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Meijer expands third supplier diversity event

Meijer expands third supplier diversity event

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer is expanding its third Supplier Diversity event to include diverse-owned service providers, as well as retail-ready products for its shelves. The March 29-31 event will give diverse-owned businesses nationwide the opportunity to showcase their offerings for interested Meijer buyers and

NACDS to hold 2022 Regional Chain Conference

NACDS to hold 2022 Regional Chain Conference

PALM BEACH, Fla. – On January 23-25, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores will welcome NACDS regional chain and associate members to Palm Beach, Fla., for the 2022 NACDS Regional Chain Conference. “NACDS is thrilled to welcome back NACDS chain and associate members to in-person

FMI Midwinter Executive Conference rescheduled

FMI Midwinter Executive Conference rescheduled

ARLINGTON – FMI, The Food Industry Association, has rescheduled its signature Midwinter Executive Conference, after pausing to consider the heightened challenges associated with the Omicron variant. FMI Midwinter is now set to take place in-person from March 28 to March 31 at the Hyatt Regency

Walgreens and VillageMD to expand across Arizona

Walgreens and VillageMD to expand across Arizona

DEERFIELD, Ill. – Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) and VillageMD are planning to open eight new Village Medical at Walgreens coordinated primary care and pharmacy practices in the Tucson area in 2022, the companies said Thursday. The first location will open February 8. These openings represent

Whiteside is customer officer of the year

Whiteside is customer officer of the year

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Wal­mart recruited Janey Whiteside three and a half years ago to fill the newly created position of chief customer officer, a title that came with a mandate to build innovative services and solutions that help customers live better. For Whiteside and her

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RETAIL NEWS

Walgreens launches COVID-19 Index

DEERFIELD, Ill. – Walgreens has introduced the Walgreens COVID-19 Index, a new interactive tracking tool. Powered by testing data from Aegis Sciences Corp., it is among the first to uniquely identify the spread of current and emerging variants in near real-time. New data from the Walgreens

Target’s Sando lauded as Top Merchant

MINNEAPOLIS — Target’s stunning financial success in recent years is the fruit of several inspired strategic decisions, including executing a thoughtfully curated merchandising assortment that spans categories and has been paramount to the evolving consumer needs over the past year. Jill Sando, a 24-year company

Jen Warner named president of Raley’s Division

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Raley’s Cos. has promoted Jen Warner to president of the Raley’s operating division. For the past two years, Jen has served as the Chief Administrative Officer for the portfolio of operating companies that comprise The Raley’s Companies.  In her new

Meijer commits to 50% carbon emissions cut by 2025

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Midwestern retailer Meijer announced Tuesday an ambitious goal to reduce absolute carbon emissions by 50% by 2025. Rooted in the company’s mission to be a good neighbor, Meijer integrates environmental sustainability into daily operations and is committed to continual improvement through

Meijer is recognized as peerless regional chain

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer Inc.’s guiding philosophy is the “virtuous cycle,” meaning it turns growth and profitability into community investments. Its communities in turn thrive and boost business at Meijer, perpetuating the cycle. “When we invest in our communities and customers and give them

SUPPLIER NEWS

Betr Remedies launches in 2,000 Walmart stores

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Betr Remedies’ full line of O-T-C products are now available in 2,000 Walmart stores across the United States, marking the first-time the items are available on store shelves. The over-the-counter medicine brand co-founded by Ellen Pompeo includes a buy-one, give-one program,

Market Performance Group acquires Luminations

PRINCETON – Market Performance Group LLC (MPG) has acquired The Luminations Group (Luminations). The acquisition of Luminations adds strengths in innovation, marketing strategy, and interim marketing solutions, the company said on Monday. Luminations is a privately held leader in marketing innovation and strategy serving clients

PLMA to hold PLMA Global online show in March

NEW YORK — The Private Label Manufacturers Association has announced plans for a newly imagined, online private label trade show called PLMA Global. The event, which will provide a virtual venue for the exhibitors and buyers from the organization’s in-person Chicago and Amsterdam events, will

ECRM’s Global Market Spring Buying Days returning

CLEVELAND – ECRM announced on Tuesday that its 2022 Global Market: Spring Buying Days will take place March 28 to April 1. The product sourcing experience will once again bring together buyers and product suppliers from around the world across all major food and consumer packaged

L’Oréal debuts Coloright and Colorsonic

LAS VEGAS — The L’Oréal Group has introduced Colorsonic and Coloright, its latest beauty tech innovations that it described as reinventing the hair color category. Colorsonic is a lightweight, handheld device that uses a process to mix hair color and apply it evenly, delivering consistent