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Target works to rebuild Minneapolis store

Target works to rebuild Minneapolis store

MINNEAPOLIS — Target is rebuilding its Lake Street store in Minneapolis, which was damaged in the wave of violence and frustration that erupted following the police killing of George Floyd that happened nearby. The retailer is making sure the effort reflects the needs and desires

CVS to double COVID-19 drive-thru test sites

CVS to double COVID-19 drive-thru test sites

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health expects to add more than 2,000 new COVID-19 drive-thru test sites at select CVS Pharmacy locations across the country to support the company’s ongoing efforts to increase access to testing and help slow the spread of the virus. The company

Report: Online grocery sales to reach $250 billion

Report: Online grocery sales to reach $250 billion

TORONTO — Online grocery sales are projected to reach $250 billion by 2025, according to new research from  Mercatus and Incisiv. That would be a more than 60% increase over pre-pandemic estimates and would represent 21.5% of total grocery sales. That projection is among the

Walgreens Test & Protect program launches

Walgreens Test & Protect program launches

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens has launched Walgreens Test & Protect, a new program to aid businesses in their COVID-19 work plans and strategies. The program is part of Walgreens’ latest expansion of COVID-19 testing, which also includes increased capacity across its testing sites to allow

Catalina tracks spending changes in COVID era

Catalina tracks spending changes in COVID era

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Grocery shopping has changed significantly in the six months since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, according to Catalina. The shopper intelligence firm said that people continue to spend more at the grocery store each month during the pandemic,

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RETAIL NEWS

Retail recovery continues in August

WASHINGTON – Retail sales gains in August point to continued recovery from the coronavirus, the National Retail Federation said on Wednesday. “While August retail sales numbers were a bit mixed, we believe the consumer is resilient and is in good shape as we head into

CVS teams with Apple Fitness+

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health is offering special access for clients, customers and employees to Fitness+, a subscription fitness service that Apple unveiled on Tuesday. The new service, set to arrive later this year, will aim to use data from a user’s Apple Watch to

GIANT adding 4,000 workers

CARLISLE, Pa. — GIANT Co. plans to hire an additional 4,000 part- and full-time employees to help it meet consumers’ strong demand for groceries, the company said Tuesday. The hiring spree includes jobs at a new store slated to open on October 23 in Harrisburg,

Loblaw takes significant step toward digital health

TORONTO — Loblaw Co. said on Monday that its wholly owned subsidiary Shoppers Drug Mart will invest $75 million in Maple Corp., the leading virtual care provider in Canada, in exchange for a material minority stake in Loblaw.Maple is a thriving Canadian telemedicine provider that

SpartanNash gets a new CEO

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – SpartanNash Co. today announced it has hired Tony Sarsam as president and chief executive officer. Sarsam begins his new job on September 21, when he’ll also take a seat on the board at SpartanNash, which distributes grocery products to independent and

SUPPLIER NEWS

Kanioura named an EVP at PepsiCo

PURCHASE, N.Y. — PepsiCo. has appointed Athina Kanioura executive vice president and chief strategy and transformation officer. She will report to chairman and chief executive officer Ramon Laguarta. In this new role, Kanioura will lead PepsiCo’s end-to-end strategy to win both as a total company and

CeraVe creates a best-of-both worlds facial cleanser

NEW YORK — CeraVe has launched its Hydrating Cream-to-Foam Cleanser, a moisture balancing facial cleanser that makes cleansing about giving back to skin, not just taking from it. The new product joins the brand’s extensive line of cleansers, each formulated with three essential ceramides and hydrating

Curaleaf appoints Talley Wettlaufer senior VP of retail

WAKEFIELD, Mass. — Curaleaf Holdings has appointed Talley Wettlaufer as senior vice president of retail for Curaleaf, succeeding Chris Melillo, who has left the company. “As Curaleaf continues on its growth trajectory, we are extremely pleased to appoint Talley to lead our retail customer experience and

Exsens launches aloe vera-based intimate cleansing gel

CRANSTON, R.I. – French sexual wellness and body care company Exsens is adding to its growing intimate care line via the introduction of Intime Balance, a gentle, aloe vera-based intimate cleansing gel. Joining the already popular Intime Fresh foaming cleanser, Intime Balance offers the same