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WBA releases social responsibility report

WBA releases social responsibility report

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) today released its annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report for fiscal 2016, highlighting the company’s ongoing support for people in its communities and workplaces, and overall progress toward its environmental and social goals. WBA strives to be

CVS cuts trans fats from store-brand foods

CVS cuts trans fats from store-brand foods

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Artificial trans fats are now gone from a range of store-brand food products at CVS Pharmacy. CVS said Wednesday that it’s the first national retail drug chain to remove partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) — the chief source of artificial trans fats in

Walmart U.S. comp-store sales up 1.8%

Walmart U.S. comp-store sales up 1.8%

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart’s U.S. business accelerated in the fiscal fourth quarter, with domestic same-store sales posting their biggest increase since 2012. It was the 10th consecutive quarter of same-store sales growth for Walmart, which also said global e-commerce sales surged during in the three

Lidl to make U.S. debut this summer

Lidl to make U.S. debut this summer

ARLINGTON, Va. — The German discount grocer Lidl says it will make its U.S. debut this summer, opening 20 stores in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The retailer says it plans to have as many as 100 stores in the country within a year.

Walgreens chief merchant Linda Filler to depart

Walgreens chief merchant Linda Filler to depart

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens chief merchant Linda Filler is leaving the drug chain effective April 1. A Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) spokesman on Wednesday confirmed the departure of Filler, who holds the titles of president of retail products as well as chief merchandising and marketing

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RETAIL NEWS

Fred’s appoints senior VPs of merchandising, supply chain

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred’s Inc. has appointed senior vice presidents for general merchandise and consumables merchandising, including the hiring of a former CVS Health executive, and named a senior vice president to oversee its supply chain. The discount and pharmacy retailer said late Monday that

Walmart to streamline way it buys for web site

NEW YORK — Walmart plans to streamline its buying process so that the same merchants can purchase products for the retailer’s stores and its web site, according to published reports. The move should help Walmart leverage its considerable buying power to make its online offering

Dollar General enters 44th state

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General Corp. expanded into its 44th state on Sunday with the opening of a store in Hankinson, North Dakota. The company said it plans to open six additional stores in the state through this spring. “Celebrating today’s grand opening in North

Walgreens CIO Abhi Dhar reportedly to depart

NEW YORK — Walgreens CIO Abhi Dhar is slated to exit the company next month to lead an online marketing startup company focusing on the retail arena, according to CIO magazine. Walgreens declined to comment to CIO about a replacement for Dhar. Dhar’s LinkedIn page

NRF forecasts sales growth for 2017

WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation on Wednesday forecast that retail industry sales will grow between 3.7% and 4.2% in 2017. Online and other non-store/online sales, which are included in the overall number, are expected to increase between 8% and 12%. NRF’s definition of retail

SUPPLIER NEWS

Hershey’s incoming CEO announces team

HERSHEY, Pa. — Incoming Hershey Co. president and chief executive officer Michele Buck has named a new executive leadership team. Announcing the appointments this week, Hershey said the revamped management team balances continuity through leaders from within the company and top talent from outside the

Tom’s of Maine grows natural body care line

KENNEBUNK, Maine — Tom’s of Maine has extended its personal care product roster with newest additions to its natural body care line. The natural products company this week launched three body washes and four beauty bars, now available at retailers nationwide. Made with most trusted

EcoTools teams up with the Miss America Organization

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — EcoTools is partnering with the Miss America Organization to be the exclusive provider of cosmetic accessories to the organization. EcoTools, a brand from Paris Presents Inc., offers a full collection of makeup accessories, featuring cruelty-free, recyclable materials. “We are so pleased

Cra-Z-Art licenses BeatMoovz from Japan’s Dmet

RANDOLPH, N.J. — Cra-Z-Art has announced a strategic licensing agreement with Japan-based Dmet Properties to market and distribute BeatMoovz in the United States. BeatMoovz is a new musical electronic device that appeals to many age groups, from children to young adults. It is motion-activated and

PureMark Naturals line debuts

TEMPE, Ariz. — 21st Century HealthCare Inc. has introduced PureMark Naturals, a vitamin and supplement line. According to the company, the line offers natural, vegetarian and vegan choices, in addition to non-GMO-, gluten-, wheat-, dairy-, soy- and preservative-free options. The line also includes a natural superfood

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