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US: C&S names Bob Palmer CEO
C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc., the largest wholesale grocery supply company in the United States, has appointed Bob Palmer CEO, succeeding Michael A. Duffy in the role. “C&S has been a leader in the rapidly changing grocery industry for over 102 years”, said Rick Cohen, chairman of Keene, New Hampshire-based C&S. “We will continue to drive innovation and adapt to the dynamic market conditions to better serve and support our customers. These unique times have required us to refocus our efforts and priorities”.
Source: progressivegrocer.com 

US: Fresh food makes pandemic-stressed consumers happy
What made consumers happy during the pandemic? Fresh food – at least according to Deloitte. In its new “The Future of Fresh: Patterns from the Pandemic” report, Deloitte found that nine of 10 survey respondents said that fresh food literally makes them happy. The findings were based on interviews of 2,000 adults (age 18 to 70) in the United States who influenced fresh food purchases in their households. The interviews were conducted in July.
Source: progressivegrocer.com 

US: Smart & Final improves store planning, workforce management
Smart & Final has implemented Logile Inc.’s store-planning and workforce management technology solutions in all of its stores. According to Logile, these solutions enable retailers to understand true labor costs and impacts, improve labor use, and achieve unparalleled operational optimization and visibility. Logile’s software supports compliance with regulatory requirements, including predictive scheduling, which applies to several Smart & Final market areas.
Source: progressivegrocer.com 

US: Consumers cut down grocery trips but still overspend
Consumers are making fewer trips to the grocery story but are spending more, according to new LendingTree data that offers one of the most recent views of food retail trends during the pandemic. The Charlotte, North Carolina-based online lending marketplace found that U.S. consumers now spend

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Wellness Home Design Tips For Weight Management During The Pandemic

Hundreds of headlines blare daily warnings about the dreaded “Covid 19” pounds packed on during these long pandemic months. Americans are locked out of their local gyms and yoga studios, locked down in their homes, and locked away from friends and family members for support. What isn’t locked down are the refrigerator and pantry, and comfort food eating is on the rise. What impact is this having on your health, and what can you do about it?

Weighing In

First, the good news: “Much like the myth of the ‘Freshman 15,’ which has been disproven through numerous studies, the ‘Covid 19’ phenomenon is more myth than reality,” declares Jennifer Lombardi, a certified eating disorder psychotherapist at Kaiser Permanente’s Eating Disorder Intensive Outpatient Program in Sacramento.  That doesn’t mean there is not a problem though.

“Since the shelter-in-place orders took effect across the country, what we have seen is a significant spike in both disordered eating and diagnosable eating disorders. As a clinician in this field for more than 17 years, I have never seen [this] level of critical acuity, and I hear the same sentiments from my colleagues across the country,” Lombardi shares, referring to the scope and severity of the problem.

“With the pandemic, we have the perfect storm: isolation, change in structure and routine, and boredom,” she observes. “For those who have already been struggling with depression and anxiety, these factors can be the tipping point.” For some individuals, she notes, bingeing and mindless eating follow.

What can you do? “For individuals struggling with their relationship with food, one of the first recommendations is to take a step back and observe what has shifted and when. 

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TF Holdings’ iQ Decision Engine Announces New Partnership With Vergent Loan Management Services

First-of-Its-Kind Partnership Offers Lenders a Full-Cycle Software Solution

IRVING, Texas, Sept. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — iQ Decision Engine (iQDE), a subsidiary of TF Holdings, Inc., has partnered with Vergent Loan Management Software to offer a full-cycle solution for lenders that includes integrated software, data and decisioning models.

TF Holdings logo (PRNewsfoto/TF Holdings, Inc.)
TF Holdings logo (PRNewsfoto/TF Holdings, Inc.)

iQDE is a fintech company whose decisioning software can be used across multiple consumer lending segments, including installment, auto and line of credit loans to automate decisions using highly predictive models to analyze credit and fraud risks. iQDE models are based on over 18 years of decisioning over two million loans, while Vergent offers comprehensive tools to manage portfolios from over 50 years of accumulated experience. With this partnership, the companies provide complementary services and a seamless experience for lenders.

