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COVER FEATURE

2018 Top Women in Grocery
Donna Marconi

Lilya Clifford

Giant Store #198,
Potomac, Md.

Giant Store #2603,
Baltimore

After she was
assigned to a
challenging store,
Clifford's keen attention to
staff training helped it achieve
its shrink goal of -1.05 percent
on a goal of -1.2 percent.
Her current store has been
consistently running 6 percent
positive in sales, and ended the
year beating EBIT budget at 11.5
percent on a budget of 11.01 percent; it also exceeded last year's
budget by 1.57 percent.
Clifford was involved in the
Susan G. Koman Race for The
Cure, serving as the food and
water donation co-ordinator for
the event, as well as encouraging
employees and customers to
participate; she also volunteers
her time with several other charitable organizations.

Under Marconi's
leadership, Store
#198 received
extraordinary customer service
feedback totaling 53 praises and
zero complaints last year.
Her store was selected to pilot
a new produce excellence program, Produce What's Possible;
she collaborated with the store's
produce specialist and produce
team for the initiative, which
helped improve in-stocks and
led to higher sales and shrink
reduction.
Marconi focused on educating
and training store associates to
recycle, as a result of which, in
2017, her location was able to recycle 63 percent of its waste; her
store also raises money for various causes with events like bake
sales and hot dog cookouts.

Gloria
Richardson

Giant Store #155,
Columbia, Md.

While managing
a challenging store
just outside of Baltimore, Richardson put processes in place to
help achieve numbers never seen
before at that location, including
unprecedented nonperishable
inventory results.
Last year, she identified,
coached and mentored five
associates who are currently in
line for promotion.
In her personal time, Richardson teaches biblical studies
to incarcerated women at Baltimore Women's Detention Center, and helps them transition
back to mainstream society;
she also supports many local
schools and received the 2017
Distinguished Achievement
Award from Gwynn Oak.

Cynthia Sacha

Giant Store #2311,
Odenton, Md.

Sacha exceeded her store's
sales budget by
7 percent by merchandising
eye-catching displays and creating a fun shopping experience;
she considers her associates to
be part of her extended family,
and that feeling of fellowship
comes through in the store.
Associate development is
one of her priorities: Hourly and
exempt associates throughout
the district are assigned to her
store for training, and last year,
she identified and trained multiple
associates at her store, as well as
helping to transition new talent to
other positions in the district.
Under Sacha's leadership,
the store's EBIT performance
increased by almost 300 percent
year over year.

Pecorino Romano P.D.O.
No ordinary sheep.
No ordinary cheese.
The Pecorino Romano P.D.O. is made with fresh whole sheep milk from
herds that are raised freely in very specific regions of Italy, following ancient
traditions that shepherds continue to adhere to still today. Accounting for
95% of the milk production, the Sardinian sheep is a breed well-known for
its rusticity and adaptability. The benefits of the Pecorino Romano P.D.O.
have been recognized as far back as the time
of the ancient Romans, with its production process staying constant for
centuries. It is a hard cheese with a typical aroma and spicy taste. Its
production is limited to the regions of Sardinia, Lazio, and the
province of Grosseto in Tuscany. An authentic Pecorino
Romano P.D.O. can be recognized by a mark on the
cheese's crust that certifies the origin and quality. The
past that accompanies the present as well as the future
of Sardinia are inextricably linked to the Pecorino
Romano.
Pecorino Romano P.D.O., a cheese that has made history.
The term "PECORINI" in Italian means cheese made from sheep's milk.

Programme funded by the Autonomous Region of Sardinia with L.R. n. 5/2015 art. 15.

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