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Food Lion named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year

Food Lion named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year

SALISBURY, N.C. – Food Lion’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions have led to the grocery chain being named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for 19 consecutive years, the company said Friday. “Food Lion has received this honor more times than any other company,” said

Retailers back idea of credit insurance plan

Retailers back idea of credit insurance plan

WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation welcomed a report released this week calling for a federal backstop for trade credit insurance. The proposal could help provide the liquidity retailers badly need as they recover from the recession brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, NRF said

Lidl prompts lower prices on Long Island

Lidl prompts lower prices on Long Island

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Lidl’s recent entrance into the eastern suburbs of New York City prompted rival grocers to cut prices on key staples, according to an analysis by the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School. Prior to Lidl’s arrival, supermarket operators on Long

Meijer opens five supercenters in the Midwest

Meijer opens five supercenters in the Midwest

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer has opened five supercenters across the Midwest, president and chief executive officer Rick Keyes said on Thursday. The five stores — located in Manitowoc, Wis.; Sycamore, Ill.; Bad Axe, Mich.; and Brimfield and Lorain, Ohio — each measure about 159,000

Costco sees sales surge in June

Costco sees sales surge in June

ISSAQUAH, Wash. — Costco Wholesale Corp. reported net sales of $16.18 billion for the five weeks ended July 5, an increase of 11.1% from the $14.57 billion recorded in the comparable period last year. For the 44-week year-to-date period, Costco reported net sales of $136.37

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RETAIL NEWS

WBA reports fiscal 2020 third quarter results

DEERFIELD, Ill. —  Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) said on Thursday its financial results for the fiscal 2020 third quarter, which ended May 31,  were significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Prior to the pandemic our financial performance for fiscal 2020 was on track with our

Walmart+ to take on Amazon Prime

BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Walmart is reportedly set to open a new front in its fight for a bigger share of the digital marketplace. Technology news website Recode is reporting that Walmart this month will introduce Walmart+, a subscription service promising same-day delivery of groceries and

Uber adding grocery delivery

SAN FRANCISCO – Uber is adding grocery delivery through its Uber and Uber Eats apps in several U.S. cities, the company said Wednesday. The ride-hailing service is collaborating with Cornershop, a grocery delivery startup based in Santiago, Chile. Uber last year agreed to take a

Online grocery sales increase in June

BARRINGTON, Ill. — Online grocery sales grew in June, driven by coronavirus fears and the increased availability of pickup and delivery services from retailers. U.S. online grocery sales totaled $7.2 billion in June, an increase of 9% over May, according to a Brick Meets Click/Mercatus

Walgreens expands partnership with VillageMD

DEERFIELD, Ill.  – Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) is partnering with VillageMD to roll out full-service doctors offices in its stores, the companies said Wednesday. The move follows a successful trial begun last year. The plan calls for the opening of 500 to 700 “Village Medical

SUPPLIER NEWS

Hello launches new deodorants

MONTCLAIR, N.J. — Hello Products has launched a new line of deodorants that the company dubs “naturally friendly” because they come in packaging made with 100% previously recycled materials and are made with natural, sustainably sourced ingredients. The naturally friendly line comes in two scents —

Nature’s Bounty launches Stress Comfort Gummies

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. —  Nature’s Bounty Co.’s Nature’s Bounty brand is launching its Stress Comfort Gummies, a line of three  flavored products — Peaceful Dreams, Peace of Mind and Mood Booster — to address consumer’s stress needs. Available at such retailers as CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Kroger

Arm & Hammer introduces Talc Free Odor Control Foot Powder

EWING, N.J. — Arm & Hammer is launching a Talc Free Odor Control Foot Powder with Fresh Guard technology that combines Arm & Hammer Baking Soda with odor neutralizing ingredients to provide foot odor protection.The new Arm & Hammer Talc Free Odor Control Foot Powder