Gig Economy

How Walmart’s ‘Project Gigaton’ is saving emissions — and saving along the company’s bottom line.

Lowe's Appoints Executive Vice President, Supply Chain

Mooresville, N.C. — Lowe's Companies, Inc. has named Donald E. Frieson as executive vice president, supply chain, effective August 8, 2018. He will be responsible for the company's distribution centers, logistics, global sourcing, transportation and delivery services. Frieson will report to Marvin R. Ellison, president and CEO.

Walmart Unveils Plans for Expanding EV Charging Stations and Doubling U.S. Wind and Solar Energy Use

Bentonville, Ark. — On April 18, 2018, Walmart announced that suppliers have reported reducing more than 20 million metric tons (MMT) of greenhouse gas emissions in the global value chain, as part of the company’s Project Gigaton initiative. Walmart launched Project Gigaton last April, seeking to work with suppliers to reduce emissions from the company’s value chain by a gigaton, or one billion metric tons, by 2030. The emissions reduction progress was shared at Walmart’s annual Sustainability Milestone Summit, where expanded commitments on solar and wind power, as well as electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, were also discussed.

Hertz Names New Chief Retail Operations Officer

Estero, Fla. — Hertz Global Holdings, Inc., has hired Paul Stone as executive vice president and chief retail operations officer (CROO), North America. Stone, who will join Hertz on March 6, brings more than 30 years of operational expertise from his leadership roles with retail giants Sam's Club/ Walmart and Cabela's.

Kaivac Opens New Corporate Campus to Support Sales Growth

Hamilton, Ohio — Kaivac, developers of the No-Touch Cleaning® and OmniFlex™ cleaning systems, marks a milestone in its corporate history. In October, the company will move to a new, multi-building corporate campus. The company’s new address will be: 2680 Van Hook Ave., Hamilton, OH 45015.

3 Key Trends Shaping the Future of Grocery Retailing

Rockville, Md. — What could be said 20 years ago is even truer today: The U.S. food retailing business has never been more competitive. According to The Future of Food Retailing: Value Grocery Shopping in the U.S., a brand new report by market research firm Packaged Facts, there are a number of trends that are putting pressure on food retailers of all stripes, from supermarkets whose bread and butter is groceries to supercenters and drugstores for which food is a smaller but still crucial part of the product mix.

Fazoli's Names New Chief Financial Officer

Lexington, Ky.Fazoli's has made three new appointments within its corporate finance department, including the hiring of David Hasler as chief financial officer. Hasler spent the past 10 years in finance roles with Walmart, most recently as senior director of global treasury.

Be The Good

Walmart embarks on a new era of “trust and transparency,” expanding on its 2005 environmental sustainability goals with ambitious new goals set for 2025.

The Vitamin Shoppe Hires Chief Operating Officer

Secaucus, N.J. — Vitamin Shoppe, Inc., a leading specialty retailer and manufacturer of nutritional products, has hired Jason Reiser as chief operating officer, effective July 11, 2016. He joins the Vitamin Shoppe from Dollar Tree, Inc. (successor to Family Dollar), where he was most recently executive vice president, chief merchandising officer for its Family Dollar business.

RMS Appoints New Director-Sales Support Walmart

Minneapolis — Retail Merchandising Services, Inc. (RMS) has hired Don Cannon as director-sales support Walmart to continue RMS's expansion into regional and national retailers and will be the lead account manager for Walmart and Walmart's supplier partners.

DWM Facilities Maintenance Hires Strategic Account Manager

Latham, N.Y. — Heather Barclay is joining DWM Facilities Maintenance as strategic account manager. She brings nearly 10 years of account management experience in the retail industry, previously managing product development and distribution for Wal-Mart, Burlington Coat Factory and DSW.

Walmart’s Way

Walmart leads the retail industry in LED lighting applications, teaming up with GE Lighting to achieve a 40% reduction in store lighting costs worldwide.

Petland Hires Former Walmart VP

Chillicothe, Ohio — Petland, Inc. has hired Tony Samples as vice president of corporate stores. Samples will lead Petland's retail store division and oversee the company's merchandising and marketing efforts. He joins Petland from Wal-Mart Stores.

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