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Workforce reduction confirmed at Albertsons

BY Allison Cerra

FULLERTON, Calif. — A store-level workforce reduction is planned for Albertsons’ Southern California division.

The Supervalu subsidiary said 2,200 to 2,500 positions would be eliminated across all Albertsons stores in California and Nevada and is expected to directly impact a small number of positions at any specific store location. The company said the workforce reduction aims to "[simplify] its organization and reducing expenses to help reinvest in more customer facing initiatives" and added that "Albertsons has not kept pace with the changing needs of its customers for a number of reasons."

"A decision of this nature is never easy, but it is the necessary step for us to take to help improve our business and accelerate our turnaround," Albertsons’ Southern California division president Dan Sanders said. "Our goal is to more effectively serve the marketplace by scheduling associates more appropriately to serve customers at the times they shop. I am confident our team will embrace these changes and help us to compete more effectively in a rapidly changing marketplace."

The workforce reduction will go into effect the week of June 17 and should be completed near July 1, the company said.

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G.Vimont says:
Jun-06-2012 07:51 pm

LOL -- In other words, there will actually be less customer service in order to reduce costs. The flowery words are nothing but a repeat made from the retail industry. I do have to give Albertsons credit for one thing. They didn't use the phrase industry standards.

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Rite Aid launches healthy skin campaign

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Retail pharmacy chain Rite Aid is promoting healthy skin care as part of a partnership with the Skin Cancer Foundation, the retailer said Wednesday.

The new campaign offers free skin care guides in stores and online, expert advice from pharmacists and continued support for the fifth annual Road to Healthy Skin Tour, also offered under a collaboration with the foundation. The tour, launched in March, is visiting more than 50 Rite Aid stores around the country and offering free, full-body skin cancer screenings.

The campaign, which runs through July 31, is emphasizing good skin care to ward off skin cancer. The company said skin care was especially important for people taking prescription drugs that might heighten sensitivity to sun, as well as patients who might be at risk for chronically dry skin, such as those with diabetes.

"As trusted and accessible healthcare providers on the front lines of community health care, our pharmacists are able to help customers make informed choices on a wide range of health topics including choosing the sunscreen that best suits their needs," Rite Aid EVP pharmacy Robert Thompson said. "We hope our customers will take full advantage of these free resources, which can help guide smart skin-care choices for years to come."

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Save Mart Supermarkets names VP of FoodMaxx

BY Michael Johnsen

 MODESTO, Calif. — Save Mart Supermarkets announced the hiring of Brett Wing as VP of FoodMaxx operations. Wing comes from Cub Foods/Supervalu in Hudson, Wis., and brings 35 years of grocery store and senior management experience, the grocer stated.

“Brett’s vast experience with Cub Foods and the variety of positions he has held at Supervalu will allow him to help grow our FoodMaxx market share in an economy that is very challenging for our customers,” stated Frank Capps, Save Mart EVP and chief sales officer. “It is a time where our customers are looking for value in every food item they buy. We are looking forward to his fresh look at our business.”

In 1987, Capps joined the Cub Foods/Supervalu and held various positions, including VP marketing, corporate director of produce and corporate director of frozen food/dairy/liquor, among other positions.

Wing’s grocery career started with Safeway in Boulder, Colo. He served on the board of trustees for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for the past five years and was an active community leader serving as the president of the Cub Cares Community Foundation.

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