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Target hires former CIA officer as ‘kids’ gift detective’

BY Alaric DeArment

MINNEAPOLIS — Target is hiring a former CIA officer to give parents tips on looking for presents for children who might not be forthcoming about what they want.

The mass-merchandise retailer said it had hired Jonna Mendez as a "kids’ gift detective." Mendez will appear in videos with popular mom bloggers who will work with her on looking for presents.

"Before parents can start shopping for holiday gifts, they need to solve the puzzle of what their kids want most, which often extends beyond the toy aisles," Target SVP merchandising and hardlines Scott Nygaard said. "Target offers guests tools to build their lists, including a dedicated online portal, our annual kids’ gifts catalog and the kids’ gift detective, who brings some lighthearted fun to list building."

The company is also launching a web page, Target.com/KidsGifts, that will showcase popular gifts for the season.

 

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Manchester University pharmacy school dean to assume presidency next year

BY Alaric DeArment

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The president of Indiana’s Manchester University will retire next summer and has named the university’s pharmacy dean as her successor.

The university, based in Fort Wayne, Ind., said Jo Young Switzer would retire on June 30, 2014 and had named EVP and College of Pharmacy dean Dave McFadden as president, effective the day after. Switzer is Manchester University’s first female president.

"President Switzer has led Manchester at a pace and with a strategic focus unprecedented in the history of Manchester," board of trustees chairwoman Marsha Link said. "She has led from within and has also risen to great respect across higher education as a dynamic and thoughtful leader."

Among the changes that have occurred at the school during the past nine years are the creation of the four-year doctor of pharmacy program, with $35 million in seed money from Lilly Endowment Inc., a philanthropic arm of Indianapolis-based drug maker Eli Lilly.

 

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Dollar General pilots gas offering

BY Michael Johnsen

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General on Friday announced the introduction of its first fuel station, as part of a test pilot project. The new fuel pumps are located at the Dollar General Market in Hanceville, Ala.

“Dollar General continues to innovate to provide convenience and value for our customers,” stated Rick Dreiling, chairman and CEO. “This project to test a fuel offering is consistent with our strategy of continually looking for new and better ways to meet our customers’ needs for value and convenience and enhancing our position as America’s general store.”

This pilot project is part of an agreement with Mansfield Oil, which provides fuel supply, distribution, delivery and dispensing solutions to customers. Dollar General and Mansfield will evaluate the results of the pilot project over the next year and jointly assess expansion opportunities.

 

 

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