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OPI names president, GM

BY Antoinette Alexander

LOS ANGELES — OPI Products has announced the appointment of John Heffner as the brand’s new president and general manager. With this change, George Schaeffer remains founder and CEO. Suzi Weiss-Fischmann will retain her title as EVP and artistic director.

"We’re thrilled to have John join the OPI family, as the nail industry is absolutely booming. OPI has been experiencing double-digit growth both domestically and internationally," stated Schaeffer. "In welcoming John, Suzi and I will be able to increase our focus on growing the brand both from an innovative standpoint and in new markets. We’re not going anywhere; we plan on being at OPI for years to come."

Heffner will manage day-to-day operations at OPI’s North Hollywood headquarters, working alongside Schaeffer. Schaeffer, who will continue to travel for the company, will primarily target ongoing development, globalization and visibility of the OPI brand. Weiss-Fischmann will continue her role in leading the company’s artistic direction.

Heffner most recently served as president and CEO for Creative Nail Design, where he worked for 14 years. Prior to joining CND, Heffner held multiple sales and marketing roles within Chesebrough Ponds USA, as well as the Procter and Gamble.

 

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Meijer takes action against hunger

BY DSN STAFF

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer will double match every customer’s $10 Simply Give donation made Sept. 2 to 8 in support of Hunger Action Month.

The Simply Give Week double match is part of a $1 million donation to the retailer’s 2012 Simply Give program, which aims to replenish the shelves of nearly 200 food pantries in its five-state region campaign.

"Hunger is a problem that continues to grow in all of our communities," Meijer co-chairman Hank Meijer announced. "This contribution shows our commitment to hunger relief in the Midwest and applauds the continued generosity our customers and team members have shown their neighbors."

The Simply Give program encourages customers to purchase $10 Meijer food pantry donation cards, which then are converted into Meijer gift cards and given to the local food pantry selected by the store.

Throughout Simply Give Week, each customer’s donation will stretch even further: For every $10 donation card purchase, Meijer will give $20 to the program, resulting in a total $30 donation.

The Simply Give program runs three times a year for about ten weeks; the fall 2012 campaign runs through Oct. 6.

Also in September, Meijer plans once again to expand its food rescue program with the addition of eight food banks in the Midwest. Participating food banks and pantries pick up fresh food — meat, cheese and select deli and bakery items — from their local Meijer store two to three days per week. An estimated 2,400 products are available to donate to food banks.

Nearly 700,000 pounds of food, which accounts for more than 527,700 meals, were donated by Meijer in 2011 to local food banks.

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Delhaize Group selects in-store software provider

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RA’ANANA, Israel — Delhaize Group has enlisted the services of Retalix for in-store software for Delhaize Group’s 3,300 locations — including more than 20,000 point-of-sale terminals — across Eurasia and the United States.

As part of the agreement, Retalix will continue to provide a wide range of products from the company’s store suite, including solutions for the POS, as well as other customer touch points, such as self-checkout. The agreement also includes solutions within Retalix’s loyalty and marketing Suite, including customer management and targeted marketing.

"Retalix is a true leader in the retail industry, and we extended and solidified our strategic partnership as they have delivered proof of delivering competitive solutions to our business and to operate effectively as a global vendor," said Frank Suykens, CIO at Delhaize Group Europe, Asia. "We look forward for Retalix to further assist us to continuously improve our store operations and customer service, and to drive innovation."

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