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Former Dollar General executive signs on with SMS Assist

BY Michael Johnsen

CHICAGO — SMS Assist on Tuesday named Geoffrey Wigner EVP facilities for the technology-driven facilities maintenance and management company.

Wigner, 48, previously served as senior director of store services for Dollar General, where he managed more than $500 million in capital and expense budgets while directing major projects affecting more than 10,000 stores. Wigner helped the nationwide retailer open 625 new stores and renovate 525 others in fiscal year 2011. 

"Geoff¹s abilities in operational leadership and budget analysis are critical to managing the growth of SMS Assist," stated Michael Rothman, SMS Assist CEO. "His experience in process improvement, execution and team building will ensure that SMS Assist continues to function seamlessly as we sign additional customers, many with thousands of service locations."

Wigner received his MBA from Western Kentucky University.

 

 

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Publix declares semi-annual cash dividend

BY Michael Johnsen

LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix on Tuesday announced its board of directors declared a semi-annual cash dividend of 35 cents per share on its common stock.

The dividend will be payable Dec. 2, 2013, either through direct deposit or mailed as a check to stockholders of record as of the close of business Oct. 31, 2013, the grocer stated.

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CDMA to host 88th Annual Trade Expo in Tampa, Fla., in 2014

BY Michael Johnsen

TAMPA, Fla. — CDMA on Monday announced that its 88th Annual Trade Expo will be held at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla., from Jan. 28 to 31, 2014. The annual event brings together front-end suppliers with buyers from regional drug chains, regional drug wholesalers, independent pharmacies, grocery stores and convenience stores.

The event includes a welcome reception and a Lunch & Learn with Dr. James Rouse from BackJoy, who will be speaking about “Optimum Wellness” and the 88th Annual Chairman’s Reception and Dinner. 

CDMA will market exhibiting suppliers before the trade show by organizing a pre-show mailing to all attending buyers, providing product emails to buyers and promoting products through various show communications.  

CDMA buyers who carry the Quality Choice private label health and beauty product line will have the opportunity to meet directly with QC Suppliers to take advantage of special deals. QC will also be hosting a Store Brand Enrichment program focusing on the product, price, placement and promotion of private label programs and the new QC vitamin program.

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