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Walmart boosts holiday staffing with its own employees

Walmart boosts holiday staffing with its own employees

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart is gearing up for a busy holiday shopping season by offering employees the opportunity to add hours and earn extra money instead of hiring thousands of seasonal workers to stock shelves, greet shoppers and ring up customers’ orders, the company announced

Shoppers Drug Mart to debut new Wellwise format

Shoppers Drug Mart to debut new Wellwise format

TORONTO — Shoppers Drug Mart is recasting the shopping experience for seniors with a new store format dubbed Wellwise. The Wellwise by Shoppers Drug Mart outlet caters to the needs of aging Canadians who don’t want an “old person’s store,” said Theresa Firestone, senior vice

Analysts size up new WBA-Rite Aid deal

Analysts size up new WBA-Rite Aid deal

NEW YORK — The impending closure of Walgreens Boots Alliance’s purchase of nearly 2,000 Rite Aid stores will clear the fog around both companies since their terminated merger deal and enable them to move ahead, Wall Street analysts say. WBA and Rite Aid yesterday announced

Deloitte forecasts healthy retail holiday sales gains

Deloitte forecasts healthy retail holiday sales gains

NEW YORK — Retailers should see holiday sales rise a healthy 4% to 4.5% over last year and surpass $1 trillion, according to a forecast by Deloitte, which foresees sales increasing in stores and online. “The projected uptick in holiday sales ties to four primary

WBA gains FTC approval to buy 1,932 Rite Aid stores

WBA gains FTC approval to buy 1,932 Rite Aid stores

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) announced today that it has secured regulatory clearance for an amended and restated asset purchase agreement to purchase 1,932 stores, three distribution centers and related inventory from Rite Aid Corp. for $4.375 billion in cash and other

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RETAIL NEWS

Walmart to build new headquarters

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart is planning to build a new headquarters in its hometown here. The new facility, which is expected to take five to seven years to complete, will replace the location that has housed the retailer’s corporate offices since 1971. Walmart revealed its

Lidl expanding into Alabama

DECATUR, Ala. — Alabama is the next stop in the expansion drive for Lidl, the German discount grocer that made its U.S. debut in June with the opening of stores in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The company’s Lidl US division plans to add

FMI presents food safety award to Publix

ARLINGTON, VA — The Food Marketing Institute has presented its inaugural Food Safety Innovation Award to Publix Super Markets Inc. “We created this award to recognize companies that have made an innovative contribution and commitment to food safety and to encourage others in the industry,

Target to boost holiday hiring

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. on Wednesday announced plans to hire about 100,000 extra workers to staff its stores this holiday season, an increase of just over 40% compared to the 70,000 it hired last year. The retailer said it also plans to hire 4,500 team

Kroger introduces Kitchen 1883 restaurant

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co.’s culinary development team announced on Thursday a new restaurant concept, Kitchen 1883, offering diners a fresh take on comfort food. The restaurant is set to open late next month in Union, Ky., about 16 miles southeast of Cincinnati. The name is

SUPPLIER NEWS

Hello introduces toddler training toothpaste

MONTCLAIR, N.J — Hello Products has introduced Organic Apple Toddler Training Toothpaste for children ages 3 months to 2 years old. The company said the clear gel is formulated with xylitol, erythritol, soothing aloe vera and other ingredients to help clean delicate teeth and gums.

S.C. Johnson acquires two consumer brands

RACINE, Wis. – S.C. Johnson & Son Inc. has signed an agreement to acquire Method and Ecover, two consumer brands from People Against Dirty, a leading company whose home care, hand and body, and laundry products are sold in North America, Europe and other areas of

Hallmark introduces innovations to its fall card lineup

KANSAS CITY — Hallmark Cards Inc. is introducing innovations to its new premium cards and licensed characters to appear on cards for the fall holidays. Some of the innovations include Halloween cards that pop up with surprises, birthday cards with wearable accessories and cards with

Mane Choice launches Heavenly Halo hair care collection

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Mane Choice is introducing its Heavenly Halo collection of hair care products specifically formulated to promote hydration. The six-product line will be available exclusively at Target. According to Mane Choice founder Courtney Adeleye, the products are “physician-formulated with biotin, vitamins and

IRI Illness Tracking identifies cough/cold, allergy sufferers

CHICAGO — IRI has partnered with Symphony Health to launch IRI Illness Tracking, a solution that pinpoints consumers who suffer from cough, cold, flu and allergy symptoms over the course of the year. IRI said the new service will offer cutting-edge tracking capabilities for the