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Ahold USA names Mark McGowan to EVP merchandising

BY Jason Owen

NEW YORK — Ahold USA last week announced that Mark McGowan has been appointed as EVP merchandising. He will lead a merchandising team that supports Ahold USA and its four divisions: Stop & Shop New England, Stop & Shop New York Metro, Giant Landover and Giant Carlisle.

Mr. McGowan had previously served as EVP supply chain for Ahold USA and previously led the Boston division of Stop & Shop.

McGowan’s direct reports include Jeff Dichele, SVP non-perishables merchandising; John Ruane, interim senior vice president of fresh merchandising; Jodie Daubert, SVP sales development; Raymond McCall, SVP pharmacy & HBC merchandising; and Roger Wheeler, SVP Oracle Program Lead.

In other Ahold USA news, sales in U.S stores for the fourth quarter were up 4.3% from the same period last year. Ahold said the strong performance was partly driven by the exceptional efforts of staff teams during Hurricane Sandy, which enabled stores to remain open and to serve customers. Ahold said market share has gained in all USA divisions.

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NCPA, NGA and NACS together file a ‘friend of the court’ brief in support of suit v. American Express

BY Michael Johnsen

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In an effort to quell the significant sway creditors wield in dictating terms with retail vendors, the National Community Pharmacists Association, the National Grocers Association and the National Association of Convenience Stores on Monday submitted a joint brief to the Supreme Court as amici curiae, or "friends of the court," in the case of American Express vs. Italian Colors Restaurant. 

“Too often, independent community pharmacists are forced into take-it-or-leave-it contracts with large corporations," noted NCPA CEO Douglas Hoey. "NCPA filed this brief because independent community pharmacists deserve more leeway to challenge anticompetitive, anti-consumer conduct by dominant suppliers, including health insurance and credit card companies.”

“Most small business members have no choice but to enter into arrangements with credit card payment networks, health insurance companies and other suppliers of goods and services that wield substantial market power,” the associations stated. “In many of these current and prospective arrangements, these suppliers, like American Express, are insisting that our small business members waive their ability to privately enforce antitrust law via a class action — a procedure that has necessarily been and must often been utilized by our small business members to remediate losses caused by suppliers’ anticompetitive conduct and to enjoin such illegal conduct from continuing. If these class action waivers that have been forced upon our members are held to always be enforceable, even where our members would be deprived of effectively vindicating their rights under antitrust law, our members will suffer substantial harm.”

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Spartan Stores inks distribution deal with Chief Super Market

BY Antoinette Alexander

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Spartan Stores, a regional grocery distributor and retailer, has entered into a distribution agreement with Chief Super Market under which Spartan Stores will be its primary wholesale grocery supplier.

Chief operates 12 stores in Northwest and West Central Ohio under the Chief and Rays banners. Spartan Stores stated that it will assume distribution to all of Chief’s banners for grocery, dairy, frozen, bakery and other products in March.

“We are pleased to welcome Chief to our distribution network of independent grocers,” said Dennis Eidson, Spartan’s president and CEO. “Chief is known for having strong grocery selections and well-merchandised stores, and we look forward to supporting their continued success with our broad selection of private brand and national brand products, as well as value-added services. We also are very excited about our expansion into Ohio, as securing new business in contiguous states is one of our key strategic business growth initiatives.”

Spartan Stores distributes more than 40,000 private and national brand products to approximately 375 independent grocery locations in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio, and to 100 corporate owned stores located in Michigan, including Family Fare Supermarkets, Glen’s Markets, D&W Fresh Markets, VG’s Food and Pharmacy, and Valu Land.
 

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