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Kroger names new president of its Columbus division

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI —  Kroger on Tuesday announced Joe Grieshaber has been named president of Kroger's Columbus Division, replacing Bruce Macaulay, who is retiring after 42 years with Kroger.
 
"Joe is an accomplished leader with a diverse background and expertise in our fresh departments," said Mike Ellis, Kroger's president and COO. "His strong values and engagement with our associates will ensure continued growth and success in our Columbus division. We are looking forward to Joe's continued leadership."
 
Grieshaber, 57, began his career with Kroger in 1983 as a store management trainee in Nashville, Tenn. He has served in a variety of leadership roles with Kroger, including meat merchandiser, district manager and as VP merchandising for the Columbus division. In 2003, he was named group VP perishables merchandising and procurement, where he was responsible for fresh and natural foods throughout Kroger's family of stores. He has served in his current role as president of Dillons since 2010.
 
Grieshaber has actively supported community organizations throughout his career. He serves on the boards of the Hutchinson Regional Health Care System, state and local Chambers of Commerce, and the local United Way. He and his wife Vickie have three grown daughters.
 
Grieshaber joined Ellis and the Kroger family in wishing Macaulay all the best in retirement. "Bruce's passion for our associates, customers and the community have contributed to Kroger's growth in countless ways. While his knowledge, compassion and guidance will be missed, Bruce's legacy will continue within our industry, company and the community," he said. 
 
Grieshaber's successor will be named at a later date, Kroger stated. 
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Meijer kicks off Skechers concept shop pilot

BY Michael Johnsen

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer announced Tuesday that it's continuing to up its fashion game with the spring launch of a Skechers concept shop inside the Knapp's Corner Meijer, roughly one year after the retailer unveiled a fresh approach to lure grocery customers across the center aisle to its apparel offerings.
 
"Our customers have realized just how serious we are about providing on-trend fashion items at the right price," stated Peter Whitsett, EVP merchandising and marketing for Meijer. "As one of the largest retailers of Skechers across the Midwest, this project strengthens our commitment to customers and gives families a convenient place to shop for shoes together."
 
Meijer has offered the Skechers shoe brand for more than a decade and hopes to enhance the shoe-buying experience for its trend-savvy customers. The 804-sq.-ft. Skechers concept shop at the Knapp's Corner Meijer is a pilot project that may be incorporated into select future store remodel or new store plans. It is also the newest — and largest — shop of its kind within a retailer nationwide with more than 200 of the latest shoe styles for men, women and children on display.
 
"Meijer has been a strong Skechers partner for many years, so we're thrilled to expand our retail presence in their stores with this new shop in shop concept," Skechers SVP domestic sales Rick Graham said. "It will showcase the Skechers brand with impactful visual displays, and create an accessible environment that is easy for customers to shop in. Working with great partners like Meijer has elevated our business and we're excited to experience the positive results from this store remodel."
 
The Skechers concept shop will feature four video screens to present product information and lifestyle news, including celebrity endorsements of Skechers shoes. A grand opening celebration will be held at the concept shop from noon to 4 p.m. March 21 and will include giveaways, shoe experts from Meijer and Skechers, and photos with mascots Crash from the Grand Rapids Whitecaps and Griff from the Grand Rapids Griffins.
 
"Skechers remains a very popular national shoe brand for our customers, who are looking for style and fit at an affordable price," said Glen Reinart, divisional merchandise manager of shoes, jewelry and accessories for Meijer. "Their designs and technology are kept fresh and appeal to all ages. This new concept shop is a perfect way for our customers to easily find the Skechers style and fit that matches their lifestyle."
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ECRM eyes supplier diversity at recent event

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SOLON, Ohio — Efficient Collaborative Retail Marketing hosted a category review for Bi-Lo Holdings at ECRM’s Snack & Dry Grocery event that took place in late February. During that time, the company — which operates 800 stores under the Bi-Lo, Harveys and Winn-Dixie banners — met with more than 70 suppliers, including potential participants in its Supplier Diversity Program.
 
The goal of the program is to develop beneficial, successful and long-term partnerships with minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses, ECRM said.
 
“We operate in one of the most diverse areas of the country. Our desire is to provide products and services that reflect this diversity,” said Derek Lott, senior director of supplier diversity at Bi-Lo Holdings.  
 
Kate Armstrong, supplier diversity manager at Bi-Lo Holdings, added that “this most recent ECRM experience bridges the diversity compliance work that we do, with the normal retail/buying process. It’s a real game changer for us.”
 
Armstrong said the company is planning to introduce more diverse supplier in upcoming ECRM events. “And more importantly, we are partnering with ECRM to produce several events specifically tailored to the diverse supplier community,” she said.
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