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Hy-Vee has elevated Tod Hockenson to VP of distribution, where he will assume the 225-store regional retailer’s entire inbound and outbound delivery efforts on Oct. 1. A nine-year member of Hy-Vee’s distribution team, Hockenson currently directs the efforts of the chain’s Cherokee Distribution Center and has been named the replacement for Fred Housman, who is retiring after 37 years with Hy-Vee.
"Efficient movement of goods is a key part of any retail operation, and Tod has exhibited an outstanding leadership style in overseeing our Cherokee operation," said Ric Jurgens, Hy-Vee’s CEO. "We are confident that he will play a key role in coordinating the many facets of a delivery system that will get product to our customers quickly and effi¬ciently."
Hockenson was working at Sunrise Dairy when Hy-Vee acquired the company in the early 1990s. He continued working there until 1996, when he moved to Cherokee and began working in distribution. He recently oversaw an almost $13 million expansion that added 230,000-square-feet to the Cherokee facility, including a recycling room that will greatly reduce the amount of disposed waste.
With sales of more than $6.2 billion and more than 225 retail stores across seven Midwestern states, Hy-Vee ranks among the top 30 supermarket chains in the nation