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Hy-Vee acquires Shopko script files

Hy-Vee acquires Shopko script files

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa  — Hy-Vee Inc. has acquired the prescription files of 22 Shopko pharmacies in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Shopko patient files will merge into existing Hy-Vee Pharmacy locations in the 17 cities where the acquisitions have taken place.

Fred’s reports third quarter results

Fred’s reports third quarter results

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred’s, Inc. on Thursday reported financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended November 3. The retailer also announced it will complete the transfer of prescription files from 179 of its pharmacies to Walgreens Boots Alliance early next year. Joe Anto, Fred’s

Congress passes U.S. Farm Bill

Congress passes U.S. Farm Bill

WASHINGTON — The House on Wednesday passed a $867 billion U.S. Farm Bill that allocates billions of dollars in subsidies to American farmers, legalizes hemp, and rejects stricter limits on food stamps that had been pushed by House Republicans. The bill, which passed the Senate

Kroger and GoodRx launch Rx Savings Club

Kroger and GoodRx launch Rx Savings Club

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. announced today the launch of its Rx Savings Club, a new program designed to significantly reduce the cost of prescription drugs for customers across the country, adding to the retailer’s Wellness Your Way platform. The program was developed in partnership with GoodRx.

Walmart, Express Scripts to extend Rx network

Walmart, Express Scripts to extend Rx network

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Today, Walmart and Express Scripts announced an extension to the companies’ existing network agreement to provide access to Walmart’s prescription services for Express Scripts clients’ covered members.  The companies also made a commitment to deliver additional affordable prescription solutions to millions of underinsured and

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RETAIL NEWS

Kroger’s third quarter profits decline

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. on Thursday reported a third quarter profit of $317 million, or 39 cents per diluted share, compared with $397 million, or 44 cents a share, a year ago. Overall sales declined slightly to $27.7 billion in the 13 weeks to November

Walgreens, FedEx roll out Rx delivery service

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens and FedEx Corp. on Thursday announced a nationwide rollout of next-day prescription delivery service, bringing together Walgreens extensive network of neighborhood pharmacy locations with the FedEx air-and-ground delivery network to enhance convenience for patients to fill prescriptions. Walgreens is now the

CVS Health offers new approach to pricing PBM services

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health is introducing a new approach to pricing pharmacy benefit management services. The new Guaranteed Net Cost pricing model simplifies the financial arrangements underlying PBM contracts and focuses on helping plan sponsors deliver savings through PBM cost management strategies such as

Giant Food announces $175 million spending plan

LANDOVER, Md. — Ahold Delhaize’s Giant Food division here said Tuesday that it plans to spend $175 million over the next two years to open a new store and remodel 24 others in the greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area. The capital spending plan is in

Kroger, Walgreens expand pilot program

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Kroger Co. and Walgreens on Tuesday announced two major initiatives, building on the exploratory pilot the companies announced in October, combining America’s food and grocery authority with Walgreens global expertise in pharmacy, health and beauty. “We are redefining the customer experience in

SUPPLIER NEWS

Coty launches Clairol Color Expert for the Google Assistant

NEW YORK — Coty has launched the first at-home hair color Action for the Google Assistant on Google Home smart speakers and smartphones. The ‘Clairol Color Expert’ provides consumers a hands-free voice activated guide to the entire at-home hair color process – from finding the

Kellogg’s will launch new snacks from popular brands

BATTLE CREEK, Mich.— Kellogg Co. is launching new offerings from some of its popular brands including Cheez-It Snap’d, Pringles Wavy and Rice Krispies Treats Snap Crackle Poppers. The new offerings will be available nationwide in January 2019. They are: Cheez-It Snap’d – thin, crispy snacks made

Small businesses accelerate growth with RangeMe Services

SAN FRANCISCO — RangeMe has launched an opportunity for consumer packaged goods suppliers to get their products ready for retail faster and more efficiently. RangeMe Services says it will help suppliers ensure their products are shelf ready and optimized for buyer discovery. “On the RangeMe

Kellogg’s Rice Krispies debuts new flavor

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Kellogg Co.’s Kellogg’s Rice Krispies brand is rolling out in January its first new flavor in more than 10 years — Kellogg’s Strawberry Krispies. “Our fans are explorers who constantly seek new varieties, flavors and possibilities,” said Chris Stolsky, associate director of marketing for

Energizer battery receives Guinness World Records title

ST. LOUIS — Energizer Holdings Inc. said its Energizer AA Ultimate Lithium battery has received a Guinness World Records title for longest-lasting AA battery. “I am honored to announce that the Energizer Ultimate Lithium has set the Guinness World Records title for the longest-lasting AA battery