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Report: Kroger’s expansion into loyalty, e-commerce keeping HR department busy

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI — Kroger has ramped up its headquarter workforce by 50% since 2008, according to a recent report posted on Cincinnati.com, a Gannett Company. 
 
The supermarket operator has created roughly 100 jobs a year for six years, according to the report, thanks to advances in loyalty card utilization and the company's exploration of e-commerce.
 
Kroger's expansion of private label penetration also has contributed to the job growth, the report noted. 
 
For example, Laura Studaway joined Kroger in 2007 as the grocer's health and beauty category manager. According to the report, she's an engineer by trade and took the job at Kroger as she relocated to Cincinnati from Minnesota. "I love my job because it's like owning your own business unit," she told Cincinnati.com. "I'm empowered to make decisions."
 
 
 

 

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Walmart CEO takes firm stance against ‘religious freedom’ bill in Arkansas

BY Marianne Wilson

NEW YORK — Arkansas native and Walmart president and CEO Doug McMillon has taken a firm stance against a “religious freedom” measure passed by the Arkansas House on Tuesday. The bill (HB1228) is similar to the one that has kicked up a firestorm in Indiana.
 
“Today’s passage of HB1228 threatens to undermine the spirit of inclusion present throughout the state of Arkansas and does not reflect the values we proudly uphold. For these reasons, we are asking Governor Hutchinson to veto this legislation,” McMillon wrote in a statement released on the retailer’s Twitter account.”
 
According to the Wall Street Journal, Gov. Asa Hutchinson asked that the bill be recalled, adding that it must be made clear that it's not the intent of the state to discriminate. 
 
McMillon, who hails from Jonesboro, Arkansas, graduated from the University of Arkansas and received a MBA from the University of Tulsa.
 
“Every day, in our stores, we see firsthand the benefits diversity and inclusion have on our associates, customers and communities we serve," McMillon wrote in the tweet. "It all starts with our core basic belief of respect for the individual.”
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Dollar General helps customers spring into savings

BY Gina Acosta

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General is thinking digital this spring with a new way to appeal to coupon-clipping customers.

The retailer is launching a new digital coupon program called Fast Way to Save that offers customers approximately $200 each week in online coupon savings now through April 19.
 
Customers will see additional weekly specials on dozens of discounts on Easter merchandise and a buy-one, get-one free sale on select apparel and accessories, as well as its everyday low prices on thousands of items throughout the store.
 
"It is an especially exciting time at all Dollar General stores and online this week as customers can begin saving even more on the products they consistently know and trust from Dollar General," said Dave D'Arezzo, Dollar General's executive vice president and chief merchandising officer. "Particularly noteworthy are the exceptional deals available through our Fast Way to Save digital coupon program where customers can save on products from America's most popular brands and our own 100 percent satisfaction-guaranteed private brands."
 
Now through April 19, Dollar General will offer digital coupons through its spring Fast Way to Save program from companies including Dollar General's own 100% satisfaction-guaranteed private brands. All digital coupons may only be redeemed one time through April 19.
 
To enroll or upload these coupons, customers may log in to their electronic DG Digital Coupon account either through Dollar General's website at www.dollargeneral.com/coupons or through the DG mobile app.
 
Dollar General has more than 11,700 stores in 43 states.

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