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Bartell Drugs brings on operations exec from Albertsons

BY David Salazar

Bartell Drugs has brought on Adam Wampler as its new senior vice president of operations. Wampler joins the Seattle-based company from Albertsons, where he was senior vice president of operations for Northern California.

Wampler has experience of more than 30 years with Safeway, which Albertsons acquired in 2015. In his most recent position, he oversaw store conditions, diversity, profitability and employee development at more than 283 Safeway Albertsons banner stores in three states. His career also has included roles in marketing, execution, store design and store layout.

“Adam’s experience in grocery and retail are a great fit for Bartell Drugs,” Bartell Drugs CEO Kathi Lentzsch said. “His focus on delivering an exceptional store experience through employee development and seamless operations will expand upon our famous Red Vest service.”

Wampler is the second addition to Bartell’s C-suite this month. The family-owned chain in mid-January named Lentzsch the company’s fifth CEO in its 128-year history.

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Kroger names new Fry’s, divisional leadership

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As part of its Restock Kroger effort, Cincinnati-based Kroger has announced two promotions with regard to its divisions. The company named Steve McKinney — most recently president of Kroger’s Fry’s division — to the position of senior vice president of retail divisions, effective Feb. 5. Monica Gaines, currently corporate vice president of produce-floral merchandising, has been named president of Fry’s, succeeding McKinney to become the first African-American to lead one of the company’s divisions.

McKinney has been with Kroger since 1981, when he joined its former Florida Choice Supermarkets banner as a clerk, advancing through the ranks to field representative before joining Phoenix, Ariz.-based Fry’s in various leadership positions. He became vice president of operations at Fry’s in 1998 and became vice president of operations for Kroger’s southwest division in 2006 and was named vice president of operations for its Ralph’s division the following year. He was tapped to lead Fry’s in 2013.

“Steve’s nearly 37 years of Kroger experience and deep knowledge of food retail will help our divisions continue to execute with excellence,” said Mike Donnelly, Kroger’s executive vice president and COO said. “Steve has always been passionate about creating uplifting associate and customer experiences. We look forward to him joining our senior leadership team as we continue to drive Restock Kroger.”

Gaines takes the helm of Fry’s with more than 20 years of Kroger experience under her belt, having joined the company’s Columbus division through a management training program in 1995. She has held such positions as human resources coordinator, produce buyer, store manager and district manager before becoming produce-floral merchandiser in the Columbus division. She became vice president of merchandising for Fry’s in 2013, and moved into her current role in 2015.

“Monica is a recognized leader in our business and across the industry,” Donnelly said. “She combines a willingness to embrace fresh ideas with a keen business savvy that yields real results. As the company’s first African-American division president, we are excited to have Monica drive and influence change in our company through her expertise and perspective, and we are eager for her to bring her passion for people and results to Fry’s.”

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Walmart to unveil stricter on-time delivery requirements

BY David Salazar

Walmart is revising its on-time delivery goals while bringing some transparency to its supplier base, according to a report from Reuters. The changes are being announced this week at the company’s Supplier Growth Forum at its Bentonville, Ark., headquarters.

Walmart reportedly will announce changes to its delivery changes, which are aimed at boosting its revenue by $1 billion through improved product availability. Under the new rules large suppliers will be required to meet an 85% on-time goal or face a 3% fine on the cost of the goods being delivered — this an increase over the previous 75% on-time goal, the report said. Additionally, smaller suppliers will need to up their on-time deliveries from 33% to 50% or face a fine.

“We have reduced inventory in stores in order to have the right amount of stock and have made significant progress in the past few years,” Walmart’s U.S. chief merchandising officer Steve Bratspies told Reuters. “We want to focus on improving that even more.”

Also as part of its Supplier Growth Forum — and its efforts to compete with Amazon — Walmart will be offering suppliers its On Shelf Customer Availability data at the forum. These data had previously only been for internal use, Reuters said.

To read the full report, click here.

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