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Rite Aid giving 100 shoppers Plenti of reasons to visit latest remodel

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid will be giving 100 Plenti cardholders in Flushing, N.Y. an evening of music at Manhattan's Hammerstein Ballroom. The first 100 shoppers hitting this weekend’s opening of the latest remodeled Rite Aid and spending at least $50 using their Plenti card between noon and 4 p.m. will be given two tickets to the July 19 PlentiTogether LIVE concert featuring Pitbull, Keith Urban and Nick Jonas.
 
The special concert event is being hosted by Plenti, the first U.S.-based loyalty coalition, of which Rite Aid is a founding partner. Announced earlier this year, Plenti is the first multi-brand rewards program in the U.S. that lets members earn points at one retailer and spend them at another through a single card. The program, operated by American Express, brings together thousands of partner retail locations including AT&T, Exxon, Macy’s, Mobil, Nationwide, Rite Aid, Direct Energy, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Hulu.
 
In addition to a chance to earn concert tickets, the celebration will include free health screenings, product samples and activities. Additional free item giveaways will also be provided to customers during the event while supplies last.
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Report: Amazon expands two-day shipping assortment for Prime members

BY DSN STAFF

SEATTLE — Amazon.com is reportedly expanding the assortment of items eligible for free two-day shipping for members of its Prime paid subscription. According to the Wall Street Journal, Amazon is now listing items shipped directly from third-party seller warehouses for free Prime two-day shipping, without any publicity.

Previously, only goods shipped from an Amazon warehouse were eligible for free Prime two-day shipping. According to online retailers quoted in the Journal, Amazon is inviting third-party sellers with good shipping records to participate in Prime. Sellers decide what items to list and must pay for shipping themselves.

Amazon can remove sellers from the Prime program at any time if they fail to meet standards. It is estimated that fewer than 10 sellers are currently participating in Prime. Amazon refused comment.

Amazon is expanding the range and features of Prime as an increasing number of other e-commerce retailers are attempting to directly compete with the free delivery service. For example, subscription-based e-commerce site Jet.com is launching soon and EBay is piloting a service to compete with Amazon Prime in Germany. Amazon has recently launched same-day free Prime shipping in a number of select cities and is also offering some private-label grocery products via Prime.

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Dollar General names key execs to new roles

BY Gina Acosta

Top row, from left: Jeff Harpole, VP, transportation; Mike Kindy, SVP, global supply chain; Steve Jacobson, SVP, global sourcing options
Bottom row, from left: Cindy Long, SVP, general merchandise manager; Carol Nakauchi, VP, division merchandise manager. 

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — On the heels of opening its 12,000th store, Dollar General has named five executives to key leadership positions within its merchandising and supply chain organizations.

The company announced internal promotions in both its merchandising and global supply chain functions as the company enhances its management team. The following promotions are effective immediately:

  • Cindy Long has been promoted to SVP, general merchandise manager with responsibility for the Apparel and Home categories. Long has been with Dollar General since 2011. Prior to joining Dollar General, Long served in leadership roles with Sears, Burlington Coat Factory, Gabriel Brothers and Family Dollar. She graduated from West Virginia University with a bachelor’s degree in textiles and clothing.
  • Carol Nakauchi has been promoted to VP, division merchandise manager, responsible for Home, which includes domestics, housewares and home décor. Nakauchi has been with Dollar General since 2010. Her experience prior to Dollar General includes roles of increasing responsibility with Longs, Britanne, Cost Plus World Market, Discovery Channel Retail, Natural Wonders and Gymboree. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in marketing.
  • Steve Jacobson has been promoted to SVP, global sourcing operations, with responsibility for enhancing the company’s global sourcing footprint. Jacobsen has been with Dollar General since 2009. Prior to joining Dollar General, he served in leadership roles with Outdoor Living Plus, K-Mart, Rite-Aid and Big V.
  • Mike Kindy has been promoted to SVP, global supply chain with responsibility for Transportation as well as Inventory and Demand Management, Demand Planning and Supply Chain Solutions. Kindy has been with Dollar General since 2007. Prior to joining Dollar General he held supply chain management positions with Conagra, Safeway and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Kindy holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Washington.
  • Jeff Harpole has been promoted to VP, Transportation with responsibility for trucking and global supply chain logistics. Harpole has been with Dollar General since 2007. Prior to joining Dollar General, Harpole served in transportation and client management roles for Schneider National.

With more than 12,000 stores in 43 states, Dollar General has more retail locations than any retailer in America.

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