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April 02, 2015

TOP STORY

Walmart strives for constant improvement

Greg Foran

In the eight months since becoming president and chief executive officer of Walmart’s U.S. business, Greg Foran has made 116 unannounced visits to Walmart stores for a firsthand look at the retailer’s "core operations."

"I see lots of opportunities to get the basics better," Foran said on Wednesday. Walmart can do better at keeping merchandise in stock, he said, as well as guaranteeing that produce is fresh, helping customers navigate store aisles and training employees.

 

RETAIL NEWS BREAKS

Dollar General launches digital coupons

Dollar General this week introduced a digital coupon program offering customers weekly specials and dozens of discounts on Easter merchandise, as well as buy-one-get-one deals on apparel and accessories.

Fred's hires retail veteran Pugh

Former Walgreen Co. executive Bryan Pugh has been named chief merchandising and marketing officer at Fred's Inc.

Q4 profit rises 21% at Dollarama

Dollarama Inc., Canada’s largest operator of dollar stores, said on Wednesday that profits rose 21% to $100 million in the fourth quarter as same-store sales jumped 8.5%, up from the 1.1% increase a year earlier.

Heinz and Kraft announce merger

H.J. Heinz Co. and Kraft Foods Group Inc. said on Wednesday that they are merging to create the world's fifth-largest food and beverage supplier, with annual revenue of $28 billion.

Walmart launches “Women Owned” logo

Walmart on Wednesday began featuring products from women-owned businesses with a logo on in-store packaging and on the company’s website.

CVS Health promotes five executives

CVS Health has made a series of promotions, led by the appointment of Josh Flum as executive vice president of pharmacy services.

Rite Aid opens first newly built store in five years

Rite Aid Corp., in another sign of its financial turnaround, has opened its first newly built store since 2010.

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SUPPLIER NEWS BREAKS

Emerson Group makes leadership changes

The Emerson Group has announced a series of executive appointments, including the hiring of a chief operating officer and an expanded role for president Rick Wellinger.

American Greetings encourages gratitude

American Greetings Corp. has introduced ThankList, a campaign to get people to express gratitude to the people who have made a difference in their lives — and in the process become more civil and "help make the world a more thoughtful and caring place."

E.&J. Gallo acquires J Vineyards & Winery

E.&J. Gallo Winery, the nation’s largest wine producer, says it has purchased J Vineyards & Winery, a supplier of premium sparkling wines headquartered in Healdsburg, in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley.

Mederma ads focus on user experiences

Mederma has launched a new advertising campaign that focuses on the experiences of real users of the scar care brand’s products.

Sunstar adds new childrfen's toothbrushes

Sunstar Americas Inc. has added three new lines of children’s toothbrushes featuring characters from Saban’s Power Rangers, Lalaloopsy and DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon 2.

Zarbee's introduces supplements for babies

Zarbee’s Naturals has introduced a range of baby vitamins and supplements for infants and toddlers.

NO-AD brand moves into skin care category

Sun & Skin Care Research LLC (SSCR), maker of the NO-AD Sun Care line, is expanding into the skin care category with a collection of antiaging body moisturizing lotions.

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