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Supervalu business optimization head assumes reins of wholesale business, too

BY Michael Johnsen

 MINNEAPOLIS — Supervalu on Thursday morning announced it has named Janel Haugarth to lead its independent business organization, replacing Leon Bergmann, who has decided to leave the company. 

“We thank Leon for his contributions, and we wish him well,” stated Wayne Sales, Supervalu president, CEO and chairman. “Fortunately, Janel is able to step right into the position and bring an immediate wealth of experience, strong retailer relationships and a tremendous passion for our independent business, having spent the majority of her career in this area. We are confident in her ability and the skills she brings to this role during this critical time in our company’s turnaround.”

Haugarth is a 35-year veteran of the company and returns to the independent business organization, where she brings knowledge and leadership in serving the needs of the more than 2,000 independent grocery retailers that Supervalu supplies nationwide. In addition, Haugarth will continue in her role leading Supervalu’s business optimization efforts. Her appointment as president of independent business and business optimization is effective immediately.

Bergmann joined the company in January 2011 as group VP independent sales, marketing and merchandising and was named president of the organization in July of that year. Bergmann’s last day is Oct. 19. 

 

 

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Kmart introduces Latina Smart internship program

BY Alaric DeArment

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Kmart is looking for five interns for a new program designed to provide opportunities to Hispanic women.

The mass merchandise retailer announced Wednesday the launch of its Latina Smart internship program to coincide with National Hispanic Heritage Month. The program, part of the Latina Smart initiative launched last year, offers a 10-week paid internship at the corporate headquarters of Kmart parent company Sears Holdings in Hoffman Estates, Ill. A 2011 student survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers showed that new college graduates who had internships did "far better" in the job market than those who didn’t.

"Kmart embraces the opportunity to support the ambitions of our diverse community," Kmart interim chief marketing officer Andrew Stein said. "Through the Latina Smart internship program, we aim to empower young Hispanic women looking to enter the competitive workforce by providing professional advancement opportunities that will bridge the gap between education and experience."

Candidates can submit a resume and 200-word essay on a section of Kmart’s website created for the program between Wednesday and Dec. 31. Candidates will be notified of whether they’ve been accepted in April 2013, and the internship program will begin a month later.

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Swiffer campaign challenges consumers to “Man Up, Clean Up”

BY DSN STAFF

CINCINATTI – Swiffer has launched a "Man Up, Clean Up" campaign to encourage men to contribute more to household cleaning. While the percentage of men who say they do most of the household cleaning has increased, other studies suggest that men exaggerate how much they really help out around the house. The new campaign intends to better equip men to do their fair share.

The "Man Up, Clean Up" campaign launched September 27-30 at the Las Vegas BikeFest, with Rick Harrison of History’s Pawn Stars talking to consumers about the age-old cleaning debate. Harrison was chosen for the official spokesman position because he embodies Swiffer’s philosophy that even the toughest guys can do their part to help out around the home, the company stated.

At Swiffer’s BikeFest booth, attendees could participate in "Man Up, Clean Up" challenges that ranged from tests of strength to such cleaning tests as dusting and floor-cleaning.

A series of light-hearted "how to" videos, info-graphics and e-cards created by Swiffer can be shared online to demonstrate how easy it is to help with household cleanup. On Swiffer’s Facebook page, men who already help out with household chores can identify themselves and share stories of why it’s "worth it" to contribute to housework.

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