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H-E-B launches Shipt grocery delivery in Texas

BY Gina Acosta

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — H-E-B is teaming up with Shipt, an app-based grocery delivery service that serves 25 major metropolitan areas across the country, to bring grocery delivery to customers across the state of Texas.

The service launches June 29 in Houston. Shipt is already operating in San Antonio H-E-B stores.

Through the Shipt app, members shop a full selection of groceries, note any preferences, choose a one-hour delivery window and pay for their order. Shipt connects members with a community of shoppers who hand pick their items and deliver them as soon as one hour after the order is placed.

“Over the past year, Shipt has rapidly introduced grocery delivery to cities across the country. We are one of the fastest-growing on-demand services in the United States, and H-E-B is the type of grocer with whom we seek to partner due to their commitment to quality food, excellent customer service and dedication to their local communities,” said Bill Smith, founder and CEO of Shipt. “Through our partnership with H-E-B, we will make life easier for busy individuals and families, while creating jobs across Texas. We care deeply about serving H-E-B customers and the communities in which we operate, and look forward to providing our members with more time to focus on the things they care about most.”

In addition to providing grocery delivery from H-E-B stores 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, Shipt will also partner with Central Market to provide on-demand grocery delivery. Through the partnership, H-E-B and Central Market customers will be able to select and purchase their groceries through Shipt’s mobile app and schedule delivery as soon as one hour after placing their orders. Orders then will be fulfilled by Shipt’s community of shoppers who select items and deliver them.

“H-E-B has provided high-quality groceries to Texans for more than 110 years. We are connected to our customers throughout all of our markets, and always are looking for new ways to make the grocery shopping experience more convenient,” said Greg Souquette, senior vice president and general manager of San Antonio operations at H-E-B. “Shipt shares this commitment, as well as our belief in community development and engagement, which is why we are thrilled to announce this new partnership.”

 

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Walmart Canada promotes COO to top spot

BY Dan Berthiaume
Walmart Canada has appointed Lee Tappenden, COO, Walmart Canada to the position of president and CEO, Walmart Canada, effective Aug. 15.
 
Tappenden joined Walmart in 1996 and has held a number of global leadership roles with the company, including chief merchandising officer with Walmart Japan and VP of merchandising for the international division.
 
After joining the Walmart Canada leadership team in 2010 as senior VP, merchandise operations, Tappenden also served as chief merchandising officer. He will report to David Cheesewright, president and CEO, Walmart International.
 
"Lee is extremely well poised to lead Walmart Canada and continue the momentum of growth we are seeing in this market," said Cheesewright. "He has demonstrated outstanding leadership throughout his career with Walmart internationally in both merchandising and operations, but he also brings to the role a real passion and heart for our associates and customers. Lee is the kind of person who genuinely cares about the well-being of the people who work in and shop at our stores every day – and that's one of the things that make him an incredibly special leader."
 
Tappenden replaces Dirk Van den Berghe, who was reassigned to Walmart’s Asia region as part of a global executive shuffle earlier in June. With today's announcement, Bob Hakeem, chief administrative officer, Walmart Canada will assume the role of COO. After joining Walmart Canada in 2008 as senior VP for the Walmart Canada people division, Hakeem was named executive VP, HR in 2012.
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Rite Aid Foundation donates $50,000 for West Virginia flood relief

BY Gina Acosta

CAMP HILL, Pa. – The Rite Aid Foundation pledged a $50,000 donation to the American Red Cross West Virginia Region over the weekend to help the victims, families and communities affected by this month's historic flooding.

"One of Rite Aid’s core values is to be a caring neighbor in the communities we serve and that’s especially true in times of need," said Ken Martindale, Rite Aid CEO of stores, president of Rite Aid Corporation and president of The Rite Aid Foundation. "The need in West Virginia, where Rite Aid has had a presence for many years, is great and we are proud to partner with the American Red Cross as they work tirelessly to provide relief and support to so many in their hour of need.”

Widespread flooding that began in West Virginia Thursday has left at least 25 people dead, destroyed thousands of homes, and prompted Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to declare a federal disaster.

Rite Aid operates 104 stores and one distribution center in West Virginia. The company employs nearly 1,900 associates across the state.

Since its inception in 2001, the Rite Aid Foundation has awarded more than $25 million to nonprofits. Additionally, Rite Aid, through the efforts of its customers, supplier partners and associates, has also raised more than $75 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals across the country since 1994. 

 

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