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Supervalu Inc.’s board of directors has appointed Craig Herkert, 49, of Wal-Mart, to the position of chief executive officer.

Jeff Noddle, 62, who has served as chief executive officer since 2001 and chairman of the board since 2002, will continue to serve as the company’s executive chairman and will work closely with Herkert over the upcoming months to ensure a smooth transition of senior management.

Herkert’s official start date has not yet been determined.

“As we approach the end of year three of our company’s transformation and as I begin planning for retirement, the time is right to lay the groundwork for continuity of leadership through the next phase of our journey,” says Noddle.

“Herkert is a talented executive with extensive experience in food retailing and supply chain management. As an integral part of Wal-Mart’s senior leadership team, he has demonstrated an ability to create shareholder value and achieve business results,” says Noddle.

“I look forward to working closely with Craig in the coming months to ensure a seamless transition as we, and other members of the Supervalu team, continue to focus on our company’s future growth and success,” he adds.

With more than 30 years of retail experience, Herkert comes to Supervalu from Wal-Mart where he has served as president and chief executive officer of the Americas since 2004. In that role, Herkert was responsible for a $52 billion business that encompassed a variety of diverse formats across Canada, Mexico, and Central and South America.

From 2000 to 2003, Herkert served as senior vice president and chief operating officer of Wal-Mart International, responsible for international merchandising, marketing and operations.

Prior to joining Wal-Mart, Herkert spent 23 years with the American Stores and Albertsons companies. At the time of his departure from Albertsons in 2000, he was executive vice president of marketing.

Schoep’s Ice Cream has selected the HighJump mobile sales and delivery applications to provide improved customer service while controlling costs.

The Madison, WI-based ice cream manufacturer and distributor—with both local and national distribution operations—will implement HighJump Route Administrator, HighJump Route Assistant and Usable GPS, products new to HighJump offering of solutions through the acquisition of BelTek Systems Design.

The software will support the delivery of Schoep’s Ice Cream products via 21 pre-sell and delivery routes throughout the Midwest.

The HighJump system will create efficiencies across the company’s operations. Route drivers will transmit orders in real-time and have access to up-to-the-minute inventory counts, enabling more efficient scheduling of warehouse workers and improved customer service levels. Additionally, the system will allow drivers to scan items instead of entering information manually and provide real-time tracking of driver location and automated order processing, leading to labor efficiencies and cost savings.

“In today’s challenging economic environment, we needed to create new efficiencies in our operations, to essentially do more with less. With the HighJump solutions, we will be poised to grow our business as the market evolves,” says Jeremy Raether, systems manager, Schoep’s Ice Cream.

“Additionally, Usable GPS will take the real-time data environment to the next level, providing us with insight into what is going on in the field as it happens, enabling us to improve our customer service in a very competitive environment.”

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the industrial sector has long been the country’s largest energy user, currently representing more than one-third of the country’s total energy consumption.

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