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Acosta report finds mixed views on reopening

Acosta report finds mixed views on reopening

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. —  Acosta has released its fifth round of research providing insight into the continuing evolution of consumer behavior and outlook amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as some states and counties begin to reopen. The report, which found just over half of shoppers expect life to

Southeastern expands in Florida

Southeastern expands in Florida

  JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Southeastern Grocers announced plans to expand in Florida by opening eight recently acquired stores under its Winn-Dixie banner. Each of the properties became available after rival supermarket operators filed for bankruptcy and began shuttering stores. Earlier this year, Southeastern Grocers agreed

Dollar Tree reports same-store sales jump of 7%

Dollar Tree reports same-store sales jump of 7%

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Dollar Tree said same-store sales jumped 7% in its fiscal 2020 first quarter as shoppers stockpiled food and other essentials at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic. Comparable-store sales for the Family Dollar segment increased 15.5% from a year earlier, while comps

CVS to reach 1,000 COVID-19 test sites

CVS to reach 1,000 COVID-19 test sites

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Delivering on a commitment the company made in April, CVS Health will open additional COVID-19 test sites at select CVS Pharmacy drive-through locations on May 29, to establish a total of 1,000 sites across more than 30 states and Washington, D.C. Larry Merlo “It’s no small

IRI, Coresight Research launch monthly retail trends report

IRI, Coresight Research launch monthly retail trends report

CHICAGO  —  IRI and Coresight Research have launched a joint, monthly retail trend report providing insights into the future of retail for retailers and suppliers. The monthly reports will leverage the organizations’ combined expertise and unparalleled data assets from across the retail landscape — including purchase

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RETAIL NEWS

Retailers welcome Pandemic Risk Insurance Act

WASHINGTON – The National Retail Federation welcomed on Tuesday the introduction of the Pandemic Risk Insurance Act, which would establish a federal program to help businesses obtain insurance coverage for pandemics. The system would be modeled on one for terrorism insurance established following 9/11. “Congress

Ira Kress named president of Giant Food

QUINCY, MASS. – Ira Kress has been appointed president of Ahold Delhaize USA’s Giant Food unit, the company said Tuesday. He had been serving as interim president since July 2019. “Ira has been a dedicated leader for Giant Food for 36 years and we are

Gourlay to keep Walgreens on track

DEERFIELD, Ill. – With Richard Ashworth’s resignation as Walgreens president to lead Tivity Health Inc., one thread in the drug chain’s storied history is coming to an end, even as the overarching narrative of its transformation continues. Ashworth – whose duties are being assumed by

Meijer’s Rick Keyes named new NACDS chairman

ARLINGTON, Va. – Rick Keyes, president and chief executive officer of Meijer Inc., has succeeded Richard Ashworth as chairman of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. Triggered by Ashworth’s resignation as Walgreens president to become CEO at Tivity Health Inc., the transition adheres to

Kroger Health offers free telenutrition service

CINCINNATI —  Kroger Health has launched a free telenutrition service to help Americans shop for, prepare and enjoy healthy food during the COVID-19 crisis. The service is the latest offering from Kroger Health’s “food as medicine” platform. During the pandemic, customers’ shopping styles, cooking preferences

SUPPLIER NEWS

Carol’s Daughter unveils trio of hair care items

NEW YORK — Carol’s Daughter has expanded its Monoi hair care collection with three products powered by Monoi oil and Tahitian gardenias to repair, protect and moisturize. The Monoi collection and newest Repair + Beyond trio — Inner Strength System, Multi-Styling Milk and Star Strength

Piping Rock launches CBD product line

RONKONKOMA, N.Y.— Piping Rock, a leader in vitamin innovation, has recently launched its line of high-quality CBD products. According to the company, the decision has come with much deliberation and research into the potential benefits of the compound.Piping Rock has set out to accomplish something the

Necco Wafers returning to shelves this summer

BRYAN, Ohio — Spangler Candy Co. said Necco Wafers are returning to store shelves. Created in 1847, Necco Wafers are one of the oldest candy brands in existence. The original recipe has remained essentially unchanged over the years. Spangler said it purchased the brand out of

PLMA president Brian Sharoff dies

NEW YORK – Private Label Manufacturers Association president Brian Sharoff died on Saturday after a brief illness, according to Tim Simmons, the trade group’s vice president of communications. Sharoff was named president of PLMA in 1981, shortly after the association was founded. During his tenure

Jon Davler Inc. helps meet need for hand sanitizer

TEMPLE CITY, Calif. – Jon Davler Inc., owner of the LASplash Cosmetics and IONI Cosmetics brands, recently altered its manufacturing facilities to help satisfy surging demand for hand sanitizer during the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to its own brands, Jon Davler is a contract manufacturer