Ralphs Honors 48 Retail Management Graduates at February 1st Event

Departing from tradition, Ralphs Grocery Stores honored their “Class of 2016” Retail Management Graduates on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 with the company’s first WAFC Graduate Luncheon.  In the past, Ralphs had thrown elaborate awards dinners, but based on student interest, the company’s Talent Management Team hosted an event which combined a luncheon with networking and higher education break-out sessions.  The 48 graduates were given the opportunity to network with district staff and company vice presidents who would have a direct effect on their next promotion.  Additionally, they were able to discuss and plan their next educational goals.

Getting Ahead in Food Retail

The Retail Management Certificate was recently featured in a blog post on the Food Marketing Institute website as a program that supports career growth and aligns with the growing need for education beyond High School. Some key takeaways from the story:

According to the U.S. Department of Labor:

  • 68 percent of U.S. jobs by 2018—including the grocery industry—will require a credential, if not a degree.
  • In 2010, only 30 percent of adults ages 25 or older had a bachelor’s degree or higher and for those working in the grocery industry that number drops to only 14 to 20 percent.
  • Education is going to be key for those working in the food retail industry to progress their careers and for employers to retain quality talent.

Read the full story on FMI’s website.

Brookshire Grocery named Employer of Excellence in ETX by Workforce Commission

Brookshire Grocery Company (Brookshire’s) received the Local Employer of Excellence Award for the Workforce Solutions East Texas area in November 2014. The Local Employer of Excellence Award honors private-sector employers that are actively involved with their local workforce board and have made a positive impact on employers, workers and the community.

Brookshire’s has been part of the East Texas community since 1928. In 2012, Brookshire’s partnered with Tyler Junior College and the WAFC to develop a Retail Management Certificate program with the potential to positively impact hundreds of regional employers.

The program offers face-to-face, online, and hybrid classes to prepare students for career opportunities and upward mobility in the retail industry.

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The Lone Star State Welcomes the Retail Management Certificate

On October 3rd, food industry leaders and community colleges in Texas will attend the 2nd Retail Management Certificate Advisory meeting.

What started with Tyler Junior College and Brookshire Grocery Company working together to ensure employees in the region had the skills for success in retail management, has expanded to include other leading food retailers such as Albertsons, Costco, Kroger, Safeway, Tom Thumbs, Randalls, and United Supermarkets.

Currently, the Retail Management Certificate is available both on campus and 100% online through Tyler Junior College with 2 additional community colleges offering the program in early 2015.

If you are a company or community college we invite you to attend our next advisory meeting. Please RSVP to wafc.consortium@gmail.com.

Meeting Details

Friday, October 3, 2014
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Tarrant County College Opportunity Center
5901 Fitzhugh Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76119

Retail Management Certificate Graduate Promoted to the Vice President, Meat Division

Join us in congratulating John Ciraulo for his recent promotion to Vice President, Meat Division of Stater Bros. Markets. John has been with Stater Bros. for over 28 years and has progressed through a range of both retail and marketing positions. In his new position, Ciraulo will oversee the marketing and retail operations of the company’s meat and seafood divisions.

He is a 2006 graduate of both the WAFC Retail Management Program at San Bernardino Valley College and University of Southern California (USC) Food Industry Management Program.  After completing his Retail Management Certificate, John earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from University of Phoenix and a Master of Arts Degree in Business Management from University of Redlands.

Congratulations John!

Retailers Doing Their Part

Last month the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) announced six winners of the 2013 Community Outreach Awards recognizing food retailer charitable programs focused on enhancing the lives of the communities in which they serve.

Programs addressing food insecurity, neighborhood health improvement, and youth development were recognized. Each of the recognized winning programs will receive $1000 from FMI to further their program.

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Retail 2014

The National Retail Federation recently released its predictions for where retail is going in 2014. The story, What Lies Ahead, in their Stores Publication provides 7 predications for the future including the need for advanced order and delivery logistics, how wearable computers and social networking data is impacting the industry and the growing demand to provide ethical, sustainable and hyper-local products.

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True Food Industry Legend Passes

A true food industry legend, Bob Hermanns passed away on February 10, 2014 in Long Beach, California.

Mr. Hermanns spent over 50 years in the food industry and for the past five years as Director of Food Industry Management Programs at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business.

He, graduated from the USC Food Industry Management Program in 1967 and served the food industry in leadership roles with Jewel Food Stores in Chicago; Red Owl in Minneapolis; Lucky Stores in both Northern and Southern California; American Stores in Salt Lake City; Shopeaze.com, Inc. in Santa Clara; Weis Markets in Central Pennsylvania; Associated Grocers in Seattle; Encore & Associates in San Ramon and Park City Group in Park City, Utah. Bob Served on the Board of Directors of the WAFC during his years with Lucky Stores and Associated Grocers.

His knowledge, expertise, generosity and mentorship will be missed. We’d like to thank Bob for his guidance, and support of our industry and the retail management certificate.

Robert P. Hermanns

November 18, 1943 ~ February 10, 2014