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Issue 01-09-2017

Walgreens honored for Innovation in Beauty Care

Walgreens honored for Innovation in Beauty Care

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens is redefining the beauty shopping experience at many of its stores. As of the end of 2016, about 1,800 locations had been converted to the drug chain’s “Beauty Differentiation” concept. The strategy centers on three elements: enticing products, an engaging retail presentation and a level of service not typically seen in

Gatta is top front-end merchant

Gatta is top front-end merchant

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Meetings with vendors are a big part of Larry Gatta’s job. As Dollar General Corp.’s senior vice president and general merchandising manager for consumables, Gatta attends more than 75 joint business plan sessions a year. In these meetings, the retailer and its suppliers develop the strategies to drive productive sales and review

Panzer excels in health, wellness

Panzer excels in health, wellness

PHOENIX — Mark Panzer, senior vice president of pharmacy, health and wellness at Albertsons Cos., is leading his team and the industry in creating a singular destination for customers to take care of their health and wellness needs through their grocery and pharmacy stores. The goal is to raise the profile of the company’s health

MMR names Retailers of the Year

MMR names Retailers of the Year

ZAANDAM, Netherlands — The merger of Royal Ahold and the Delhaize Group always had a compelling logic behind it. The companies, with roots in the neighboring countries of Holland and Belgium, possessed complementary capabilities and geographic footprints, in both the European and American retail markets, as well as similar histories. Over the years, a variety

Transformation of Fred’s accelerates with acquisition

MEMPHIS — Fred’s Inc. has taken a huge step forward on its path toward becoming a major drug store chain by agreeing to buy 865 Rite Aid locations from Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) and Rite Aid Corp. for $950 million in cash. The transaction, which also includes certain assets related to store operations, is

CVS aims to be ‘partner of choice’ in health care

NEW YORK — CVS Health’s delivery of value to health care stakeholders makes it a “partner of choice,” president and chief executive officer Larry Merlo said at the company’s Analyst Day. Notwithstanding all the changes occurring in health care, success will be determined by the ability to make care more affordable, accessible and effective, he

Amazon uses drone to make delivery

SEATTLE — Just 13 minutes after placing an order on Amazon.com, a customer in Cambridge, England, received the order — an Amazon Fire TV streaming device and a bag of popcorn — dropped at the customer’s doorstep by an autonomous drone, the first such delivery for the company. Amazon’s chief executive officer, Jeff Bezos, confirmed