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Jewel-Osco names VP marketing and merchandising

BY Antoinette Alexander

ITASCA, Ill. — Jewel-Osco has named company veteran Doug Cygan VP marketing and merchandising.

Cygan’s appointment will accompany the recent selection of the company’s VP operations Scott Hays under president Shane Sampson’s leadership.
  
Cygan began his career with Jewel-Osco in 1980 as a grocery clerk. He was promoted to store director, and then held positions of increasing responsibility throughout the company in the store support center in marketing and merchandising including category manager, director of marketing, VP fresh food merchandising, and VP merchandising up until 2013. When New Albertson’s Inc. assumed ownership of Jewel-Osco, Cygan was named director of grocery.
 
“At Jewel-Osco, our goal is to be the finest food and drug retailer in the United States, and all that starts with being the best for Chicago. Doug is Chicago born and bred, and like so many of our team, he has spent his entire career with Jewel-Osco. He not only knows the business and communities we serve, but also understands what  “the Jewel” means to the heart of Chicago,” Sampson said. “Doug has seen the company transition throughout the years as he learned the business from the bottom up. We’re grateful to have such phenomenal talent here to draw on, and we’re confident that the work we’re doing to make Jewel-Osco the best in Chicago will benefit from Doug’s experience and leadership.”

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Remington College Nashville Campus begins enrollment for new pharmacy tech program

BY Ryan Chavis

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Remington College Nashville Campus has started the process of enrolling students for its new Pharmacy Technician diploma program. The program incorporates a realistic pharmacy environment and a hands-on curriculum to help prepare students interested in pursuing entry-level jobs in the pharmacy field.

The program, which can be completed in as few as 13 months, includes such courses as pharmacy practice; law, ethics and therapeutic communication; dosage calculation; therapeutics, prescription entry and billing; sterile products and quality assurance; and extemporaneous compounding and inventory management.

"We are very pleased to be able to offer the Pharmacy Technician program to students in the Nashville area," said James Saulsbury, Remington College Nashville Campus president. "Pharmacy technicians will be in demand everywhere from commercial pharmacies to hospitals."

The demand for health services is expected to create a favorable job outlook for pharmacy technicians for several years, the school said, citing projected growth figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

All graduates from the program will hold two certifications: the Sterile Products Certification and the Pharmacy Technician Certification.

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P&G sees Q3 organic sales climb 3%

BY Antoinette Alexander

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble announced on Wednesday that third-quarter results met expectations, and the company remains on track to deliver top- and bottom-line growth objectives for the fiscal year.

Net sales for the quarter remained flat at $20.6 billion, including a negative three-percentage point impact from foreign exchange. P&G delivered organic sales growth of 3% for the quarter.

Fiscal year 2014 core earnings per share were $1.04, an increase of 5% versus the prior year. On a currency-neutral basis, core earnings per share increased 17% for the quarter. Diluted net earnings per share were 90 cents, an increase of 2%.

“We’re operating in a slow-growth, highly competitive environment, which places even greater importance on strong innovation and productivity improvement. We’re delivering meaningful product innovations that are attracting more consumers to our brands. We’re making good progress on our productivity plans, with cost savings and enrollment reductions ahead of going-in targets for the year. We’re confident that the cumulative benefits from these innovations and productivity improvements will lead, over time, to improved value creation for consumers, customers and shareholders,” said chairman, president and CEO A.G. Lafley.

In the beauty segment, organic sales increased 2% from innovation in hair care, deodorants and personal cleansing, and market growth. This was partially offset by a sales decrease in salon professional and skin care primarily in Asia.

In grooming, organic sales increased 1% due to higher pricing and innovation on blades and razors and appliances, which was partially offset by geographic and product mix and market contraction in developed regions.

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