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    7-Eleven Appoints Vice President of Logistics

    Bill Merrigan of International Paper will lead logistics operations for the convenience chain.

    DALLAS -- 7-Eleven Inc. appointed Bill Merrigan to serve as vice president of logistics for its 6.200-unit convenience store chain in the U.S. and Canada, the company reported.

    Merrigan, who was most recently vice president of global supply chain for International Paper in Tennessee, will report to Kevin Elliott, 7-Eleven's senior vice president of merchandising, marketing and logistics.

    "Bill brings a wealth of experience and expertise to 7-Eleven and will help us drive greater excellence in quality, service and delivered cost to our franchisees and, ultimately, our customers," said Elliott in a released statement. "We are focused on innovating and adapting our supply chain to create greater efficiencies in our distribution models."

    Merrigan will lead 7-Eleven stores' logistics operations, which includes managing its wholesaler relationships, direct-store product deliveries and the company's exclusive combined distribution center (CDC) network.

    With more than 32 years of logistics and transportation experience while at International Paper, Merrigan was responsible for sourcing, warehousing, transportation, corporate real estate and strategic service. Before joining International Paper, he was senior vice president at Fleming Cos. Inc. and Nash Finch Co., both national wholesalers, where he directed distribution operations and labor relations, the company reported.

    As an active member of national and international logistics and transportation trade organizations, Merrigan serves on the board of directors of the Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Solutions Association. He also is a member of the National Freight Transportation Alliance.

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