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VA, Walgreens team to improve care coordination

VA, Walgreens team to improve care coordination

WASHINGTON — As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) efforts to improve care coordination for Veterans, the department is working with pharmacy services provider Walgreens to coordinate patient and pharmaceutical care for VA-enrolled patients. With the click of a button, VA providers will

Hy-Vee stocked with vaccine for the 2018-2019 flu season

Hy-Vee stocked with vaccine for the 2018-2019 flu season

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Hy-Vee, Inc. announced that the flu vaccine is available at its more than 250 Hy-Vee Pharmacy locations throughout its eight-state region without an appointment or prescription. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends people 6 months and older

Raley’s rolls out new pharmacy mobile app

Raley’s rolls out new pharmacy mobile app

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Raley’s announces a partnership with mscripts to integrate their mobile pharmacy solutions with a new Raley’s Pharmacy app, Rx Refill On-The-Go.  In an ongoing effort to make the shopping experience more convenient, Raley’s is offering a new tool that will support text notifications

Hy-Vee ranks high in seafood sustainability

Hy-Vee ranks high in seafood sustainability

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Hy-Vee Inc. ranked No. 2 out of the 22 largest supermarket chains in the U.S. for its sustainability efforts, according to the recently released Greenpeace’s 2018 Carting Away the Oceans (CATO) report. Since 2008, Greenpeace has evaluated and ranked supermarkets

Kroger picks test market for driverless delivery

Kroger picks test market for driverless delivery

CINCINNATI — The Kroger Co. said it has picked Scottsdale, Ariz., as the test market for a grocery delivery service using self driving vehicles. Kroger had previously announced a partnership and Nuro to begin testing grocery delivery using Nuro’s technology. The company announced Thursday that

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RETAIL NEWS

ShopRite opens new Long Island store

LAKE RONKONKOMA, N.Y. — ShopRite recently a new supermarket in this Long Island community. The 45,000-square-foot store is in a building that formerly housed a Waldbaum’s supermarket, but that has been completely renovated to reflect ShopRite’s take on a convenient grocery format with a focus

NRF reports July retail sales increased 4.9%

WASHINGTON – July retail sales were up 0.4% seasonally adjusted from June and increased 4.9% unadjusted year-over-year, giving the industry a solid kickoff for the third quarter as consumers continued to spend despite concerns about the growing trade war, the National Retail Federation reported today.

Walmart teams with Ellen DeGeneres on apparel

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart is launching a new fashion line with talk show host and actress Ellen DeGeneres. The denim-based collection, EV1, will be available beginning September 10 on Walmart.com and in about 2,300 Walmart stores, according to the retailer, which said the line includes

Elena Kraus named to Retail Litigation Center board

ARLINGTON, Va. — Elena Kraus, senior vice president and general counsel of Walgreens, has been named to the Retail Litigation Center’s board of directors. “We are very pleased to welcome Elena to the RLC board,” said Deborah White, president of the RLC and general counsel

NRF ups 2018 sales growth forecast

WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation has revised its retail sales forecast for 2018, saying it now expects sales to increase 4.5% or more, up from its earlier projection of a year-on-year gain in the range of 3.8% to 4.4%. “Higher wages, gains in disposable

SUPPLIER NEWS

Perrier brings bold and tasty refreshment to Los Angeles

STAMFORD, Conn. — Perrier Carbonated Mineral Water introduces Perrier & Juice drink, a bold refreshment available for the first time in the U.S., and brought exclusively to the Los Angeles area. The new product line features the iconic Perrier mineral water, mixed with real fruit juices and

Coke and BodyArmor announce new strategic relationship

ATLANTA — Coca-Cola Co. will acquire a minority ownership stake in the sports drink maker BodyArmor. As part of the deal, BodyArmor will gain access to Coca-Cola’s extensive bottling facilities, which should allow the brand to accelerate its growth. Financial terms of the agreement were

WooBamboo offers a natural alternative in oral care

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Ranked by SPINS as the United States’ No. 1 fastest growing natural toothbrush brand (now in over 15,000 stores worldwide), WooBamboo’s “eco-awesome” oral care products were designed to inspire the world and empower eco-minded consumers. With a full line of bamboo

PepsiCo’s Indra Nooyi to step aside, Laguarta named new CEO

NEW YORK — PepsiCo announced today that Indra Nooyi will step down as its longtime chief executive officer.  Company  veteran Ramon Laguarta will be named the new CEO, the move comes at a time when the beverage maker is navigating a challenging global soda market.

Nestlé opens new U.S. headquarters in Virginia

ARLINGTON, Va. — Nestlé celebrated the opening of its new U.S. headquarters here on Tuesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and culinary festival called the Nestlé Good Life Fest. The celebration brought together Nestlé leadership and employees, elected officials and community members. The new location in