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H-E-B looks to do more in specialty pharmacy

H-E-B looks to do more in specialty pharmacy

SAN ANTONIO — H-E-B has earned full accreditation to deliver specialty pharmacy clinical services to patients with complex and chronic diseases in more than 260 stores across Texas. The food and drug retailer said the H-E-B Specialty Pharmacy division has received Specialty Pharmacy Accreditation from

Wakefern names Chris Lane as exec vice president

Wakefern names Chris Lane as exec vice president

KEASBEY, N.J. — Wakefern Food Corp. has promoted Chris Lane, senior vice president of product divisions, to executive vice president of the company. Lane, a 13-year veteran of Wakefern, will guide day-to-day operations and strategy planning. Wakefern comprises 50 member companies that own and operate

Rite Aid, CVS offer flu shot incentives

Rite Aid, CVS offer flu shot incentives

NEW YORK — In support of National Influenza Vaccination Week, Rite Aid and CVS Pharmacy are giving consumers more reasons to come to their pharmacies for a flu shot. Rite Aid is offering customers $5 off the cash price of a flu vaccination through Dec.

Poll: Shoppers prefer stores to online for beauty

Poll: Shoppers prefer stores to online for beauty

NEW YORK — Despite U.S. consumers’ ever-tightening embrace of online shopping, brick-and-mortar stores still trump digital channels when it comes to grooming and cosmetics purchases, according to The Harris Poll. About nine in 10 consumers shop in person for hair styling products (91%), shampoos and

Rick Keyes to become Meijer CEO

Rick Keyes to become Meijer CEO

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Meijer president Rick Keyes will take on the additional title of chief executive officer, effective January 1. In that post he will succeed current CEO Hank Meijer, who will serve as executive chairman of the Meijer board. “We have witnessed Rick’s

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RETAIL NEWS

Patients give Hy-Vee’s Amber Pharmacy high marks

OMAHA, Neb. — Hy-Vee Inc. subsidiary Amber Pharmacy ranked the highest out of all U.S. specialty pharmacies in patient satisfaction with pharmacy staff in a survey conducted by Zitter Health Insights. Fielding responses from more than 3,000 patients across 38 U.S. specialty pharmacies, the Zitter

MMR honors Seven Who Made a Difference

NEW YORK — Mass Market Retailers on Tuesday evening honored the outstanding executives who were chosen as the publication’s Seven Who Made a Difference in 2016. On hand to receive awards were the following executives: John Butcher, Senior Vice President of Merchandising for Beauty and

Thanksgiving shopping saw deeper discounts

CHICAGO — The nation’s retailers used hefty discounts to lure Black Friday shoppers into their stores and to their websites to capture as much spending as they could over the four-day Thanksgiving weekend, according to research firm Market Track LLC. Retailers proactively released their circulars

Target expands Cyber Monday sale

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. is wooing Cyber Monday shoppers by bringing back last years 15%-off sale, but launching it a day early and extending it to purchases made in brick-and-mortar stores as well as on the Target.com web site. “Target is building on last year’s

Retailers cheer blocked overtime rule

WASHINGTON — Retailers applauded a a judge’s ruling preventing the Labor Department’s changes to a federal overtime rule from taking effect on December 1. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant issued a preliminary injunction blocking implementation of a Labor Department rule that would have required businesses

SUPPLIER NEWS

Kimberly-Clark names Michael Hsu president, COO

DALLAS — Kimberly-Clark Corp. has named Michael Hsu, currently group president for North American consumer products, as president and chief operating officer. He will join the company’s board of directors effective January 1. Thomas Falk will remain chairman of the board and chief executive officer,

Mondelez launches Milka Oreo candy bars

EAST HANOVER, N.J. — Mondelēz International Inc.’s Oreo brand has introduced  a line of Milka Oreo candy bars that combine Oreo cookies and Milka European chocolate candy. “We are always exploring ways to diversify the Oreo product portfolio in order to surprise and delight fans,

NBTY becomes The Nature’s Bounty Co.

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. — The nutritional supplement maker NBTY Inc. is changing its name to The Nature’s Bounty Co. to better communicate its health and wellness focus to consumers. “For millions of people around the world, Nature’s Bounty and all our brands are an important part

E.l.f. Beauty thrives with social, multichannel strategies

OAKLAND, Calif. — E.l.f. Beauty Inc. cites its strong social media presence and multichannel approach as key factors behind its robust sales growth. The cosmetics and beauty care company has reported an 11% year-over-year sales gain to $56.3 million for the third quarter and a

TABS Analytics webinar to dissect beauty market

SHELTON, Conn. — TABS Analytics next week plans to release the results of its third annual TABS Analytics Beauty Study, shedding some light on the ever-changing buying habits of consumers in a core mass retail market. Surveying 1,000 women ages 18 to 75 in October,

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