Retail Roundup—Dick's new CMO; Starbucks' new chief partner

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Starbucks is creating a chief partner role.

Dick’s names ex-Dunkin' officer as CMO

Dick’s Sporting Goods has named Scott Hudler as the new senior VP and chief marketing officer. Hudler comes after an 11-year stretch at Dunkin' Donuts, most recently as the chief digital officer. (Seeking Alpha)

Target exits yearlong slump

Target announced that sales and traffic were up for the first few months of the latest quarter, so the brand will be expecting a modest increase in comparable sales for the quarter. It will be the first uptick in sales after a year of negative growth. (Star Tribune)

Starbucks creates chief partner role

Starbucks has made 18-year veteran Lucy Helm the company’s chief partner officer. She will help bridge the gap between executives and the stores’ baristas, which have often complained that understaffing is affecting morale. (CNBC)

Ace considers buying True Value

Ace Hardware has announced that it is open to making a bid for its rival True Value. At the time, Ace has not been contacted by True Value, which is conducting a formal auction for the sale of its assets. (Chicago Tribune)