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COVER FEATURE

2018 Top Women in Grocery
Samantha
Weinstein

Director, Media
Operations,
Advantage
Solutions/Advantage
Media Solutions

Working with upscale grocer
The Fresh Market, Weinstein
came up with a plan to improve
the correlation between ad exposure and in-store traffic.
She also boosted her team's
efficiency to keep up with
revenue growth of more than
50 percent, without increasing
incremental cost.
In collaboration with leadership
at Advantage Media Solutions,
as well as with Retailtainment,
Advantage's demonstration partnership with Walmart, Weinstein
was a key part of the team that
devised a video demo product
that could be delivered programmatically, thereby broadening
Advantage Media's and Retailtainment's digital demonstration
capabilities.

Bessie Berdusis
Director, Managed
Care, Albertsons
Cos./Corporate

Berdusis coordinated flu-season efforts across pharmacy
functional groups, with the result
that Albertsons protected 13
percent more patients than in the
previous flu season, contributing
$6.3 million in additional sales.
She led the expansion of Albertsons' service offering to include
innovative practice areas, among
them pharmacist-prescribed
hormonal contraception and medications for opioid overdoses.
When the specialty pharmacy needed assistance with
standardized processes and
data, Berdusis took on additional duties so that one of her
coordinators could assume new
responsibilities in specialty, and
offered coaching and support to
assure a successful outcome.

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Lynn Blasio

Senior Director,
Operations, Ahold
Ecommerce Sales,
an affiliate of
Peapod

Susan Voelkner
Center Store
Operations
Specialist
Albertsons Cos./
Acme Division

Under Blasio's leadership, the Ahold
Ecommerce Sales facility was
recognized by both internal and
external safety and sanitation
audits as a top-rated distribution
center in the area.

Voelkner's leadership and organizational skills
led to an increase in sales and
reduction in losses not just for
center store, which she oversees
for Acme's District 9, but also for
the entire operation.

Year-over-year customer
engagement scores improved
as a result of her highly engaged
management and associate
teams, which daily review customer feedback and implement
plans to improve service.

She significantly reduced
back-room assets in her district,
from 12.13 percent in March 2017
to a mere 6.21 percent this past
January.

The facility achieved the
highest associate engagement
scores in the company, thanks to
an aggressive associate engagement plan implemented by Blasio
that includes daily interactions
with associates as well as associate events held each month.

Christina Boyle
Senior Manager,
Administration
Services and
Facilities,
Albertsons Cos./
Corporate

Committed to driving sales
by focusing on push items
throughout her district,
Voelkner pushed own-brand
Signature Select K-Cups for a
$109,000 sales increase, and
generated a $43,000 sales lift
for Snack Artist pretzel, and
a $123,000 sales increase for
Rao's pasta sauce. 

Kendal
Callender

Director of Digital
Partnerships and
Shopper Innovation,
Albertsons Cos./
Corporate

Boyle assumed oversight of the
Deer Valley annual budget planning and monthly general ledger
follow-up, quickly developing
a strong understanding of the
operating budgets and becoming
the "go-to" person for questions
or resolution.

An up-and-coming leader in the
shopper marketing and grocery
space, Callender has become the
person many CPG companies go
to for consulting and programming-mix recommendations, as
well as shopper marketing innovation investment and activation.

She also took on responsibility
for the mailroom and receiving
staff, as well as for managing the
reception staff.

Under her guidance, Albertsons' shopper marketing activation grew 20 percent nationally
year over year. 

Embracing yet more duties,
including those well outside of
her past and current experience, Boyle now oversees
Albertsons fleet vehicles, and
recently represented the grocer
at the annual small-truck fleet
event for vehicles used by its IT
technicians. 

Callender was a speaker at two
P2PI shopper marketing events
this year, as well as providing
keynote support at partner
agency events, and she also took
over Albertsons' WIIN (Women's
Inspiration and Inclusion Network) chairperson position this
past January. 

RISING STARS

Jane Anderson
Senior Manager,
Environmental
Compliance,
Albertsons Cos./
Corporate

An environmental professional with more than
25 years of experience in due
diligence, contaminant transport,
and remediation and environmental compliance implementation,
Anderson created an innovative,
extensive environmental module in
a database specifically designed
for risk management and safety.
She improved systems within
the environmental affairs group
for annual reporting of hazardous
material inventory and compliance audits; the new systems
streamline the process while
ensuring accuracy in reporting.
Anderson participates in both
Albertsons' Toastmasters Club
and Women's Inspiration and Inclusion Network (WIIN) to improve
her networking, leadership and
presentation skills. 

Christy DuncanAnderson
Executive Director,
Albertsons Cos./
Corporate

Creator of the
successful Hunger
Is annual campaign to eradicate
childhood hunger, Duncan-Anderson also developed the Hunger
Is Advisory Committee (HIAC),
which enables CEOs of major food
insecurity organizations to steer
Albertsons' work in this space.
Rather than selecting one
national organization for funding,
as is typical with most retailer
programs, she and the HIAC
mapped a network of 250-plus
organizations doing the best
anti-hunger work.
Duncan-Anderson is a trustee
of the California Grocers Association Educational Foundation and
sits on the Leadership Council
of World Wide Women, among
other affiliations.


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