Progressive Grocer Selects Smart & Final Senior Vice Preseident to “Top Women in Grocery" List
Marie Robinson Honored for Vision and Execution of Supply Chain Overhaul.
Aldata Solution, Inc., a leading provider of software solutions for the retail industry, today announced that Marie Robinson, Senior Vice President, supply chain operations, for Aldata customer Smart & Final, has been selected by Progressive Grocer magazine as one of the 2009 “Top Women in Grocery.” Robinson and fellow nominees appear in the June/July 2009 issue of Progressive Grocer magazine and will be honored on November 2, 2009 at Progressive Grocer’s Corporate Social Responsibility Awards, which will be held during the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) Merchandising, Sales, and Marketing Conference at the Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix, Ariz.
Selection for the Top Women in Grocery list is a meticulous process based on nominations from within the industry and on strict criteria set out by Progressive Grocer’s team of editors. “I was more involved than ever in this year’s judging for our third Annual Top Women in Grocery and the entries were incredible,” said Olivia Wilson, publisher of Progressive Grocer. “We received more than 400 entries and it was very difficult to select the top 100. They are all very deserving in one way or another.”
Robinson assumed the task of re-engineering Smart & Final’s supply chain operations, including the location and design of distribution centers, product flow channels and system infrastructure. Robinson’s initiatives to consolidate all of Smart & Final’s supply chain operations into a single system helped streamline company operations, save money and position the company for growth.
“The ability to undertake a significant project such as overhauling an entire supply chain required support and commitment from everyone at Smart & Final as well as our technology partners, such as Aldata and its G.O.L.D. retail suite,” Robinson said. “While I have been singled out for this award, it is really a testament to the hard work and efforts of everyone at Smart & Final. I thank Progressive Grocer for this recognition and will continue to help push the boundaries within the grocery industry.”
“Marie Robinson and Aldata have had a long-standing relationship, and during that time, we have known her to be a visionary in every way. She understands grocery inside and out and knows what it takes to streamline operations,” said Brendan Lowe, Vice President, Aldata, North America. “We’re thrilled that Marie and Smart & Final have been honored by Progressive Grocer magazine and pleased that the Aldata G.O.L.D. retail suite has been an integral part of Smart & Final’s evolution.”
About Smart & Final
Founded in 1871 in downtown Los Angeles, Smart & Final, Inc. operates non-membership warehouse stores for food and foodservice supplies in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho and northern Mexico. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.smartandfinal.com