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Unified Grocers names new VP of logistics

Unified Grocers Inc. announced that Vic Versino has joined the company as vice president of logistics. He joins the company from DVD rental kiosk company Redbox, where he was vice president of logistics and inventory, responsible for streamlining and automating distribution operations. Previously, Versino held logistics leadership positions with Supervalu, Kellogg and Martin Brower/McDonald's.

vicpicVic VersinoVersino takes over the position previously held by John Wiedmann, who recently announced his retirement from the company. Versino will oversee company-wide distribution, transportation and maintenance functions. He will be responsible for developing logistics and distribution strategies to ensure the needs of its members are met.

Versino will report to Bob Ling, Unified's president and chief executive officer.

"Vic is an accomplished executive who brings a wealth of experience in food distribution. Unified is extremely fortunate to have a man of Vic's experience and caliber as a member of our officer team," Ling said in a press release. "Logistics is a key part of our business and vital to our growth plans. I'm confident Vic will carry on the tremendous work John Wiedmann and his team have done to help drive sales and reduce expenses."

As vice president of supply chain for Supervalu Eastern Region, Versino managed logistics operations for three large distribution centers and oversaw a workforce of more than 1,500 employees. As senior director of DSD Operations for Kellogg, he managed logistics services for 45 distribution centers. In this role, he was responsible for implementing operations and technology improvements across Kellogg's distribution network. He implemented Lean process improvement initiatives and instituted KPI standards.

Versino started his career with Martin-Bower Co., a third-party logistics company responsible for managing logistics for McDonald's franchises. He started as a shift manager and worked his way up to president of the Latin America division, where he managed operations for nine distribution centers in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Brazil.

Versino holds a bachelor's degree in business and logistics from Penn State University.