Kroger recognized for its commitment to the health and wellness of its associates by the Cincinnati Business Courier

CINCINNATI, 2017-May-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) was honored by the Cincinnati Business Courier as a 2017 Healthiest Employer.  The award recognizes the company for its commitment to the health and wellness of its more than 443,000 associates.

“We’re honored to be recognized as one of the healthiest employers in our headquarters region,” said Tim Massa, Kroger’s group vice president of human resources and labor relations. “We are committed to the overall well-being of our associates – physically, financially and emotionally. Our goal is to have the healthiest workforce in America.”

In recent years, Kroger has reinforced healthy living for associates by providing a comprehensive benefits program and resources available for their use in their everyday lives, including interactive health and wellness challenges, preventative care education and an employee assistance program.   The Kroger total rewards team, led by Vice President, Theresa Monti, strives to continue to find simple and impactful ways to promote healthy lifestyles for associates and their families.

Kroger is a four-time winner of the American Heart Association’s “Fit-Friendly Company Platinum Achievement Award”.  The company was also recently named to the “Top 100 Healthiest Workplaces in America” by the Healthiest Employer, LLC.

Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 443,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,796 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to our 2,255 pharmacies, 784 convenience stores, 319 fine jewelry stores, 220 retail health clinics, 1,445 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Kroger announces the promotion of Angel Colón to senior director of diversity

CINCINNATI, 2017-Apr-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today (April 18, 2017 ) announced Angel Colón has been promoted to senior director of diversity. He has been serving as the company’s director of multicultural development for merchandising since 2008.

Mr. Colon succeeds Rueben Shaffer, who retired at the end of March, as Kroger’s head of diversity and also assumes the responsibilities for the company’s strong supplier diversity program.

“Angel has been on the leading edge of Kroger’s multicultural merchandising initiatives, as well as our internal resource groups supporting and promoting the needs of our diverse workforce, for nearly a decade,” said Tim Massa, Kroger’s group vice president of human resources and labor relations. “We look forward to his continued leadership in his new role, where he will be responsible for Kroger’s diversity efforts while also continuing to shape and influence our multicultural efforts.”

Mr. Colón has held a variety of leadership roles in the grocery industry for 27 years, including product management, direct store delivery merchandising, category management, promotions, sales leadership, broker management, regional marketing, customer marketing and ethnic marketing. He joined Kroger in 2008 in his current role, where he established the company’s Multicultural Department and strategic direction. Mr. Colón was also a founding member of the KEPASA Associate Resource Group at Kroger’s general office, which is an affinity group that empowers, supports and advocates for Hispanic and Latino associates.

Mr. Colón earned an MBA and lives in Cincinnati with his wife. They have three children.

Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable and the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Million Dollar Club. Earlier this year, Kroger was named one of the top eight U.S. corporations for inclusion by Omnikal (formerly Diversity Business).

Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 443,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,796 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to our 2,255 pharmacies, 784 convenience stores, 319 fine jewelry stores, 220 retail health clinics, 1,445 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Kroger family of stores to fill 10,000 permanent positions in its supermarket divisions

CINCINNATI, 2017-Jan-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today ( Jan. 23, 2017) announced that its family of stores is hiring to fill an estimated 10,000 permanent positions in its supermarket divisions.

The company also announced that its total active workforce grew by more than 12,000 associates in 2016. Over the last eight years, Kroger has created more than 86,000 permanent, new jobs. These figures do not include jobs created as a result of capital investment, such as temporary construction jobs, nor do they include increases due to the company’s mergers. Kroger and its subsidiaries today employ more than 443,000 associates.

“Kroger’s growth trajectory continues to create opportunities for our people to advance their careers – and to do that in a fun, team environment with great benefits,” said Tim Massa, Kroger’s group vice president of human resources and labor relations. “We’re looking for associates who are passionate about people and about food, and who want to make a difference for our customers, communities and each other.”

“Kroger is a place where you can come for a job and stay for a career,” he added, noting that about 70 percent of Kroger’s store managers started as part-time clerks.

Kroger also hired more than 9,000 veterans in 2016, and has hired more than 44,000 veterans since 2009 as part of its commitment to active duty troops and the nation’s 23 million veterans through “Honoring Our Heroes,” a multi-faceted program the company designed to show the company’s deep gratitude to military service men and women and their families. In addition, Kroger is proud to have helped the “100,000 Jobs Mission” surpass its original goal in January 2014, seven years early. The “100,000 Jobs Mission” is a coalition of more than 130 companies with the common goal of hiring more than 100,000 transitioning service members and military veterans by 2020.

Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 443,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,796 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to 2,253 pharmacies, 787 convenience stores, 324 fine jewelry stores, 1,439 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Kroger’s hiring event hired more than 4,000 military veterans and their family members

CINCINNATI, 2016-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today (Dec. 6, 2016) announced that as a result of its one-day Honoring our Heroes hiring event held on November 9, the company hired more than 4,000 military veterans and their family members.

“I’m so proud of our store teams for their outstanding efforts during our national hiring event in November,” said Tim Massa, Kroger’s group vice president of human resources and labor relations. “We can all be proud of hiring 4,000 veterans and family members in one day. We are delighted to welcome them to our Kroger family.”

