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NRF: Estimated March imports hit five-year low

NRF: Estimated March imports hit five-year low

WASHINGTON – Estimates show that imports at major U.S. retail container ports dropped to their lowest level in five years in March, according to the Global Port Tracker report released Tuesday by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. And imports are projected to remain

Rite Aid to hire 5,000 as part of COVID-19 response

Rite Aid to hire 5,000 as part of COVID-19 response

CAMP HILL, Pa. — As part of an expanded response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rite Aid said Monday that it will hire 5,000 associates for full and part-time roles across the country to support store and distribution center teams. Positions will include cashiers, pharmacy technicians

CVS opens rapid COVID-19 testing sites

CVS opens rapid COVID-19 testing sites

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health is partnering with government officials to announce the opening of rapid COVID-19 drive-through testing sites in Georgia and Rhode Island. The test sites will bolster state efforts to manage the spread of the virus and provide on-the-spot test results. CVS

Meijer announces new efforts to fight COVID-19 spread

Meijer announces new efforts to fight COVID-19 spread

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer is taking additional steps to keep shoppers and employees safe during the COVID-19 outbreak, the company said. In addition to amplifying its communication to customers about social distancing practices, Meijer is now asking its customers to limit the number of

Save A Lot gets $350 million in new capital

Save A Lot gets $350 million in new capital

ST. LOUIS — Discount grocer Save A Lot has completed debt-for-equity and debt-for-debt exchanges that eliminated $500 million in debt and provided an infusion of $350 million in new capital, the company said on Friday. The retailer said the new capital, from a combination of

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RETAIL NEWS

Beauty, personal care sales face challenges

PARSIPPANY, NJ. — The U.S. cosmetics and toiletries market is on track to experience the sharpest decline ever recorded in over 60 years that Kline has been tracking the market due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So far, the 0.8% drop in 2009 during the last recession is the

Catalina maps COVID-19 purchasing decisions

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – To demonstrate the profound impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on shopping decisions and buyer behavior across the U.S., Catalina Marketing has launched an interactive map on its website. The map reports sales data across 78 major grocery and drug categories

Target rolls out new safety measures

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. is implementing new safety measures designed to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus, the company said. Starting on Saturday, the retailer will actively monitor and, when needed, meter guest traffic in its nearly 1,900 stores nationwide to promote social distancing.

IRI and BCG update study on COVID-19 impact

CHICAGO — IRI is continuing to collaborate with their partners at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) to analyze the latest consumer purchases in Italy, France, Germany, New Zealand, the U.K and the U.S. The company just updated the report “COVID-19 Impact: Consumer Spending Tracker” to capture

WBA’s Q2 sales and earnings top projections

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) posted better than expected second quarter sales and earnings Thursday. The company’s adjusted earnings per share of $1.52 topped Wall Street’s forecast of  $1.46. Sales of $35.82 billion beat the projection of $35.27 billion. The quarter ended February

SUPPLIER NEWS

Fashion advocate launches the Mask Project

NEW YORK — Sustainable fashion advocate Shannon Lohr has launched the Mask Project, an effort to mobilize companies, including apparel and textile manufacturers, to help mitigate the shortage of medical masks for health care workers. The Mask Project connects manufacturers to hospitals in need. The

Eagle Lab to make hand sanitizer

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Eagle Lab Inc. said it has transformed part of its manufacturing footprint in the last month to allow for the production of Bactekill, an O-T-C quality hand sanitizer. Bactekill (www.bactekill.com) is described by the company as a new brand formulated by

Sales of pet products hurt by COVID-19 pandemic

ROCKVILLE, Md. — Despite strong sales in the pet industry during past major crises, the coronavirus pandemic has led to a projected 17% drop in sales for 2020, according to the latest report from Packaged Facts. In its just-published U.S. Pet Market Outlook 2020-2021, market research firm

HRG celebrates 40th anniversary

WAUKESHA, Wis. – Hamacher Resource Group, Inc. (HRG) is celebrating its fortieth anniversary this year. Led by president and majority owner Dawn Vogelsang since 2001, the company of more than 50 associates prides itself on being a trusted resource partner to a variety of stakeholders

Wahl helps with tips as home haircuts rise

STERLING, Ill. — Americans are picking up hair clippers, many for the first time, as they respond to the shuttering of barber shops and beauty salons because of the COVID-19 crisis. And for those wanting a little more guidance, Wahl USA’s team of experts are