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Stater Bros. promotes CFO

BY Alaric DeArment

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Stater Bros. has promoted David Harris to EVP finance, the southern California supermarket chain said.

Harris began working for the chain in 2009 as VP finance and was promoted to SVP finance in 2011. A year later, he was promoted to CFO and principal accounting officer. Before working for Stater Bros., he was a partner with Ernst & Young in Riverside and Irvine, both cities near San Bernardino, Calif., where Stater Bros. is headquartered.

"Dave’s promotion is well-deserved and attributable to his integrity, dedication and excellent financial management skills," Stater Bros. CEO and chairman Jack Brown said. "Dave is a key contributor to the continued growth of the company."

 

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Walmart, Salvation Army partner to ‘Fill the Truck’

BY Ryan Chavis

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart and the Salvation Army on Tuesday announced the second annual "Fill the Truck" toy drive, which will help bring toys to thousands of children. The toy drive begins Nov. 29 through Dec. 15 on select weekends in 1,600 stores across the country.

"The holidays are a time for gifting, and a time for giving," Scott McCall, senior vice president of toys and seasonal at Walmart U.S. said. "We think every child should have something under their Christmas tree. Our hope is that the Fill the Truck toy drive will help bring holiday cheer to hundreds of thousands of children across the country."

The toy drive is part of Walmart’s long-standing partnership with the Salvation Army.

"Walmart has been such a big supporter of The Salvation Army and we are so appreciative of all the hard work they put into Fill the Truck," Major Ron Busroe, national community relations and development secretary for The Salvation Army said. "This year, Fill the Truck is reaching even more customers and our hope is to provide more children with a Christmas toy that they would not receive otherwise."

This year, the Walmart Foundation donated $1 million dollars to the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign, which will be applied to Salvation Army feeding programs across the nation. Additionally, Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs will host the Salvation Army’s red kettles and bell ringers between Nov.29 and Dec. 24, 2013. All donations made to the red kettles stay in the local communities that they’re collected in and will help the Salvation Army to provide food, clothing, shelter and other services to around 30 million people this year.

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Canada’s Jean Coutu Group unveils e-store window for holiday season

BY Antoinette Alexander

LONGUEUIL, Quebec — The Jean Coutu Group is looking to bolster holiday sales and make shopping even easier this holiday season with the launch of an e-store window inside the Longueuil Metro Station.

Located in the A Wing of the Longueuil Metro Station, a key public transit hub, the e-store window allows consumers to make holiday purchases online on the spot using their smartphones. Purchased items can be delivered to the address of their choosing before Dec. 24.

The e-store window offers several products of the Jean Coutu Online Boutique, such as fragrances, toys, candy and electronic products.

"This initiative differentiates us on the online shopping market and offers consumers the opportunity to make holiday season shopping both easy and effective," said Alain Lafortune, EVP of purchasing and marketing at the Jean Coutu Group.

From their smartphones, customers can scan the QR code associated to a product on display in the e-store shop window. Once the code is scanned, the consumer is directed to the Jean Coutu Online Boutique to proceed with the transaction. The e-store window will be available until Dec. 13.

 

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