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Walmart establishes strategic partnership with Microsoft

Walmart establishes strategic partnership with Microsoft

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart is establishing a strategic partnership with Microsoft to accelerate its digital transformation in retail, empower associates, and make shopping faster and easier for customers around the world. “Walmart’s commitment to technology is centered around creating incredibly convenient ways for customers to

Albertsons Cos.’s sales edge up in first quarter

Albertsons Cos.’s sales edge up in first quarter

BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons Cos. posted a sales increase of 1%, to $18.7 billion, during the 16-week fiscal first quarter ended June 16. The company attributed the $193.4 million increase in sales mainly to higher fuel sales (up $154.1 million). Same store sales for the

Kroger launches OptUP app

Kroger launches OptUP app

CINCINNATI — Kroger on Monday introduced OptUp, an app designed to help customers make more-informed decisions and buy healthier food. With the app, nutritional information is at the shopper’s fingertips, said Colleen Lindholz, Kroger’s president of pharmacy and The Little Clinic. “Kroger’s new OptUP app is transformational for

Kerrigan named president, North America at Nature’s Bounty

Kerrigan named president, North America at Nature’s Bounty

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. – Nature’s Bounty Co. announced that Don Kerrigan has joined the company as president, North America. In this role, he will lead the company’s marketing, sales, and e-commerce strategies across key markets and channels, generating transformational brand growth across the North American business.

Walmart names new SVP of health and wellness

Walmart names new SVP of health and wellness

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart has hired healthcare industry veteran Sean Slovenski to serve as senior vice president of health and wellness at Walmart U.S., effective August 1. He will report directly to Walmart U.S. president and CEO Greg Foran. “Sean is a proven leader and

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RETAIL NEWS

Target offers its own alternative to Prime Day

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. said it will host a one-day sale of its own on July 17, with dozens of deals on its Target.com web site. Billed as a “sale for everybody — no membership required,” the event will feature deals on a wide range of

Dollar Tree celebrates opening of 15,000th store

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Dollar Tree this weekend is celebrating the milestone of its 15,000th store opening, with discounts and promotions at its outlets across the United States and in five Canadian provinces. In addition, selected new Dollar Tree and Family Dollar stores have scheduled grand openings

Industry mourns loss of Wakefern icon James Sumas

KEASBEY, N.J. — Wakefern Food Corp. and ShopRite are mourning the loss of James Nicholas Sumas, the longtime patriarch of Village Super Market Inc., which owns and operates 30 ShopRite supermarkets in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Maryland. Sumas died Saturday in his hometown

Wakefern names Erik Keptner SVP of marketing

KEASBEY, N.J. — Wakefern Food Corp. has tapped supermarket industry veteran Erik Keptner to serve as senior vice president of marketing. Keptner brings nearly 20 years of experience to his new role at Wakefern, the nation’s largest retailer-owned cooperative. He will be responsible for developing marketing

Hy-Vee partners with grocery delivery services

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Hy-Vee Inc. on Tuesday announced partnerships with grocery delivery services Instacart and Shipt that will allow the retailer to expand its Aisles Online program to include same-day delivery in more than two dozen markets. “With 245 stores across an eight-state

SUPPLIER NEWS

Schmidt’s Naturals launches Body Wash

PORTLAND, Ore. — Schmidt’s Naturals is expanding its personal care collection to include a body wash product. Available in two scents, Jasmine Tea and Cedarwood + Juniper, Schmidt’s Body Wash is launching at Target Corp. Schmidt’s collection of body wash is plant based and cruelty

Yoplait USA introduces Oui Petites in glass pots

MINNEAPOLIS — Yoplait USA Inc., a division of General Mills, is launching Yoplait Petites to be sold in pairs of small 3.5-ounce glass pots in four flavors: Sea Salt Caramel, Chocolate with Shavings, Dark Chocolate Raspberry and Caramelized Apple. Crafted using the same technique as

Pfizer to reorganize, creating three business units

NEW YORK — Pfizer Inc. announced it will organize the company into three businesses: a science-based Innovative Medicines business which will now include biosimilars and a new hospital business unit for anti-infectives and sterile injectables; an off-patent branded and generic Established Medicines business operating with

Combe launches ‘BoGoGo’ campaign for Preventeza

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Combe Inc. has launched a product promotion and a social media campaign to support its new Preventeza by Vagisil emergency ­contraceptive. The #WeAre1in2 campaign is meant to showcase solidarity around women’s reproductive rights, according to the company, which also aims to

Gallo launches new consumer trends study

MODESTO, Calif. — E. & J. Gallo Winery (Gallo) is leading the charge with their latest consumer and shopper understanding project, Knowledge Unearthed for Business Expansion (KUBE). While Gallo periodically releases survey findings, this is the largest study of its kind and different from previous