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Rite Aid promotes senior VP of operations

Rite Aid promotes senior VP of operations

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Derek Griffith has been appointed executive vice president of store operations at Rite Aid Corp. With the promotion, Griffith takes over the position vacated by Bryan Everett, who in early September was named chief operating officer of Rite Aid stores. Everett

Ahold Delhaize U.S. brands to adopt IRI platform

Ahold Delhaize U.S. brands to adopt IRI platform

NEW YORK — Food and drug retailer Ahold Delhaize plans to implement IRI’s sales and supply chain analytics platform for its Ahold USA and Delhaize America brands. Under a long-term agreement announced Tuesday, IRI will leverage its IRI Liquid Data platform to provide integrated point-of-sale

Albertsons taps Perkins to head Safeway East

Albertsons taps Perkins to head Safeway East

BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons Cos. has tapped Jim Perkins to serve as president of Safeway’s Eastern Division. He succeeds Dan Valenzuela, who the company said left to pursue other opportunities. The 125-store division comprises Safeway’s stores in Virginia, D.C., Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania. Perkins will

NRF: Retail sales rose in September

NRF: Retail sales rose in September

WASHINGTON – Retail sales in September were up 0.5% over August on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the National Retail Federation, and were up 3.2% year-over-year on an unadjusted basis. The numbers exclude sales of automobiles, or those at gasoline stations and restaurants. “Retail

Catalina names global chief retail officer

Catalina names global chief retail officer

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tom Corley has joined Catalina as global chief retail officer and president of U.S. retail. The shopper intelligence and personalized digital media firm said Monday that, in the role, Corley will lead Catalina’s U.S. retail business and bring added leadership to

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RETAIL NEWS

Ahold USA rolls out digital tools for shoppers

CARLISLE, Pa. — Ahold USA’s banners are seeking to leverage new digital programs to connect with shoppers both in its stores and online. The digital growth strategies are being rolled out at the Stop & Shop, Giant Food, GIANT/MARTIN’S, and Peapod banners, include significant investments

Albertsons chains to raise money for wildfire relief

PLEASANTON, Calif. — The Albertsons Cos. Foundation said it would hold an in-store fundraiser to raise money for wildfire relief. Safeway, Vons, Pavilions and Albertsons stores in California and northern Nevada are raising money to help disaster relief organizations, including the Red Cross, to prepare

Kroger plans to redefine grocery experience

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. on Wednesday unveiled its plan to redefine its strategic focus to food products and the grocery experience. Details of the plan, called Restock Kroger, were presented at the company’s annual investor conference. Kroger also reiterated that it is exploring strategic alternatives

Southeastern Grocers expands banners

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Southeastern Grocers continues to expand its Fresco y Más and Harveys Supermarket banners, with eight new stores set to open early next month throughout Florida. The grocer will open five new Fresco y Más stores in South Florida, and three new Harveys

Walmart: online sales to soar next year

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart expects that its U.S. online sales will grow 40% in its next fiscal year, which starts on February 1. That forecast came ahead of the giant retailer’s annual meeting for the investment community on Tuesday, during which the company announced plans

SUPPLIER NEWS

Gillette TREO razor is designed for use by caregivers

BOSTON — Procter & Gamble Co.’s (P&G’s) Gillette brand is offering caregivers in the United States and the U.K. the opportunity to sample TREO, an assisted razor designed for people who are unable to shave themselves. The brand has said that while supplies last, U.S.

Emerson Group names Ed Morgan president

WAYNE, Pa. — The Emerson Group has named Ed Morgan as president. Prior to his promotion, Morgan was serving the company as vice president and partner. He joined Emerson in 2005 as business manager, a role that allowed him to contribute to the company’s Bentonville,

Nivea launches its Radiant Silk In-Shower Body Lotion

WILTON, Conn. — Beiersdorf Inc.’s Nivea brand has introduced the Nivea Radiant Silk In-Shower Body Lotion, which moisturizes while exfoliating the skin. “All of our products are developed based on insights from our consumers, and we saw a need in the marketplace to create an

Pfizer mulls possible sale of consumer health unit

NEW YORK — Pfizer Inc. is assessing strategic options for its Pfizer Consumer Healthcare subsidiary, including a potential sale. The pharmaceutical giant said this week that it’s considering “a full or partial separation of the Consumer Healthcare business from Pfizer through a spin-off, sale or

KISS Gold Edition hair tools roll out to Walmart, Kroger

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. — KISS Products Inc. is expanding retail distribution of its KISS Gold Edition hair appliances and accessories to Walmart and Kroger. KISS said Wednesday that the rollout to the two mass chains builds on KISS Gold Edition’s launch in July exclusively at Amazon.com. The