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COVER FEATURE

2018 Top Women in Grocery
Leti Rodriguez

Manager, Payroll
Quality Assurance,
Regulatory Reporting
and Tax Department,
Albertsons Cos./
Corporate

Mei-Mei Stark

Product
Management
Director, Own
Brands, Albertsons
Cos./Corporate

Rodriguez built a strong and
effective team as her department
was established to fill a critical
need at Albertsons.

Taking over
leadership in ice cream and
yogurt, Stark worked with her
cross-functional team and
self-manufacturing to ensure
flawless retail execution.

Her results-oriented achievements included overseeing a
process to recover $1 million
in merger-related tax refunds,
creating an upload process to
eliminate additional manual W2-C
work, compiling an MS Access
database to automate the quarterly worksite reporting process,
and implementing a review and
reconciliation process for company health care cost data.

She expanded own brands'
yogurt assortment from 42 to 73
items for a January 2018 launch,
with 30-plus new items across
the new Aussie, Icelandic and
organic segments, along with
Greek line extensions, while developing and executing a strategy
to successfully launch 28 ice
cream items in February 2018.

Rodriguez donates personal
time to campus organizations
benefiting local organizations, and contributes to fun
team-building activities. 

Stark also executed numerous
other growth platforms, including
Value-Added Fruit/Vegetables,
Power to the Plants/Vegan, Protein Power, Snackified Eating and
Convenience/Simplification.

Tina Lucero

General
Merchandise
Sales Manager,
Albertsons Cos./
Denver Division

Assuming her
current role in February 2017,
Lucero quickly identified categories and seasonal opportunities
where her leadership had an
immediate impact on division
results, developing ordering best
practices for sales and gross for
all store-level GM managers, and
leading all training sessions.
She outpaced the division in
sales IDs and made a significant
impact on the growth of various
categories.
By sourcing new items,
introducing holiday merchandising campaigns and identifying areas within the division
where the tourist trade can be
leveraged, Lucero built a plan
that should continue to show
long-term growth.

RISING STARS

Lynne
Barrington

Floral Buyer,
Albertsons Cos./
Jewel-Osco

Barrington
played a key role in developing
new Jewel specs and standards
for floral department receiving;
the improved specs increased
floral sales across the board by
210 basis points.
She helped improve the customer service index in the floral
department quality category
by 70 basis points year over
year; this was accomplished by
seeking suppliers offering the
best quality.
For major floral holidays,
Barrington organized meetings
for the receiving and shipping departments, laying out all inbound
and outbound deliveries by day
to allow the warehouse to handle
the additional volume.



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