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Publix finds home in North Carolina

BY Allison Cerra

LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix is entering the North Carolina market.

The company said its first store, which will be part of a new division based in Charlotte, will be located in Ballantyne, N.C., and has tentative plans to open in 2014. Publix said it is looking ahead to continued growth within North Carolina, along with its current operating areas of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee.

"Our customers and associates have long asked us to come to North Carolina," Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw said. "We look forward to providing the Charlotte community with the high quality service and products that our customers have come to expect and that have earned us recognition throughout the industry. I am proud of our associate owners for their commitment to exceeding our customers’ expectations, which has allowed Publix to continue to grow in new markets."

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Coty selects Jean Mortier to lead its Prestige business

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Beauty company Coty has appointed Jean Mortier as president of its Prestige business, effective immediately.

Mortier has served as SVP, commercial for Coty since 2005. He succeeds Michele Scannavini, who was named CEO of Coty in July after serving as president of Coty Prestige for 10 years. In his new capacity, Mortier will lead the continued development and growth of the Coty Prestige portfolio, as well as seek new business ventures and collaborations. Based in Paris, he will also serve on Coty’s executive committee.

"Jean’s strong retailer partnerships, his focus on growth and his understanding of the dynamics of consolidated and emerging markets will be key assets in moving Coty toward the next stage of our success," Scannavini stated. "He has established fantastic and constructive relationships throughout the entire organization and is a role model of our ‘Faster. Further. Freer.’ culture."

"I’m honored that Coty’s leadership has chosen me to take the reins from Michele after his successful leadership of our Prestige business," stated Mortier. "I am eager to get started and contribute to this new era at Coty." 

Prior to Coty, Mortier joined Unilever in 1984 and held positions in finance, internal audit, human resources, sales and trade marketing; in 1996, he joined Calvin Klein Cosmetics as SVP and CFO. When Coty purchased Unilever Cosmetics International in July 2005, Mortier was SVP there.

At Unilever Cosmetics, Mortier was responsible for managing all affiliate markets outside North America, distributor markets and global travel retail. Under the Unilever Cosmetics International umbrella, he built a diversified portfolio of designer brands, including Calvin Klein Cosmetics, Vera Wang and European designer fragrance brands Cerruti, Chloe and Lagerfeld.

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P&G, National Breast Cancer Foundation team up to fight breast cancer

BY Antoinette Alexander

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble Company and the National Breast Cancer Foundation have kicked off the fifth annual Give Hope program and its “Do It For the Girls!” campaign designed to rally women to take control of their breast health, take action and create an early detection plan in the fight against breast cancer.

One-in-8 women will get breast cancer in her lifetime, but if detected in the early (localized) stage, the five-year survival rate is 98%. Routine breast self-exams and a predetermined early detection plan are the most powerful tools in the fight against breast cancer, and save thousands of lives every year.

Campaign representative and breast cancer survivor Giuliana Rancic, along with P&G employee survivors, will lead the "Do It For the Girls!” Day of Action on Sept. 20 via a Twitter party, #GiveHope, designed to motivate women to conduct a breast self-exam this day, and take the first steps toward implementing an early detection plan.

“The early detection message is vitally important to me, and one that I need all women to hear and act upon, especially since it saved my life,” Rancic stated. “There are no second chances with breast cancer — and one of every eight of us are going to get it. The most critical recourse to surviving the disease is to catch it before it spreads, and the only way to catch it early is to be proactive about managing our breast health.”

Women are strongly encouraged to participate in the "Do It For the Girls!" Day of Action by joining the Twitter party, conducting a breast self-exam and spreading the word with friends and family on Facebook. Participants can create a symbol of their commitment to breast cancer early detection through a custom photo app found at Facebook.com/pgmygive. The goal is to create enough social momentum for this early detection call-to-action, that the message not only reaches women nationwide, but motivates them to take action. P&G also is incentivizing participation by donating $1 to the NBCF for every profile picture created, up to $25,000.

Consumers also can participate in the program by redeeming coupons from the Sept. 30 and Oct. 14 P&G BrandSaver found in Sunday papers across the nation with discounts for P&G products including, but not limited to, Always, Clairol, Cover Girl, Crest and Olay.

For each BrandSaver coupon redeemed, P&G will donate 2 cents and 1 cent, respectively, (uncapped) to the NBCF. Since 2008, P&G has raised $1.9 million for the NBCF through this effort. The funds support the NBCF’s mission to save lives through early detection education and to provide mammograms for those in need.

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