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J.D. Power releases 2019 U.S. pharmacy study

J.D. Power releases 2019 U.S. pharmacy study

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Despite the looming threat of disruption at the hands of e-commerce, the U.S. pharmacy industry continues to enjoy superior levels of customer satisfaction in both the brick-and-mortar and mail order segments, according to the J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Pharmacy Study, released

Giant Food opening new Maryland store

Giant Food opening new Maryland store

LANDOVER, Md. — Ahhold Delhaize USA’s Giant Food regional grocery chain, which operates in the greater Washington D.C. area, said on Monday that it planned to open a new store in Maryland at the end of the week. The store, set to hold its grand

Target adds Good & Gather food, beverage brand

Target adds Good & Gather food, beverage brand

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. on Monday announced the introduction of a new owned food and beverage brand called Good & Gather. The new line will be available in stores and online on Target.com for same-day delivery beginning September 15. “Our guests are incredibly busy and

CVS, Rite Aid, Walmart cut from main opioid trial

CVS, Rite Aid, Walmart cut from main opioid trial

CLEVELAND — The federal  judge overseeing the landmark opioid suit Thursday severed CVS Health entities, Rite Aid and Walmart from the main bellwether trial scheduled for October. Judge Dan Aaron Polster of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio granted the

Retail sales growth strong in July

Retail sales growth strong in July

WASHINGTON — Retail sales were up 0.9% in July seasonally adjusted from June and up 5.6% unadjusted year-over-year, the National Retail Federation said Thursday. The numbers exclude sales by automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants. “July’s strong results are consistent with a confident consumer,” NRF

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Walmart reports Q2 net income of $3.6 billion

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart reported on Thursday a second-quarter net income of $3.6 billion compared with a net loss of $861 million a year earlier. Revenue rose 1.8% to nearly $130.4 billion. Operating income, on a constant currency basis, declined 2.4% to $5.6 billion. “Customers

GIANT plans flagship supermarket in Philadelphia

CARLISLE, Pa. — GIANT Food Stores revealed plans for a flagship supermarket in a mixed-use urban development under construction on the banks of the Schuylkill River in downtown Philadelphia. The 65,000-square-foot GIANT store is expected to open by fall of 2020, the company said. “Like

Study finds store expansion is the norm

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Store closings make headlines, but new research from IHL Group has found that for every retailer that is closing stores (on net) in 2019, more than five other chains are opening them. The study also found that the number of chains adding

Giant launches pediatric cancer fundraising program

LANDOVER, Md. — Giant Food has launched its 15th annual fundraising program for pediatric cancer, which is designed to support cancer research initiatives. Giant said Tuesday that it aims to raise at least $2 million throughout the eight-week program, running from Aug. 16 to Oct.

Giant Eagle partners with higi

CHICAGO, Ill. – Giant Eagle Supermarkets is the latest retailer to partner with higi, a consumer health engagement company that operates health screening stations in retail stores and other locations. higi stations offer a convenient way to access free health screenings and ongoing health education

SUPPLIER NEWS

Nature’s Bounty names president, international

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. — Nature’s Bounty Co. has named Faissal Tahiri as president, international. Tahiri will be responsible for leading the growth of the company across Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and New Zealand. He reports to Nature’s Bounty president and chief executive officer Paul Sturman. “Faissal is a

Unilever U.S. names Terry Thomas as EVP of customer development

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS — Unilever U.S. has appointed Terry Thomas as executive vice president of customer development. He succeeds Gina Boswell, who will be retiring after eight years at the company. Thomas joined Unilever more than six years ago, leading the east grocery accounts as well

Pharmavite names Donaldson EVP of sales

WEST HILLS, Calif. — Pharmavite said Tuesday that it has appointed Bryan Donaldson executive vice president of sales. In this critical role, Donaldson will oversee all sales functionality for Pharmavite, including customer relationships, sales planning and forecasting, customer development and retail execution. Prior to his

OLLY taps Graham as celebrity ambassador

SAN FRANCISCO — Model, entrepreneur and body activist Ashley Grahamhas joined OLLY Nutrition as a brand ambassador. The company said Graham’s dedication to living a balanced and authentic lifestyle seamlessly complements OLLY’s mission of celebrating health as the foundation of happiness. While shooting a campaign

SheaMoisture debuts Purple Rice Water collection

AMITYVILLE, N.Y. — SheaMoisture has introduced the Purple Rice Water line, a collection of products that spans hair, body and skin care categories. According to the brand, Purple Rice Water is formulated to care for hair by  reducing friction, increasing elasticity and closing the cuticle,