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Walmart posts third quarter sales gains

Walmart posts third quarter sales gains

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart reported better-than-expected comparable store sales gains in the third quarter. The company’s online business was also strong, with net e-commerce sales increasing 50% in the quarter. “We are pleased with the strong results in the quarter across each of our business

Gretchen Carlson tabbed as NACDS Foundation Dinner speaker

Gretchen Carlson tabbed as NACDS Foundation Dinner speaker

ARLINGTON, Va. — News anchor and best-selling author Gretchen Carlson will speak at this month’s NACDS Foundation Dinner in New York City. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores said Wednesday that Carlson is known for her insights on the political climate, news of the

Target sees sales, traffic gains in third quarter

Target sees sales, traffic gains in third quarter

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp.’s third quarter sales and earnings beat expectations, and the company said it is upbeat about its prospects for the holiday season. But the company’s fourth quarter profit outlook disappointed Wall Street, sending its shares down in early trading on Wednesday. Target

Service providers Advantage, Daymon joining forces

Service providers Advantage, Daymon joining forces

NEW YORK — In what the companies are calling “a milestone moment for the consumer goods and retail industries,” Advantage Services and Daymon are joining forces in a partnership that will unite two leading providers of services to retailers and consumer goods companies. As part

Hy-Vee acquires pair of telepharmacy locations

Hy-Vee acquires pair of telepharmacy locations

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Hy-Vee Inc. has acquired two telepharmacy locations in Iowa and rebannered them as Hy-Vee Pharmacy. Financial terms weren’t disclosed. The food and drug retailer said Tuesday that the telepharmacies, formerly operated by TelePharm LLC, now part of Cardinal Health Inc.,

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RETAIL NEWS

Publix promotes executives

LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix Super Markets Inc. on Monday announced four executive moves that president and chief executive officer Todd Jones said are designed to address the retailer’s growth and support continued innovation. The changes will be effective January 1. Randy Barber, 55, will be

Supervalu promotes Anne Dament

MINNEAPOLIS — Supervalu Inc. said Monday that it has promoted Anne Dament to executive vice president of retail, marketing and private brands. The move is one of three executive changes announced by the company. The company also said that Karla Robertson, executive vice president, general

Walmart to launch online Lord & Taylor store

BENTONVILLE, Ark.  — Walmart and Lord & Taylor announced Monday that they are teaming up to create a new online fashion destination. The companies said that Lord & Taylor will launch a flagship store on Walmart.com. The online store, expected to launch in spring 2018,

Target speeds online shopping for holiday edge

MINNEAPOLIS — Target says its ability to use its store network to get online orders faster, together with the compelling new brands it has on offer, should translate into a strong sales in the upcoming holiday season. The retailer pointed out in a blog post

Loblaw Cos. shifts to single loyalty program

TORONTO — Next year, Loblaw Cos. plans to launch a unified customer loyalty program that joins the Shoppers Optimum and PC Plus plans of its Shoppers Drug Mart and supermarket chains. Called PC Optimum, the combined loyalty program will enable members to earn and redeem

SUPPLIER NEWS

GuruNanda Mini Tree diffuser debuts at Walmart

BREA, Calif. — GuruNanda has introduced the GuruNanda Mini Tree, an easy-to-use 100 ml USB diffuser for essential oils that utilizes ultrasonic waves to diffuse the oils for up to four hours. The essential oils together with water form a mist that disperses into the air

Nielsen strengthens relationship with Walmart

NEW YORK — Nielsen announced Thursday that it had been named Walmart’s preferred provider of point-of-sale data, and was expanding its partnership with the giant retailer. Nielsen chief executive officer Mitch Barns shared details of the arrangement during the the company’s Investors Day conference. According

PepsiCo launching special holiday products

PURCHASE, N.Y. —  This holiday season, PepsiCo is rolling out a number of special snack and beverage products that will be available for a limited time. They include new products (like Pepsi Salted Caramel soda and  Cheetos Sweetos Holiday Cinnamon Sugar Puffs) as well as

Zicam adds Medicated Fruit Drops to its cold remedy lineup

BRIDGEWATER, N.J.— Matrixx Initiatives Inc.’s Zicam brand is expanding its cold remedy product lineup to include Zicam Cold Remedy Medicated Fruit Drops. Available in an assortment of fruit flavors, the company said the drops are formulated to help consumers shorten the length of their cold when

Hallmark celebrates 100 years of gift wrap

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hallmark Cards Inc. is celebrating the 100th anniversary of gift wrap. The greeting card publisher said it established the gift wrap industry in Kansas City during the Christmas season in 1917. “Gift wrap, or gift dressing, as it was called in