Martin Wong, CEO of TF Holdings said, “Our experience in online consumer lending is unmatched in the industry and lenders using iQDE and Vergent will undoubtedly see vast improvement in originations, credit performance and servicing capabilities.”

With Vergent LMS + iQ Decision Engine, lenders now have a powerful lending solution supported by agile, real-time decision-making that’s backed by the data sources and credit bureaus lenders know and trust. Lenders will no longer have to manage separate software, data, and decisioning subscriptions and can instead focus on growing their lending portfolio.

iQDE will continue to offer services as a standalone company and refine its core data scoring models, which have already powered 2M consumer loans and $4B originated across numerous lending portfolios. 

About TF Holdings, Inc.

TF Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiary companies provides credit and financial wellness tools to consumers, and licenses loan origination, risk underwriting and loan management software to lenders. The company’s businesses serve consumers and lenders with a portfolio of innovative products,

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Kitchen Magic Design Staff and Management Awarded Leading Industry Accreditations

Suzi Dia, Kitchen Design Consultant, has achieved certification as Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer (AKBD) from NKBA. In 2019, a kitchen designed by Dia was awarded a Contractor of the Year Award for Kitchen Magic by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI.)

J.T. Norman, Director of Business Development, Product and Design Innovation, was certified by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). Norman oversees all aspects of design and product development at Kitchen Magic. 

The AKBD and ASID certifications are recognized achievements in the competencies necessary for kitchen and bath design. Industry accreditations ensure precise solutions to ensure functional & beautiful results for the customer. 

“These individuals are exemplary designers and remodeling specialists that demonstrate the utmost dedication to the kitchen and bath industry and our customers,” said Bacho. He added, “This combination of experience and education ensures that our staff represents the highest qualified professionals in the kitchen and bath industry.”

ABOUT KITCHEN MAGIC: Kitchen Magic is a kitchen and bathroom remodeling company with headquarters and manufacturing facilities located in Nazareth, PA. Kitchen Magic has been family-owned and operated since 1979. Using an exclusive cabinet refacing process, Kitchen Magic has transformed nearly 60,000 kitchens. Today, Kitchen Magic serves CT, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA and RI. Kitchen Magic is recognized by Qualified Remodeler as a top performer in kitchen remodeling nationwide, an 11-time Angie’s List Super Service Award winner, a Best of Houzz winner and an honored 8-time winner of The Morning Call’s Top Workplace Award.

For media inquiries, contact Linda Fennessy, Public Relations Manager at 800.237.0799 x4155 or email [email protected]. For Kitchen Magic design and remodeling services, contact [email protected] or call 800.272.5490. 

SOURCE Kitchen Magic, Inc.

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IG Review finds management practices, not fraud, at root of conflict

By William Kelly, Daily News Staff Writer
 
| Palm Beach Daily News

A Palm Beach County Inspector General’s Office investigation found no evidence that a contractor fraudulently billed the town for the installation and maintenance of crime surveillance cameras. 

The town asked the office in August 2019 to investigate its concerns that it paid Johnson Controls Inc. for work that was not completed. 

The inspector general’s office, in its Sept. 22 report, concluded that the town’s project management practices were largely responsible for confusion over billing issues.

“Although we did not find clear evidence of fraud, it does appear that the parties disagree on their interpretation and understanding of the terms of their agreement related to performance and billing,” the report states.

 But the IG’s office said, the investigation revealed “issues that we believe should be addressed: one concerns the town’s project management procedures, and the other concerns the town and JCI’s contract procedures in general.”

The town hired JCI in 2012 and agreed to a payment schedule for it to install and maintain a security camera and surveillance system in different areas of town. Johnson Controls was permitted to submit bills for its progress on multiple work sites.

Finance Director Jane Le Clainche said Friday that the town paid Johnson Controls more than $2.1 million since 2013 for the infrastructure and annual maintenance and repairs. 

The work still wasn’t complete when the town terminated its relationship with the company more than a year ago, Town Manager Kirk Blouin said.

Blouin said the camera surveillance system is a large, technologically sophisticated infrastructure. The work was complicated, and the installation and maintenance has involved many different people, working for Johnson Controls and the town, over the last decade, he said.

“There was a lack of progress,” said Blouin, former public safety

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