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Wakefern appoints new SVP of marketing

BY DSN STAFF

Wakefern is shaking up its leadership team by naming a new senior vice president of marketing.

Erk Keptner, the previous senior vice president of sales, merchandising and marketing for Ahold Delhaize’s Giant Food Stores, has been appointed to the role.

He will oversee the Keasbey, N.J.-based retailer’s digital commerce and analytics, advertising, corporate merchandising, private label, own brand and social media and digital advertising divisions.

“Erik came up in the grocery business at a pivotal time for the industry, and throughout his career has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to implementing consumer-centric marketing and merchandising strategies,” Chris Lane, executive vice president of Wakefern, said. “He’s a proven leader, and we are very excited to welcome him to the Wakefern team.”

Prior to his role at Giant Food Stores, Keptner was the executive vice president of marketing for Ahold USA. He also served as the senior vice president of marketing and consumer insights, and also was the senior vice president of marketing and communication for Giant Food Stores.

“Wakefern has a long history as a respected industry leader. I look forward to joining the team and working with the 50 cooperative member families that make up this esteemed retailer,” Keptner said.

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UT Austin greenlights H-E-B’s on-campus pharmacy

BY David Salazar

H-E-B soon will be bringing a pharmacy to the campus of the University of Texas at Austin’s Dell Medical School. The University of Texas’ board of regents recently approved a lease for the San Antonio-based retailer to open a pharmacy on the first floor of the campus’ Health Transformation Building. However, company officials stressed that the location is not yet a done deal.

“H-E-B is interested in the partnership and actively pursuing the possibility of an H-E-B pharmacy at the UT medical school campus in Austin,” Leslie Sweet, H-E-B’s director of public affairs, told DSN in an email. “However, the deal is still under negotiation.”

If the deal goes through, H-E-B will have a 5-year lease with two 3-year renewal terms. The pharmacy will take up roughly 2,889 sq. ft. of space in the building, which is centered around patient care, bringing providers that span the full continuum of care together in a single location. The building’s website says, “Patients receive the full cycle of care in a single location rather than being sent to different providers throughout the city.”

H-E-B would pay roughly $2.5 million to the university for the space throughout the 5-year term and additional terms, according to the regents’ agenda for the July 11 meeting. It also would pay $144,450 to the school for a build-out of the leased space.

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Target expands curbside pickup across the Midwest

BY Marianne Wilson

Target wants more customers to take advantage of its time-saving pickup option.

The retailer has expanded its “Drive Up” service to 200 additional stores across the Midwest and select other states. The service allows shoppers to place orders via the Target app, then have their items brought out to the car by a store associate.

With the latest round of expansion, more than 800 Target stores in 25 states now offer curbside pickup, with expansion to more markets planned for late August. Nearly 1,000 Target stores will offer the service by the holidays, the company said.

“Drive Up has quickly become one of Target’s most popular pickup options thanks to its speed and convenience, with everything from home essentials to clothing to electronics orders brought out to cars within two minutes of when a guest pulls into the store parking lot,” the retailer stated.

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