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NRF: Late Easter should bring record spending

NRF: Late Easter should bring record spending

WASHINGTON – Easter will come nearly three weeks later this year than in 2016, and the National Retail Federation forecasts that the extra time will translate into higher sales for American retailers. According to NRF’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, spending for Easter is expected to reach $18.4 billion this year, up

Walmart claims biggest share in personal care market

Walmart claims biggest share in personal care market

SHELTON, Conn. — Walmart holds the largest share of the personal care market among all retailers, according to TABS Analytics. Meanwhile, CVS Pharmacy and Walgreens have helped make rewards programs consumers’ preferred vehicle for getting deals on personal care items, the 2017 TABS Personal Care Study found. In the $40 billion personal care market, Walmart has

Joe Grieshaber to lead Fred Meyer

Joe Grieshaber to lead Fred Meyer

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. has named Joe Grieshaber president of Fred Meyer Stores. He replaces Jeff Burt, who resigned on Monday to head Target Corp.’s grocery business. Grieshaber has been serving as president of Kroger’s Columbus division. Succeeding him in that role will be Dan De La Rosa, who currently serves as vice president of merchandising

Target taps Jeff Burt as grocery head

Target taps Jeff Burt as grocery head

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. on Monday announced the appointment of Jeff Burt as senior vice president, grocery, fresh food and beverage. Burt joins Target from Kroger Co., where he most recently served as president of the Fred Meyer division. He will assume his new post effective April 10. In this role, Burt will be charged

Nature Made launches four new products

Nature Made launches four new products

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — Nature Made has rolled out four new products: an omega-3 with added absorption, a daily immune care supplement, a probiotic with vitamin B12 gummy and a multivitamin with omega-3 for men. The Pharmavite LLC vitamin and supplement brand said the new items support various wellness needs in the heart health, immune system

Publix expanding health care offerings

Publix expanding health care offerings

LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix Pharmacy is working with BayCare Health System to provide a range of pharmacy and health care destinations in the Tampa Bay and central Florida region. Publix Super Markets Inc. said Friday that the partnership will initially include BayCare-bannered telehealth centers in various Publix stores, BayCare screening kiosks in all Publix locations

Dollar General sales rise 13.7% in Q4

Dollar General sales rise 13.7% in Q4

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General Corp. reported fiscal fourth quarter earnings of $414.2 million, or $1.49 per share. Revenue rose 13.7% to $6.01 billion. For the fiscal year, the discounter posted a profit of $1.25 billion, or $4.43 per share, the company announced on Thursday. Dollar General expects 2017 full-year diluted earnings to be $4.25

Southeastern Grocers joins Plenti rewards

Southeastern Grocers joins Plenti rewards

NEW YORK — Southeastern Grocers LLC has become the first supermarket operator to join the Plenti loyalty program operated by American Express. The program, which allows members to earn and use rewards at a number of businesses, including Exxon and Mobil gas stations and Rite Aid and Macy’s stores, will roll out to the retailer’s

RILA and Accenture launch Tech Innovation Center

RILA and Accenture launch Tech Innovation Center

ARLINGTON, Va — The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) has teamed with Accenture to launch a new innovation center aimed at helping retailers explore such new technologies as artificial intelligence and virtual reality and apply them to their businesses. With the new (R)Tech Center for Innovation, Accenture will work with RILA to conduct joint research and bring together

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