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Fujifilm wins photo honors at Walmart Electronics Suppliers Summit

BY Allison Cerra

VALHALLA, N.Y. Fujifilm U.S.A., Inc. announced it was presented with the 2008 Supplier of the Year award for the photo category at the annual Walmart Electronics Suppliers Summit, held earlier this month.

The honor was based on Fujifilm’s overall performance in the past year, specifically its exceptional technical service and support, expanded digital camera line-up, high quality in-store photofinishing equipment and consumables, and continued support of consumer film products.

“We are very grateful to Walmart for their recognition of our efforts in the retail photo space,” said Joe Vaughey, group VP sales and marketing, FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc. “Fujifilm’s commitment to the photo imaging industry remains strong – from our expanded Frontier digital lab solutions and digital camera series, to our traditional film and one-time-use-cameras. It has always been Fujifilm’s goal to offer revenue-generating, relevant business solutions to our retail customers so they can best serve their own customer base, and we look forward to continuing this effort with Walmart.”

In the last year, Fujifilm and Walmart also collaborated on an extensive kiosk upgrade project, the largest joint venture the two companies have worked on together to date. Walmart cited the success of the six-month project, from coordination to execution, as part of their acknowledgement of Fujifilm’s high quality technical service and support.

Fujifilm has also helped to provide Walmart with an expansive selection of digital cameras. From easy-to-use models to more sophisticated trendy designs, Fujifilm’s digital camera selection has supported the retailer’s effort to offer solutions that meet the needs of Walmart’s diverse customer base.

Since 2000, Fujifilm has won the Photo Supplier of the Year award three times, first acknowledged in 2000, then 2005 and again in 2008. Fuji Color Processing, a subsidiary of Fujifilm U.S.A., was also a recipient of the same award in 2006.

The Walmart Electronics Suppliers Summit presented four overall electronics awards and eight total category awards.

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Wegmans receives Global Innovator Award

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCHESTER, N.Y. Wegmans was the recipient of the International Housewares Association’s 2009 Global Innovator Award, the grocer announced Wednesday.

“Anticipating customer needs and being on target takes collaboration across our entire company,” stated Wegmans’ president Colleen Wegman. “Congratulations to all our exceptional merchants and our stores for such a terrific accomplishment.”

Wegmans was chosen as the winner for the U.S. market in the category of multi-store retailers. Previous U.S. honorees include Bloomingdale’s, Crate & Barrel, Target, and The Container Store.

Heather Pawlowski, Wegmans’ VP general merchandise, accepted the award on Wegmans’ behalf.

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Shopko appoints new CEO

BY Alaric DeArment

GREEN BAY, Wis. A mass-merchandising chain with stores in 13 states has appointed a new CEO.

Shopko announced Wednesday that it appointed W. Paul Jones to the position after the present CEO, Michael MacDonald, announced that he would leave the company April 3. Jones, who has worked for Shopko since November 2007 and has worked in retailing for 20 years, is the president and chief merchandising officer and will assume his new position April 6.

“I want to thank Scott King and Sun Capital for the opportunity to lead this company going forward,” Jones stated. “Shopko is blessed with many assets and many more opportunities.”

Prior to working for Shopko, Jones had leadership positions in several department stores, mid-tier chain stores and mass merchandisers, including May Department Stores, Kohl’s and Sears.

“We appreciate the foundation Mike MacDonald has laid for Shopko’s future growth,” said T. Scott King, senior managing director of Shopko parent company Sun Capital. “We are also ecstatic to have a creative merchant and strong leader like Paul Jones to lead Shopko’s talented management team in the years to come.”

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