin’s hilariously irreverent employees, including Jim and Pam’s wedding and the birth of their daughter, Michael’s affair with a married woman and the acquisition of Dunder Mifflin by Sabre, a printer manufacturer.

The Blu-ray and DVD both are available on Sept. 7 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

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A&P names new EVP operations

BY Antoinette Alexander

MONTVALE, N.J. Grocer A&P has appointed former OfficeMax executive Paul Hertz as EVP operations, succeeding Mark Kramer, who has left the company to pursue other interests, the company announced on Wednesday.

In this role, Hertz will be leading the field operations team.

He has an extensive background in operations with more than 20 years in various management positions within retail sales management and operations. Prior to joining A&P, Hertz was EVP retail stores for OfficeMax, where he was responsible for all retail operations throughout the United States. Before that, he served as SVP store operations. Hertz also served as VP Wild Oats Stores, VP store operations for ShopKo and has held several field and VP-level positions at Fred Meyer, a division of Kroger.

A&P’s new president and CEO Sam Martin also came from OfficeMax, as well as Wild Oats, ShopKo and Fred Meyer. In late July, the company announced the appointment of Martin as its new CEO. He succeeded Ron Marshall, who left the company after serving less than six months at the helm.

Martin, who has more than three decades of management experience in the food retail industry, joined A&P from OfficeMax, where he served as COO since 2007. Prior to OfficeMax, Martin was COO for Wild Oats Markets through the company’s acquisition by Whole Foods. His experience also includes senior management roles at ShopKo Stores and Fred Meyer.

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Kmart, Jaclyn Smith raise breast cancer awareness

BY Alaric DeArment

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. Proceeds from Jaclyn Smith clothing sold at Kmart will go toward breast cancer research as part of the mass merchandise chain’s celebration of its 25-year relationship with the actress and designer, Kmart said.

In September and October, Kmart will donate $1 from every purchase of items from the special Jaclyn Smith 25th Anniversary and limited edition collections to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Smith has designed apparel for Kmart for 25 years, and the chain launched the Jaclyn Smith Home Collection in August 2008.

“As a breast cancer survivor myself, this cause is near and dear to my heart, to my loved ones and to my extended family at Kmart,” Smith said. “I’m grateful that my relationship with Kmart has not only allowed me to provide great design at a truly affordable price, but also to work with incredible organizations like BCRF to give back to a cause that is working diligently in the fight against breast cancer.”

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