Member Profile: Kroger & G4C Board Member Franklin Lim

Chinese Chamber Member Profile
The Kroger Co.

Kroger and the Asian consumers
Kroger’s overall vision is to make our stores a shopping destination for shoppers of all cultures and a source of inspiration for experiencing the world.  Our mission is to provide our Asian customers an uplifting shopping experience by offering relevant assortment, noticeable value and connecting with them in meaningful ways.

We aim to win in the marketplace through:

  1. Authenticity: We continue to bring the best authentic products that are available to us from Asia.
  2. Integration: We will continue to integrate international products with mainstream products. International food is not just meant for International customers anymore. By integrating the international categories, we are appealing and increasing the visibility to households.
  3. Noticeable Value: Due to our growth in Asian food, we are now buying direct from some key Asian manufacturers, thus improving our cost and price for our customers.
  4. Expanded Promotions: We are now offering yellow tags and promotions to our customers with Asian foods. Furthermore, we are planning to actually promote an Asian product in our National ad for the first time during the third quarter of 2016.

Our dry and frozen Asian commodities have grown significantly over the last five years. The Dry Asian commodity was selected as one of the top priority commodities for the Grocery department in 2016 so we expect to continue winning in this segment.

Franklin Lim, Global Sourcing Manager, The Kroger Co.

Franklin Lim is the Global Sourcing Manager for the The Kroger Co. and a Board Member of the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce. During his 12 years at Kroger, he has been in different roles ranging from Capital Equipment sourcing, Logistics Manager, and Corporate Strategic Sourcing Manager. Franklin has driven significant growth for Kroger through contract negotiations across multiple categories. He has more than 20 years of Sourcing and Operational Experience at small growing companies as well as in Fortune 500 firms.

Franklin holds an MBA degree from Xavier University. He spends his leisure time traveling, exploring local culture, and creating memories through family adventures. Among his favorites are: hiking the Machu Picchu ruins, exploring the jungles of Amazon, and the piranha experience (swimming with, fishing, and eating piranhas). Franklin can converse in 5 languages (fluent in English, Filipino and Fujian/ Taiwanese).

Franklin is the Founder and Co-Chair for the Asian Associate Resource Group. The Asian Associate Resource Group was formed to help in the recruitment, retention, and development of Asian associates at Kroger. It is a great way to network and meet like minded individuals where we can help educate and celebrate the Asian culture within the company. The group is currently composed of more than 160 associates from multiple functions such as Sourcing, Consumer Research, Food Technology, IT, Operations,Finance, HR, etc.

Recently Franklin Lim was elected Vice-Chair of the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce, effective July 2016. We take this opportunity to thank Kroger and Franklin for your continued support of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce and our members.

MEMBER Profile: Fifth Third Bank & Board Member John Guo

Chinese Chamber Member Profile
Fifth Third Bank

Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Company has $141 billion in assets and operates 1,254 full-service Banking Centers, including 95 Bank Mart® locations, most open seven days a week, inside select grocery stores and 2,593 ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Georgia and North Carolina. Fifth Third operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending, and Investment Advisors. More information is available at www.53.com. Fifth Third Bank was established in 1858. Member FDIC.

As one of the primary supporter of our Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Fifth Third brings to our Chamber a wealth of experience and expertise from its Asian & Pacific Islander Business Resource Group (BRG). The BRG is a group of Fifth Third employees collaborating to align business and social goals to enhance the company’s success and sustainability. Specifically, the BRG shares cultural values and celebrates differences, helps its members network, develops skills and gain exposures for its members with senior leadership, and expands network impacts and provide insight to improve company products and services. More importantly, the BRG is a group committed to serving our communities. From this BRG, we are fortunate to have Mr. John Guo as a member of our Chamber’s Board of Directors for the past three years.

We take this opportunity to thank Fifth Third and Mr. John Guo for your continued support of our Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce and our members.

John Guo, Senior Vice President of Consumer Risk, Fifth Third Bank

 

 

 

 

 

John Guo is a Senior Vice President at Fifth Third Bank. He received his Ph.D. in Business Administration with Minor in Statistics and M.S. in Industry Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. He has over nineteen years of senior management experiences in consumer lending/banking. He previously held senior risk management positions in JPM Chase, HSBC as Director, Vice President, Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer. He is the Asian-Pacific BRG executive advocate of Fifth Third Bank. He is actively involved in community development and serves as a Board Member of the Great Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce.

John also has extensive publications and is an invited speaker at various international conferences. He has research articles published in Decision Sciences Journal, Transport Research, Journal of the Operational Research Society, and Journal of Business Logistics.

Lunar New Year Gala 2016

LUNAR NEW YEAR GALA & EVENT

The Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce held this major event to welcome the coming of the Lunar New Year at Kingsgate Marriott at University of Cincinnati. It was a wonderful opportunity to observe one of the most important holidays in the Asian culture. We celebrated along with our chamber members and representatives from all over the Greater Cincinnati business community.

Keynote Address by Mr. Reuben M. Shaffer
Chief Diversity Officer @ Kroger Co.

World-class performances by:

Ruixin Deng Soprano

Soprano Ms. Ruixin Deng, Owner of Joy Flower Music Center
Bing Yang Chinese Performing Arts Center Dance Team
Bing Yang Chinese Performing Arts Center Drums Team

 

 

 

 

Traditional Chinese Instruments performances by:

Renowned musicians Ms. Ming Ke, Mr. Zhenggang Xie and his wife Ms. Mei Hu

Ming Ke

Zhenggang Xie - Mei Hu

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special guest appearance by:

Mr. Yijia Fang, Cello Principal at UC’s
College-Conservatory of Music Philharmonic Orchestra
Gold Prize – Singapore Music Competition 2012
1st Place – Great Wall Int’l Music Academy 2013
1st Place – Hong Kong Int’l String Competition 2014
1st Place – American Protege Int’l Competition 2015


 

Sponsored by:DHL

Member Spotlight: DHL – Major Network Expansions Coming in 2016

DHL

 

 

 

 

As 2016 begins, the DHL Express network will experience a major expansion at its hub located at the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG). This expansion will be completed in late 2016. The expansion includes adding more gates to accommodate additional aircraft, more warehouse space and new equipment to provide extra capacity for sorting shipments and loading planes. DHL service center at the O’Hare International Airport in Chicago will also be expanded into a gateway, opening in October, improving connectivity to Europe and Asia.

In the Asia Pacific region, Singapore will open a DHL hub in the first quarter of 2016 with a fully automated package sorting system. In Japan, a fourth Tokyo gateway facility will open in the first quarter of 2016. The facility will offer Customs clearance and bonded warehousing services. In addition, it will house a service center that provides pickup and delivery services for customers.

In Europe, the DHL Leipzig Hub in Germany will see the implementation of a larger, more efficient sorting system in October. Sweden’s Gothenburg Gateway is being expanded and modernized in the first half of 2016. The facility will feature a new sorting system, which will increase processing capacity. In late 2016, the DHL Stockholm Gateway will receive a new sorting system and processing equipment, enabling speedier transit times.

The Middle East will gain a new air and road gateway, plus a service center at the Jeddah Gateway in Saudi Arabia in 2016.In Sub-Saharan Africa this year, the Kigali Gateway in Rwanda will open a new facility. In addition, gateways in Kenya, Zimbabwe, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola will be refurbished and expanded.