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LEADING HEADLINES

GMDC looks at ‘center store of the future’

GMDC looks at ‘center store of the future’

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Capitalizing on high-margin opportunities across the center store and taking a holistic view can pay off dramatically, says the Global Market Development Center (GMDC) in its latest next-practice report, “Center Store: Essential for Total Store Growth.” Conventional retailers must rethink their

Walgreens app attracts 55+ demographic

Walgreens app attracts 55+ demographic

DEERFIELD, Ill. — The Walgreens app is driving more than twice the adoption rate of industry averages among adults age 55 and older, the company said yesterday. The app, already one of the most popular retailer apps with tens of millions of users nationwide, has

Supermarket trends

Supermarket trends

ARLINGTON, Va. — Grocery shoppers want “a clear and honest experience” with their food, according to the Food Marketing Institute (FMI). And to guarantee such an experience, shoppers are demanding transparency from players all along the food supply chain, FMI said in its “2017 U.S.

India ripe for retail

India ripe for retail

CHICAGO — An expanding economy and a growing middle class make India the developing country that is most promising for retail development, according to the latest Global Retail Development Index (GRDI) from management consulting firm A.T. Kearney Inc. Recent changes in the regulatory environment is

Albertsons’ Perkins retakes helm at Acme Markets

Albertsons’ Perkins retakes helm at Acme Markets

BOISE, Idaho — Jim Perkins, executive vice president of retail operations and special projects at Albertsons Cos., has taken on the additional role of president of Acme Markets. Perkins formerly served three years as Acme’s president but was promoted to chief operating officer of Albertsons’

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RETAIL NEWS

Fred’s and Nielsen expand analytical relationship

NEW YORK — Fred’s Inc. and Nielsen recently announced an expansion of their long-term relationship with the renewal of data insights and analytics services. With this agreement, Nielsen will become the exclusive account-level data provider for Fred’s, covering metrics for all 601 Fred’s stores in

Dollar General names Jason Reiser chief merchant

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General Corp. has named Jason Reiser as executive vice president and chief merchandising officer. Plans call for Reiser, currently executive vice president and chief operating officer at The Vitamin Shoppe, to join Dollar General on July 12. He will replace Jim

Leadership transition at The Fresh Market

GREENSBORO, N.C. —The Fresh Market announced that Rick Anicetti resigned as chief executive officer and board member on June 19. Brian Nicholson, chief financial officer, was appointed interim CEO, effective immediately. Nicholson will continue to serve as CFO. The Fresh Market’s senior leadership team will

Giant/Martin’s sets succession plan

CARLISLE, Pa. — Nick Bertram, senior vice president of merchandising at Ahold USA, has been named as president of Giant/Martin’s, effective January 2018. Bertram was selected to succeed Tom Lenkevich, who has been Giant/Martin’s president since 2014 and is retiring at the end of the

Southeastern Grocers CEO Ian McLeod resigns

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Southeastern Grocers said president and chief executive officer Ian McLeod is resigning from the company to pursue another career opportunity. The supermarket retailer late Monday announced that chief operating officer Anthony Hucker will serve interim president and CEO effective July 1 as the

SUPPLIER NEWS

Hain Celestial Group promotes Langrock to CFO

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. — The Hain Celestial Group Inc. announced the appointment of James Langrock as executive vice president and chief financial officer. Langrock succeeds Pasquale “Pat” Conte, who is leaving to pursue other opportunities, the company said in a statement, adding that Conte will work with Langrock

Time Inc. Retail veteran Joe Bivona retires

NEW YORK — Time Inc. Retail announced the retirement of longtime executive Joe Bivona, who served at the company for 29 years. Bivona’s most recent position with the media publishing giant was vice president of customer ­development. “The decision to leave the company was not

Sundial Brands adds prestige skin care line

AMITYVILLE, N.Y. — Sundial Brands has recently launched the company’s first prestige skin care line, called nyakio. Founder Nyakio Kamoche Grieco, a first-generation American of Kenyan descent, partnered with Sundial Brands to bring nyakio to the U.S. market. Nyakio products are grounded in indigenous ingredients,

Hallmark introduces virtual reality cards for Father’s Day

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — This Father’s Day, Hallmark Cards Inc. is bringing the latest top tech trend to greeting cards by launching virtual reality greeting cards that offer 360-degree viewing tied to the theme of the card: surfing, sky-diving, motorcycle racing and car racing. “At

Sam and Nic Chapman recognized by Glamour

GURNEE, Ill. — Paris Presents Inc. announced that makeup artists Sam and Nic Chapman, who teamed with the company on the  Real Techniques by Sam & Nic line of makeup brushes and sponges, have won Glamour magazine’s “Youtuber of the Year” award. The duo, who