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• The Network of Executive Women has launched what it is calling The NEW Legacy Project, described as "an online contest that will honor the consumer products and retail industry’s most inspirational leaders and gather legacies that members are living and leaving to others.

"The most inspiring legacy statements and photos will be shared at the NEW Executive Leaders Forum, July 21 to Aug. 2 in Los Angeles. Industry members who contribute by July 20 can win $500 or 50 other prizes. Contributions may be signed or anonymous ... The NEW Legacy Project asks industry members to describe the legacy they would like to leave; honor someone who changed their life; honor a leader who has left a lasting legacy to the industry; vote for an inspirational female figure who has inspired them; or submit a photo."

“The NEW Legacy Project is about the legacies you’ve been given, the ones you live today and the ones you'll pass on to the next generation,” said NEW President and CEO Joan Toth. “The Network will share the industry’s responses to help our members and others create a vision for themselves and inspire their colleagues in the CPG/retail industry.”

• In Minnesota, the Pioneer Press reports that Supervalu has eliminated 39 marketing jobs "across the country" as part of its broader effort "to restructure and streamline its marketing team."

• In Montana, the Independent Record reports that about the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), representing some 1,700 people employed at Albertsons, Safeway and Van’s stores across the state, have reached a tentative agreement for two and three year deals (depending on the job) that will give them a "roughly 2.5 percent pay increase and added contributions to health and pension plans."
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