Progressive Grocer

JUN 2016

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Rising staRs Pam Hudson district operations Coordinator, the Kroger Co./dillons Under Hudson's guid- ance, District 1 achieved a deboRaH JaCobs district manager, the Kroger Co./ atlanta division Jacobs helped grow sales in her district by 4.51 percent; identical-store sales were up 3.8 percent and operating profit increased 4.75 percent. She worked to develop and promote leaders within the organization; her district was innovative in putting together sourcing teams, developing high-potential assistant managers and staff- ing stores in areas with low unemployment. Jacobs was instrumental in developing customer service toolkits for all of her store associates; the program was so successful that it was expanded as a best practice across the division. Lynn Howitz division Facility manager, the Kroger Co./delta division Howitz created a commu- nication network for 152 fa- cility engineers, technicians, mechanics and carpenters for an optimized workforce. She worked on the Energy Star Saver program and pi- loted a store that measures carbon dioxide hoods and in- cludes control panel program- ming that monitors panes, water heaters, water usage and roofing developments. Howitz reduced facil- ity overtime by 27 percent in the second half of the year by setting standard expectations and providing constant communication to all team members across six districts. level-one food safety train- ing, the We Care program and other related training. A charter member of Kroger's Women's EDGE resource group, Hudson joined its community involvement committee. 2.97 percent sales increase and ranked first in labor controls. District 1 has also delivered the best food safety results for the past two years, thanks in part to her involvement in Charity Hegel Charity Hegel Vice President of Finance Vice President of Finance Charity For being selected as one of 2016's Top Women in Grocery

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