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Ex-Walmart exec Mac Naughton joins Crossmark board

BY Mike Troy

PLANO, Texas — Former Walmart EVP and chief merchandising officer Duncan Mac Naughton has joined the board of directors of Crossmark, a sales, marketing and merchandising services company focused on the retail and consumer goods industries.
 
Crossmark CEO Steve Schuckenbrock in an internal company announcement said it is a privilege to have Mac Naughton join the company’s board given his extraordinary retail industry experience and leadership from both a manufacturer and retailer perspective.
 
“I have always respected the Crossmark organization. The people at all levels have consistently demonstrated leadership, collaboration and excellence in driving our industry forward,” Mac Naughton said. “I’m excited to work with the team in helping the company increase shareholder value by driving continued growth for its clients and customers.”
 
Mac Naughton left Walmart last November after overseeing all merchandise categories across more than 3,700 stores in the U.S. Under his leadership, the company intensified its shopper-centric focus through initiatives that improved on-shelf availability of products, as well as a more collaborative joint business planning process with suppliers.
 
“His insight and expertise will be highly valued as we continue to drive innovation and build unique capabilities centered around consumer purchase behavior, enabling us to deliver smarter solutions for our clients and customers to grow their businesses faster,” Schuckenbrock said. “I look forward to having Duncan join our collaborative team as we continue on our path toward growth.”
 
Prior to Walmart, Mac Naughton served as executive vice president of marketing and merchandising at Supervalu. He also held executive roles at Albertsons and HEB Grocery Company. Prior to HEB, he spent 13 years with Kraft Foods.
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The Seattle Times: Bartell Drugs plays up local ties with private label brand

BY Antoinette Alexander

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs isn’t just celebrating its 125th anniversary. The regional player is also celebrating the deployment of its own private-label brand, which is designed to highlight the retailer’s connection to the Puget Sound region, The Seattle Times has reported.

Launched last year, the Emerald & Spruce line focuses on local products and is currently comprised of ice cream, vitamins and dog treats, according to the article.

Created by Seattle-based brand agency Hornall Anderson, the line so far is “performing as we hoped,” Jean Barber Bartell, vice chairman and treasurer of the 63-store chain, was quoted as saying in the article.
 

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Rite Aid donation improves future for children of fallen soldiers

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. – The Rite Aid Foundation's KidCents program will donate $1.3 million to Folds of Honor, a nonprofit organization based in Owasso, Okla., dedicated to providing educational scholarships to children of fallen or disabled veterans. The donation was announced in Owasso over Memorial Day weekend during Folds of Honor's annual Patriot Cup Invitational, a golf tournament and gala celebrating our nation's heroes and raising funds for Folds of Honor. 
 
"It is truly an honor for The Rite Aid Foundation's KidCents program to join forces with an outstanding organization such as Folds of Honor," said Ken Martindale, Rite Aid president and COO, who also serves as president of The Rite Aid Foundation. "The Foundation's donation to Folds of Honor not only brings the mission of The Rite Aid Foundation to life, but most importantly, it will also help the organization continue to make a lasting difference in the lives of children whose parents have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country."  
 
Folds of Honor was founded in 2007 by Major Dan Rooney, an F-16 fighter pilot in the Oklahoma Air National Guard who served three tours of duty in Iraq. Since its inception, Folds of Honor has raised more than $70 million and awarded nearly 8,000 scholarships to the family members of fallen or disabled veterans. 
 
"With support from partners like The Rite Aid Foundation, our organization is able to honor the sacrifice of our service men and women by ensuring that no child or family is left behind when they lose a parent while serving our country," Rooney said. "We are proud and humbled to be welcomed into the Rite Aid Foundation's KidCents' family and look forward to working with Rite Aid, its associates and customers to help those we serve achieve their educational goals." 
 
KidCents was developed by The Rite Aid Foundation to provide Rite Aid customers an opportunity to do even more to help the kids in the communities Rite Aid serves. Through KidCents, members of Rite Aid's wellness+ with Plenti program can round up their in-store or online purchases to the nearest dollar and give their change to one of more than 300 nonprofit organizations focused on improving the health and wellbeing of children.  
 
In addition to the donation, Folds of Honor is also able to receive round-up donations from Rite Aid customers through the KidCents program. 
 
Since its inception in 2001, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded nearly $20 million to non-profit organizations. Additionally, Rite Aid, through the efforts of its customers, supplier partners and associates, has also raised more than $65 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals across the country since 1994. 
 
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