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Walmart’s John Furner talks about retail’s future

Walmart’s John Furner talks about retail’s future

NEW YORK — When he was asked almost a year ago what pandemic-related changes in consumer behavior would likely stick around once things returned to normal, Walmart U.S. president and CEO John Furner said it was too soon to tell. So when National Retail Federation

Sales of O-T-C cough cold remedies climb

Sales of O-T-C cough cold remedies climb

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on May 13 that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to wear face masks in most indoor settings, there has been a strong, subsequent sales uptick for

Peggy Davies named PLMA president

Peggy Davies named PLMA president

NEW YORK  — The Private Label Manufacturers Association said Monday that its Board of Directors has confirmed the appointment of Peggy Davies as PLMA President. Davis, who has been leading the organization as acting president since June 2020. Davis’ confirmation was effective on June 11,

Albertsons Cos. teams with DoorDash for delivery

Albertsons Cos. teams with DoorDash for delivery

SAN FRANCISCO — DoorDash and Albertsons Cos. are joining forces to offer on-demand grocery delivery from nearly 2,000 stores across the country, including those operating under the Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco and other banners. “We are committed to expanding our delivery experience in order to meet

The Wellness Experience by Kroger and Jewel returns

The Wellness Experience by Kroger and Jewel returns

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. has announced plans to host The Wellness Experience by Kroger and co-founder and Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Jewel. The third annual wellness festival will take place August 20-21, 2021 at The Banks in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. The Wellness Experience by Kroger is one of the largest wellness and entertainment

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RETAIL NEWS

Food Lion Feedy’s Awards honor hunger fighters

SALISBURY, N.C. —  A select group of local food banks, community leaders and Food Lion associates were honored at the 2021 Food Lion Feeds’ Feedy’s Awards this week, the company said Friday. The awards recognized individuals and organizations across several categories for their exceptional work

Albertsons meets sustainable sushi goal

BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons Cos. has reached the goal of having 100% of its stores’ prepared sushi aligned with the company’s Responsible Seafood Policy, the company said Friday, noting that it reached the goal a year early. Originally adopted in 2018, the “Top 5 by

George Coleman to leave CVS Health

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health senior vice president of merchandising George Coleman is leaving the company early next month to be with his wife in Italy.   “It’s not an easy decision, but it’s a decision driven by my heart,” Coleman wrote in a letter

Hy-Vee launches Hy-Vee Financial Services

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Hy-Vee Inc. is launching a suite of financial services, ranging from checking accounts to home mortgages, across its eight-state operating region, the company said Thursday. Hy-Vee Financial Services are being enabled by Midwest Heritage, the retailer’s regional bank subsidiary. “Customers

Walmart invests in drone services company

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart has invested in an on-demand drone services provider called DroneUp. “In our ongoing effort to get customers the items they want, and fast, we know it will take a well-coordinated network of delivery solutions that span the streets, sidewalks and skies,”

SUPPLIER NEWS

Scott Emerson receives CHPA award

NEW HOPE, Pa. – The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) has awarded its Ivan D. Combe Lifetime achievement award to longtime industry leader Scott Emerson. This annual award – the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. consumer healthcare industry – recognizes the outstanding work and

CHPA elects J & J’s Goodridge as board chair

NEW HOPE – The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) today announced the election of Michelle Wang Goodridge as the new Chair of the CHPA board of directors. Goodridge was elected on June 16th, along with six new board members, at CHPA’s annual membership meeting held

CVS updates ExtraCare Rewards program

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Pharmacy said Tuesday its long-standing, popular and free ExtraCare Rewards loyalty program is paying 2% back in ExtraBucks rewards moments after nearly every transaction, rather than being paid out on a quarterly basis. Beginning in July, the 2% back in ExtraBucks

RangeMe global expansion begins with U.K.

LONDON — RangeMe said Wednesday that it has launched in the U.K. Buyers at British retailers will now be able to source over 700,000 products and connect with more than 200,000 suppliers to fill their shopping aisles and online stores with curated products meeting consumer

Walgreens offering test options for travelers

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens announced on Thursday the availability of the Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test administered by eMed, a digital point-of-care company, in select locations in New York City and New Jersey to meet international travel requirements for travelers returning to the