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Walgreens earns top score on 2019 DEI

Walgreens earns top score on 2019 DEI

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens for the third consecutive year has been recognized with the top-score of 100% on the 2019 Disability Equality Index (DEI), a national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices related to disability inclusion and workplace equality. The DEI is a joint

GIANT Food adding second Heirloom Market

GIANT Food adding second Heirloom Market

CARLISLE, Pa. — GIANT Food Stores is opening its second of four GIANT Heirloom Market stores on August 2 in Philadelphia, in the city’s University City neighborhood. Ahold Delhaize’s GIANT Food Stores unit has developed the small-format concept to bolster its presence in urban neighborhoods.

Raley’s expands shelf-tagging sysytem

Raley’s expands shelf-tagging sysytem

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Raley’s has expanded its innovative shelf-tagging system, adding categories and icons to help shoppers make better decisions about a wider range of products they are buying. With the upgrade, Raley’s Shelf Guide now includes products shelved in non-food aisles at the

NRF: June retail sales gains ‘impressive’

NRF: June retail sales gains ‘impressive’

WASHINGTON — Retail sales in June were up 0.6% seasonally adjusted from May and up 2.3% unadjusted year-over-year, the National Retail Federation said on Tuesday. “These are impressive results showing that the consumer remains engaged and that consumer spending gave a boost to the economy

Target adds Govind to technology team as SVP

Target adds Govind to technology team as SVP

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. has named Hari Govind senior vice president of infrastructure and operations for the company’s technology team. Govind’s responsibilities will include overseeing cloud-and-compute capabilities, network connectivity and operations for the technology that powers Target’s stores, digital channels, distribution centers and office locations.

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RETAIL NEWS

GIANT DIRECT service reaches milestone

CARLISLE, Pa. — Nicholas Bertram, president of GIANT Food Stores, joined store manager Tim Dinsmore and other dignitaries for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday to commemorate a milestone for the company’s digital grocery service. With the ceremony at a GIANT store here, the GIANT DIRECT,

New GreenWise Market format coming to Tampa

LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix Super Market is bringing its new-concept GreenWise Market to Tampa. The retailer also plans to remodel an older version of the format in the city, converting it into a traditional Publix store during a planned remodel scheduled to begin next month.

Food Lion revamps stores in the Carolinas

SALISBURY, N.C. — Food Lion on Wednesday will officially unveil 92 remodeled stores in five communities in South Carolina and one in North Carolina. The company said it made a $158 million capital investment in the stores earlier this year, which included remodeling the stores

Fred’s to close an additional 129 stores

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred’s Inc. said Friday that it will close another 129 retail stores, leaving it with only about 80. The move is the latest in a series of store closings (including announcements in April and May)  from the retailer, which had 568 stores

Kroger to add fulfillment center in Georgia

ATLANTA — Kroger Co. and the online grocery retailer and logistics specialist Ocado  said on Thursday that they would build a new high-tech customer fulfillment center in Forest Park, Ga. The new CFC represents a $55 million investment that will create more than 400 new

SUPPLIER NEWS

Hallmark launches four multicultural lines

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hallmark Cards Inc. has launched four new collections celebrating Chinese, Indian, African-American and Latino cultures — Eight Bamboo, Golden Thread, Uplifted and Love Ya Mucho. “Hallmark has always been about helping people share what’s in their hearts with those they love,

AXE and Marvel partner to create The Fresh-Men

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — Unilever North America’s AXE brand and Marvel Entertainment LLC have joined forces to create a new set of super heroes, The Fresh-Men — a collective of high school students with super abilities meant to inspire teens everywhere. The first chapter in

McKesson recognizes Piping Rock

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. — Piping Rock Health Products was awarded CPG Supplier of the Year by McKesson Corp. in honor of their leadership in the consumer products industry at the McKesson Pharmaceutical National Sales Conference. McKesson recognized Piping Rock at an annual event in honor of

ECRM taps Eric Savitch as new senior VP

SOLON, Ohio — Efficient Collaborative Retail Marketing (ECRM) has named industry veteran Eric Savitch as senior vice president of international business development to lead efforts in growing its Trade Promotion Organization (TPO) segment. Savitch will be responsible for expanding ECRM’s existing TPO relationships and engaging

Bausch + Lomb launches Ocuvite Eye Performance vitamins

BRIDGEWATER, N.J.— Bausch + Lomb is launching Ocuvite Eye Performance, an eye vitamin supplement, in the U.S. Formulated with seven nutrients to help strengthen the macula, the new offering was created to meet the changing needs of consumers, the company said. “From increased UV exposure