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2017

Holiday sales outlook

NEW YORK — With disposable personal income climbing and consumer confidence up across the U.S., some organizations are forecasting that the holiday shopping season could bring robust sales for retailers to cap off what was a very rough year. Deloitte LLP said it expects retailers to see holiday sales growth of as much as 4.5%.

Albertsons to acquire meal kit service

BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons Cos. is buying meal kit delivery company Plated, a vehicle for catering to consumers attracted to the convenience of having their meals delivered. “Today’s consumer is looking for a variety of personalized shopping alternatives, and this transaction is the latest example of Albertsons meeting our customers wherever and however they like

Kroger takes aim at hunger

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. has announced an effort to end hunger in the chain’s markets and eliminate waste across the company by 2025. Some 42 million Americans struggle with hunger. At the same time, an estimated 72 billion pounds of food ends up in a landfill every year. “More than 40% of the food produced

CVS takes new steps to fight opioid abuse

WOONSOCKET, R.I.— CVS Health has rolled out a sweeping plan that utilizes its integrated pharmacy assets to help battle drug misuse and abuse, namely opioid painkillers. The program would also boost funding for addiction programs, counseling and safe disposal of opioids. “As America’s front door to health care with a presence in nearly 10,000 communities

Family meals promoted by FMI

Family meals promoted by FMI

ARLINGTON, Va. — Americans yearn for more frequent family meals at home, and providing solutions that help them achieve this goal is a potential growth path for grocers, according to a new report from Food Marketing Institute and The Hartman Group Inc. Research from FMI and others suggests that household members’ conflicting schedules is the

Albertsons in sync with market shifts

Albertsons in sync with market shifts

Albertsons Cos.’ decision to acquire Plated, one of the leaders in the burgeoning meal kit service business, is further evidence of the ferment in the nation’s grocery sector and the company’s determination to capitalize on the changes under way that are transforming the industry. Established in 2012, Plated leverages technology and data to give consumers

Retailers offer help

NEW YORK — Hurricane Harvey brought record rainfall to Houston and flash floods across the Texas and Louisiana coastal region. The storm also elicited an outpouring of generosity from the retail ­community. Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer by sales, and the Walmart Foundation announced they had committed up to $20 million in support of relief

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