Last month’s veteran-focused hiring event performed better than Kroger’s first one-day Honoring our Heroes hiring event, which was held on September 15, 2015 and resulted in the company hiring 2,000 military veterans and their family members.

Kroger has hired more than 35,000 veterans since 2009 as part of its commitment to active duty troops and the nation’s 23 million veterans.

Through the Honoring Our Heroes program, Kroger’s family of stores have donated more than $18 million since 2010 to help support USO programs, which represents the largest cumulative gift to the USO in its nearly 75-year history.

Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 431,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,796 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to 2,253 pharmacies, 787 convenience stores, 324 fine jewelry stores, 1,439 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

The Kroger to hold one-day hiring event for all military veterans and their family members on November 9

CINCINNATI, 2016-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) family of stores today (Nov. 7, 2016) announced it will hold open interviews nationwide on Wed., Nov. 9, for all military veterans and their family members.

Interested candidates may apply at jobs.kroger.com and simply return to a store on Nov. 9 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., no appointment necessary. To make applying online even easier, Kroger offers “mobile apply” for job-seekers to submit applications through their smartphones or tablet devices.

“Kroger is deeply committed to the nation’s veterans and their families, and providing opportunities to advance along a variety of career paths is one way we show our support,” said Tim Massa, Kroger’s group vice president of human resources and labor relations. “Kroger is a place where you can come for a job and stay for a career,” Mr. Massa added, noting that about 70 percent of Kroger’s store managers started as part-time clerks.

Kroger hired more than 7,000 veterans in 2015, and has hired more than 35,000 veterans since 2009 as part of its commitment to active duty troops and the nation’s 23 million veterans through “Honoring Our Heroes,” a multi-faceted program the company designed to show the company’s deep gratitude to military service men and women and their families. In addition, Kroger is proud to have helped the “100,000 Jobs Mission” surpass its original goal in January 2014, seven years early. The “100,000 Jobs Mission” is a coalition of more than 130 companies with the common goal of hiring more than 100,000 transitioning service members and military veterans by 2020.

Through the Honoring Our Heroes program, Kroger’s family of stores have donated nearly $15 million since 2010 to help support USO programs, which represents the largest cumulative gift to the USO in its nearly 75-year history.

This is the third and final one-day hiring event Kroger is hosting this year. The company hired more than 11,496 new associates during its May 14 event, and more than 12,500 new associates during its Aug. 9 event.

Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 431,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,781 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to 2,240 pharmacies, 785 convenience stores, 323 fine jewelry stores, 1,423 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

5,000 Kroger Associates will form a human breast cancer awareness ribbon September 29 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati

More than 5,000 Kroger Associates will form a human breast cancer awareness ribbon September 29 on field of Paul Brown Stadium during Kroger Leadership Summit

CINCINNATI, 2015-9-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced plans to bring more than 5,000 associates from across the country to Cincinnati from September 28 – 30 for the company’s Kroger Leadership Summit.

The Kroger Leadership Summit will include managers from every store, manufacturing facility, distribution center and office in the country joining together to discuss the company’s growth strategy and Kroger’s ongoing commitment to its customers, associates and the communities it serves.

During the meeting, attendees will participate in a Sharing Courage walk on September 29 to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research, detection and treatment. The walk will conclude at Paul Brown Stadium, home of the Cincinnati Bengals, where Kroger associates will take the field to form a massive, human pink ribbon to show solidarity with breast cancer survivors and their allies in the fight against this deadly disease. Including local associates, their families, friends and other partners, Kroger expects nearly 7,000 to participate in this one-of-a-kind event.

“Our associates are proud partners in the fight against breast cancer,” said Tim Massa, Kroger’s group vice president of human resources and labor relations. “One in eight women is diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetimes. And when somebody is diagnosed, everyone around them is impacted. We want our associates and our communities to know that we’re in this together.”

This breast cancer awareness walk and ribbon formation reinforces the theme of Kroger’s Leadership Summit – that Kroger associates, both individually and collectively, can “Make a Difference” in the lives of their customers and their communities.

This is the 10th year of Kroger’s Sharing Courage campaign, held annually during the month of October. Since its inception, Kroger and its customers, associates and supporting partners have raised more than $30 million to support local breast cancer initiatives.

In addition to Kroger’s planned activities on September 29, Kroger on September 30 will light its downtown Cincinnati headquarters building pink, an annual event in partnership with Yoplait.

Kroger, one of the world’s largest retailers, employs nearly 400,000 associates who serve customers in 2,623 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 34 states and the District of Columbia under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Harris Teeter, Jay C, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith’s.  The company also operates 781 convenience stores, 327 fine jewelry stores, 1,350 supermarket fuel centers and 37 food processing plants in the U.S.  Recognized by Forbes as the most generous company in America, Kroger supports hunger relief, breast cancer awareness, the military and their families, and more than 30,000 schools and community organizations. Kroger contributes food and funds equal to 200 million meals a year through more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber’s Million Dollar Club.

SOURCE The Kroger Co.