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Report: Jewel-Osco president Emmons to retire

BY Antoinette Alexander

CHICAGO — Jewel-Osco president William Emmons is retiring less than a year after taking the helm at the grocery chain, which is now part of New Albertsons Inc., according to a Chicago Tribune report.

The Chicago grocer has tapped Jim Rice, who has served as VP of operations since August, to take the reins on a interim basis, the Chicago Tribune reported. Rice has worked for Albertsons for more than 35 years.

Rice began his career as a part-time associate with the goal to become a store director, which he achieved in Southern California in 1986. From there, he was promoted to district manager in both Florida and Las Vegas, roles which prepared him to be VP of the Northern California division and later the president of the Southwest division.

In February 2013, it was announced that Emmons would head Jewel-Osco. Emmons was formerly president of the southern division and returned to the company following his 2010 retirement. He began working at Albertsons in 1971.

 

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After Bite introduces new formula

BY Ryan Chavis

LITTLETON, N.H. — After Bite on Tuesday announced an improvement in its formula, which now uses baking soda to alleviate and soothe bites and stings. The product — which provides relief from mosquitoes, fleas, ticks and other common insects — will be available on retail shelves beginning February 2014. 

“After Bite is a trusted family favorite,” Frank Meyer, chief marketing officer at Tender Corporation, the company After Bite, said. “Our new and improved formula adds baking soda, Grandma’s home remedy, to the formula for amplified comfort and relief of common insect bites and stings. Generations of families have come to trust in After Bite and the new formula will continue this legacy.”

Other After Bite products include: After Bite Kids, with Aloe Vera and tea tree oil, After Bite Plus with antihistamine, After Bite Outdoor with tea tree oil, After Bite Xtra and After Bite Chigger and Ant.

 

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Sens. Rockefeller, McCaskill look into Target hacking

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON — The recent breach of customer data at Target has attracted the attention of two U.S. senators.

In a letter dated Jan. 10, Democratic Sens. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia and Claire McCaskill of Missouri, respectively chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee and chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, asked Target Corp. president, chairman and CEO Gregg Steinhafel for the latest findings on how thieves managed to steal payment card data on some 40 million customers, as well as information on up to 70 million customers such as addresses, names, telephone numbers and email addresses. The breach occurred during the busiest shopping period of the year, between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15.

"It has been three weeks since the data breach was discovered, and new information continues to come out," the senators wrote. "We expect that your security experts have had time to fully examine the cause and impact of the breach and will be able to provide the committee with detailed information."

 

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