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Kroger partners with USO

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI Kroger has partnered with the United Services Organization to salute those in the armed forces and their families.

Through mid-August, customers and associates at participating locations of the Kroger family of stores will be able to show their appreciation and gratitude to service members by donating spare change in specially marked coin boxes at check stands. All of the funds raised will support the broad range of programs and services the USO provides to military personnel and their families.

The campaign will run in select Kroger stores in Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee and Texas; in Ralphs and Food 4 Less stores in California; in Dillon Stores in Kansas and Missouri; and in Baker’s stores in Nebraska. Roughly 1,300 stores will participate.

“We are deeply indebted to our service members and their families for the many sacrifices they make on a daily basis on behalf of all Americans. Kroger is honored to partner with the USO to thank our military families for all they do,” said Lynn Marmer, group VP corporate affairs for Kroger.

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Duracell launches myGrid mobile device chargers

BY Allison Cerra

BETHEL, Conn. Duracell has expanded its Smart Power line with a new product designed to charge the latest mobile devices.

New myGrid kits now are available for Apple products and smart phones with micro-USB ports. The kits allow devices to wirelessly charge, eliminating the frustration of having multiple charging cords that can clutter up the home or office space and take up electrical outlets.

“Consumers today want a simpler way of charging the devices that are vital to their day-to-day lives. With new devices being introduced at a rapid pace, we’re bringing consumers new innovations to help realize their personal power needs,” said Rick June, Duracell VP and general manager, North America.

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Martindale succeeds Standley as Rite Aid’s COO

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. Rite Aid on Thursday promoted Ken Martindale to COO, succeeding John Standley who was promoted to president and CEO following the Rite Aid annual meeting conducted Wednesday.

“In a very short time, [Martindale] has had a significant impact on a number of the initiatives we’re implementing to improve our performance and grow profitable sales, including the launch of our new customer loyalty program Wellness+, the revamping and expansion of our private brand program and our segmentation strategies for low volume stores,” Standley said. “Add to that his first hand experience in store operations during his extensive retail career, and Rite Aid has a very talented and accomplished new COO.”

Martindale will have overall responsibility for all store operations as well as category management, marketing, merchandising and supply chain. Martindale was senior EVP merchandising prior to the promotion. 

Martindale, 50, joined Rite Aid in December 2008. Previously, he served as co-president, chief merchandising and marketing officer for Pathmark prior to that company’s sale to A&P. Martindale started his retail career in 1975 with Smith’s Food and Drug Centers, where he climbed the ladder from a district manager in store operations to SVP marketing and SVP sales and merchandising. In January 1998, he joined Fred Meyer where he served as EVP sales and procurement.

During his retail career, Martindale also founded and operated Orchard Street Inc. a food retailer in Salt Lake City; consulted for national and regional food retailers on category management, marketing and strategic planning; and served as president, CEO and chairman of Intesource Inc., a software company designed to help food and drug retail, wholesale and manufacturing clients with procurement.

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