Walmart launches Veterans Commitment, plans to hire 100,000 over next five years
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart has announced the launch of the Veterans Welcome Home Commitment to offer a job to any honorably discharged veteran within his or her first 12 months off active duty, and projects to hire more than 100,000 veterans over the next five years.
"Hiring a veteran can be one of the best business decisions you make," stated Bill Simon, Walmart U.S. president and CEO and U.S. Navy Veteran. "We believe Walmart is already the largest private employer of veterans in the country, and we want to hire more."
"Veterans have a record of performance under pressure. They’re quick learners and team players and are leaders with discipline, training and a passion for service," Simon continued. "I can think of no better group to lead in revitalizing our economy than those who have served in uniform. Through their service, veterans give us a land of freedom. When they return, it must be to a land of possibility."
In April, Walmart participated in the Joining Forces Employment Announcement at the White House, and challenged companies to hire 100,000 veterans and their spouses by the end of 2013. To move this effort forward, Simon wrote to 50 CEOs in the United States to urge them to make hiring commitments of their own.
"Every company in America has benefited from the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform," added Simon. "The biggest issue facing our veterans today is jobs. Sadly, too many of those who fought for us abroad now find themselves fighting for jobs at home."
The company’s focus on supporting veterans extends beyond its hiring initiative. The Walmart Foundation has committed $20 million through 2015 to helping veterans and their families transition from the military into the civilian workforce through programs that provide job training, transition support and education.
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Appellate court turns down review of Calif. Medicaid reimbursement cuts
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal court has declined to review an earlier decision to uphold cuts to California’s Medicaid program, drawing criticism from several groups.
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, whose jurisdiction includes California, turned down a request from the California Pharmacists Association and others for an en banc review of an earlier decision in which a panel of three judges overturned several injunctions against implementation of 10% cuts to reimbursements in the Medi-Cal program passed in 2011 by the state legislature. The CPhA said it was not surprised, but was disappointed at the decision.
"It is absurd to think you can slash reimbursement rates, resulting in pharmacists providing services below their actual costs, while at the same time expanding the Medi-Cal program to 4 million additional beneficiaries under healthcare reform beginning in 2014," CPhA CEO Jon Roth said. "I am astonished that the state thinks this will work."
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Kroger announces retirement of mid-south division president John Hackett
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — After 50 years of service with the company, Kroger’s mid-south division president John Hackett is retiring. Hackett began his career with Kroger in 1963 as a store clerk in London, Ohio, while working his way through college at The Ohio State University.
Following graduation he entered the Kroger management training program in 1968, which led to a variety of marketing and operations roles in the Columbus and Indianapolis divisions. In 1984, John was promoted to director of merchandising of the Louisville division. In 1990 he was promoted to division president, where he oversaw the merger of the Louisville and Nashville divisions to create the mid-south division.
"During his 50-year career, John has consistently demonstrated his passion for and commitment to our associates, our customers and our local communities," said Kroger president and COO Rodney McMullen. "In addition to being a great executive, John is a first-class human being and person. When you define a gentleman the definition is John Hackett. We thank John and his wife, Kay, for their many years of dedicated service and wish them the best in retirement. I am sure John will remain involved in serving the Kroger family through his community service, passionately advocating for the causes that matter deeply to John and his family."
Hackett has served as the division’s president for 23 of his 50 years at Kroger. According to the company, he has been passionate about growing the business and change throughout his entire career. During his 29 years in Louisville, the division grew from 55 stores to 161, and sales increased more than tenfold. Under his watch, the mid-south division pioneered self-checkout and opened the company’s first Kroger fuel station and Little Clinic. Hackett also led an associate safety initiative that reduced accidents by 70% and became a model for the entire company.
Hackett serves on the board of overseers for the University of Louisville and is board emeritus for the Dare to Care Food Bank. He served as a trustee for the Louisville Urban League and is a former board member of Bellarmine University, the Louisville Economic Development Association and the Metropolitan College Steering Committee. He also served as president, chairman and director of the Kentucky Retail Federation. He’s been married to wife, Kay, for 45 years. The couple has two grown children, Ann and John, and six grandchildren.
Kroger’s mid-south division is based in Louisville. It has 22,000 employees and operates 161 stores in Kentucky, Tennessee, southern Indiana and southern Illinois.
Thanks to Mr. Hackett for supporting the value of supplying Kosher Foods in his district. I only wish the McMann Kroger would adhere to his wishes... Jake Wishnia, President of the Vaad in Louisville...