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Walgreens Boots Alliance Elects Baxter International CEO To Board Of Directors

Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., said Baxter International Inc. chairman and CEO Jose E. Almeida has been elected to the retail and pharmacy chain's board of directors. Effective immediately, Almeida's appointment sees him join the board as an independent director and makes him its 11th member. Almeida has more than 25 years of experience in the health care market, including consumer health products, surgical instruments, and biopharmaceuticals.

"José E. Almeida, Chairman and CEO of Baxter International, Elected to Walgreens Boots Alliance Board of Directors", Walgreens Boots Alliance, April 19, 2017

Kroger Appoints Angel Colon Senior Diversity Director

Retailer Kroger Co. said it has appointed Angel Colon as senior director of diversity. Kroger's director of multicultural development for merchandising since 2008, Colon succeeds Rueben Shaffer who retired in March 2017. Colon has 27 years of experience in the grocery industry, holding various management roles including product management, category management, and promotions.

"Kroger Names Angel Colón Senior Director of Diversity", Kroger, April 18, 2017

E2open Picked To Manage Walgreens Boots’ Supply Chain

Walgreens Boots Alliance has selected E2open, a provider of a cloud-based supply chain operating network, to manage its Global Brands supply chain. Products in the cross-divisional portfolio of Global Brands include Boots Soltan, No7, Well at Walgreens, Soap & Glory, Liz Earle and Boots Pharmaceuticals. The E2open sales & operations planning (S&OP) solutions include demand planning, supply planning, inventory optimization, supplier collaboration, and sales and operations planning. Walgreens Boots Alliance spokesmen said E2open’s solutions will be critical to a transformation to “a seamlessly integrated organization that’s well positioned for further growth.”  [ E2open logo, image credit: © E2open  ]

"Walgreens Boots Alliance Selects E2open to Support its Global Supply Chain", News release, Walgreens Boots Alliance, April 18, 2017

Whole Foods Streamlines Operations, But At What Price?

Whole Foods Market needs to make some changes in how it operates to reverse same-store sales declines and keep investors happy. Specifically, says Jana Partners LLC, it needs to boost profit by switching to a centralized food distribution system and national buyers, like the big-box retailers. Innovations – data analytics, centralized purchasing, strict shelf management – implemented by a former Target exec are designed to streamline operations enough to cut costs, lower prices, and make it competitive with other retailers. But the company’s smaller suppliers, along with some industry consultants, argue that a change like that would compromise the company’s ability to quickly stock foodie trends and popular local brands. The changes may ...  More

"Whole Foods Aims to Cut Prices but Keep Its Cachet", The Wall Street Journal, April 16, 2017

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Febreze Launches Walmart Campaign Featuring Olympic Gold Medalist Laurie Hernandez And Mom

Procter & Gamble's odor-control brand Febreze launched a campaign at Walmart featuring Olympic gold medalist and Dancing with the Stars champion Laurie Hernandez and her mother, Wanda. Marking the first time the brand's Walmart campaign has featured a Latina mother-and-daughter team, Febreze's marketing efforts aim to promote the new Febreze with OdorClear odor-eliminating technology. Also, Hernandez and her mother appear in an Odor Ode video campaign introduced in April 2017.

"Olympian, Dancing with the Stars Champion Laurie Hernandez Shares the Spotlight with Her Mom in New Campaign for Febreze at Walmart", Business Wire, April 19, 2017

Sephora Buys Turkey's Cosmetics Retailer Tekin Acar

Beauty company Sephora has acquired Turkey-based cosmetics retailer Tekin Acar. Subject to approval by the country's Competition Board, the sale came several months after Tekin Acar chief executive Tekin Acar revealed his company and the market were “facing difficulties.” According to the executive, a growing number of local retailers are having financial difficulties.

"France’s Sephora acquires Turkey’s Tekin Acar Cosmetics", Hurriyet Daily News, April 18, 2017

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