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Hy-Vee opens DSW shoe shops in Twin Cities

Hy-Vee opens DSW shoe shops in Twin Cities

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.  — Hy-Vee Inc. has opened its first DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse “shop-in-shops” in the Twin Cities. The first locations opened in Hy-Vee stores in Brooklyn Park and Eagan, Minn., the company said Monday, and four more locations are scheduled to open over the

Oracle and Walmart team on tentative TikTok deal

Oracle and Walmart team on tentative TikTok deal

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — President Trump announced this weekend that ByteDance has received tentative approval for an agreement with the U.S. government to resolve the outstanding issues, which will now include Oracle and Walmart together investing to acquire 20% of the newly formed TikTok Global business. As a

Rite Aid adds Kruse to its executive ranks

Rite Aid adds Kruse to its executive ranks

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid has appointed Trent Kruse as senior vice president of investor relations and treasury. The company has named a number of senior leaders in recent months to align key personnel with the Rite Aid’s RxEvolution strategy, which it describes as

Walmart aims to be “regenerative company”

Walmart aims to be “regenerative company”

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart plans to address the climate crisis by having zero emissions across its global operations by 2040, the company said Monday. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are also committing to help protect, manage or restore at least 50 million acres of land

Target works to rebuild Minneapolis store

Target works to rebuild Minneapolis store

MINNEAPOLIS — Target is rebuilding its Lake Street store in Minneapolis, which was damaged in the wave of violence and frustration that erupted following the police killing of George Floyd that happened nearby. The retailer is making sure the effort reflects the needs and desires

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RETAIL NEWS

Walmart Health concept to expand

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart marked the one-year anniversary of the opening of its first Walmart Health outlet by vowing to expand the concept. “Our experience this year has made two things clear: Walmart Health is having a real impact on increasing access to care in

CVS to double COVID-19 drive-thru test sites

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health expects to add more than 2,000 new COVID-19 drive-thru test sites at select CVS Pharmacy locations across the country to support the company’s ongoing efforts to increase access to testing and help slow the spread of the virus. The company

Report: Online grocery sales to reach $250 billion

TORONTO — Online grocery sales are projected to reach $250 billion by 2025, according to new research from  Mercatus and Incisiv. That would be a more than 60% increase over pre-pandemic estimates and would represent 21.5% of total grocery sales. That projection is among the

Walgreens Test & Protect program launches

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens has launched Walgreens Test & Protect, a new program to aid businesses in their COVID-19 work plans and strategies. The program is part of Walgreens’ latest expansion of COVID-19 testing, which also includes increased capacity across its testing sites to allow

Catalina tracks spending changes in COVID era

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Grocery shopping has changed significantly in the six months since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, according to Catalina. The shopper intelligence firm said that people continue to spend more at the grocery store each month during the pandemic,

SUPPLIER NEWS

Research shows xylitol effective in blocking coronavirus

AMERICAN FORK, Utah — Research from the University of Tennessee confirms that xylitol (the active ingredient in Xlear Nasal Spray), has a potent ability to block viral adhesion of the SARS-CoV-2, inactivating more than 99.9% of the virus that causes COVID-19. This new research supports

Kanioura named an EVP at PepsiCo

PURCHASE, N.Y. — PepsiCo. has appointed Athina Kanioura executive vice president and chief strategy and transformation officer. She will report to chairman and chief executive officer Ramon Laguarta. In this new role, Kanioura will lead PepsiCo’s end-to-end strategy to win both as a total company and

CeraVe creates a best-of-both worlds facial cleanser

NEW YORK — CeraVe has launched its Hydrating Cream-to-Foam Cleanser, a moisture balancing facial cleanser that makes cleansing about giving back to skin, not just taking from it. The new product joins the brand’s extensive line of cleansers, each formulated with three essential ceramides and hydrating

Curaleaf appoints Talley Wettlaufer senior VP of retail

WAKEFIELD, Mass. — Curaleaf Holdings has appointed Talley Wettlaufer as senior vice president of retail for Curaleaf, succeeding Chris Melillo, who has left the company. “As Curaleaf continues on its growth trajectory, we are extremely pleased to appoint Talley to lead our retail customer experience and

Exsens launches aloe vera-based intimate cleansing gel

CRANSTON, R.I. – French sexual wellness and body care company Exsens is adding to its growing intimate care line via the introduction of Intime Balance, a gentle, aloe vera-based intimate cleansing gel. Joining the already popular Intime Fresh foaming cleanser, Intime Balance offers the same