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Retail Business Services to launch ScanIt Mobile technology

Retail Business Services to launch ScanIt Mobile technology

QUINCY, MASS. – Retail Business Services, a subsidiary of Ahold Delhaize USA, on Thursday said implementation of its ScanIt Mobile solution for frictionless checkout is on track to reach 30 grocery stores by year’s end. The ScanIt Mobile technology was developed in Retail Business Services’

Walgreens, Centene and RxAdvance form partnership

Walgreens, Centene and RxAdvance form partnership

DEERFIELD, Ill. – Walgreens, Centene Corp. and RxAdvance announced on Thursday a strategic partnership to introduce an innovative model for pharmacy management that aims to increase transparency, enhance customer experience and ultimately result in better health outcomes at lower costs. The partnership builds upon an

Walgreens collects over 885 tons of unwanted meds

Walgreens collects over 885 tons of unwanted meds

DEERFIELD, Ill. – Walgreens said Wednesday its first of its kind safe medication disposal kiosk program has collected and safely disposed of more than 885 tons – the combined weight of about 350 pickup trucks – of unwanted prescriptions, including controlled substances and other medications,

September retail sales down from August

September retail sales down from August

WASHINGTON – Retail sales in September were down 0.1% seasonally adjusted from August but up 4.5% unadjusted year-over-year, the National Retail Federation said on Wednesday. The numbers exclude automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants. “The pullback in September compared with August is possibly a reaction

Big Lots names executive vice president of business strategy

Big Lots names executive vice president of business strategy

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Big Lots Inc. has appointed Andrej Mueller to be executive vice president of business strategy. A native of Munich, Germany, Mueller has more than 15 years of experience in the consumer industry. His expertise is centered around profitable growth strategy, upgrading marketing,

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RETAIL NEWS

John Furner tapped to lead Walmart U.S.

BENTONVILLE — Walmart said Thursday that John Furner will become the president and chief executive officer of Walmart U.S., effective November 1. Furner, who currently serves as president and CEO of Sam’s Club, will succeed Greg Foran, who has led Walmart U.S. for five years.

The Fresh Market names chief merchandising officer

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Fresh Market has appointed Dan Portnoy as chief merchandising officer. He will report to president and chief executive officer Larry Appel. Portnoy brings more than 35 years of experience in food retail merchandising and marketing, having been the president and CEO

Food Lion To-Go program to launch at 50 stores

SALISBURY, N.C. — Ribbon-cuttings are set for October 14 to mark the introduction of a grocery pick-up option at 50 Food Lion supermarkets in five states. The Food Lion To-Go program allows customers to order and pick up their groceries in as little as an

Tritton exits, Fiddelke advances at Target

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. chief merchant Mark Tritton is resigning to become CEO of Bed, Bath & Beyond. With his departure, Target has tapped Christina Hennington and Jill Sando, two executives with nearly 40 years of combined experience with the company, to head the retailer’s merchandising organization

GIANT store reopenings set for November

CARLISLE, Pa. — GIANT Food Stores plans to hold grand openings ceremonies next month for three former Musser’s Markets stores in central Pennsylvania. The stores, which GIANT agreed to acquire in August, are located in Lebanon, Quarryville and Columbia, Penn. The Lebanon store, located at

SUPPLIER NEWS

Theraflu expands hot liquid cold/flu treatment portfolio

WARREN, N.J. — GSK Consumer Healthcare has launched Theraflu Cough Relief, a new hot liquid remedy to treat cough and chest congestion. New Theraflu Cough Relief contains a 2-in-1 formulation to help relieve dry and wet cough with a warm soothing liquid. The medicine comes

KIND Healthy Snacks acquires Creative Snacks Co.

NEW YORK — KIND Healthy Snacks has acquired Creative Snacks Co., a family owned manufacturer based in North Carolina. Creative Snacks offerings feature premium ingredients and include almond and coconut nut clusters, trail mixes, granolas and pretzels. KIND said the partnership allows both companies to

E.l.f. releases “Eyes. Lips. Face.” song

OAKLAND, Calif. — E.l.f. on Friday launched “Eyes. Lips. Face.,” the brand’s first full song created to bring what it describes as beauty to life through dance and musical expression. The musical track was born out of e.l.f.’s #eyeslipsface TikTok challenge, the first branded TikTok

U.K.’s Dr.Organic now available in U.S.

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. — The Nature Bounty’s Co.’s Dr.Organic brand, founded in the United Kingdom,  is now available in the United States. The company said its skin care collection is inspired by a need for naturally-sourced, effective and affordable products. The brand said it prides itself

Hello Products expands lineup with Hemp Seed Oil collection

MONTCLAIR, N.J. — Hello Products is expanding its naturally friendly lineup with a new Hemp Seed Oil collection. The line includes an Extra Moisturizing Mouthwash and an Awesome Floss. Infused with moisturizing hemp seed oil and coconut oil as well as Yakima Valley spearmint, the