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Walmart+ gains momentum

Launched a year ago, the program is drawing subscribers at a faster-than-expected pace, according to a Wall Street analysis


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LEADING HEADLINES

Meijer extends campaign that fosters inclusivity

Meijer extends campaign that fosters inclusivity

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer announced an extension of its Confidence Beyond Measure marketing campaign to include its men’s and kid’s apparel with diverse models. The expansion strengthens the retailer’s commitment to inclusivity for all. “At Meijer, we know that real style, goes beyond labels, trends and

Retail sales rise in August

Retail sales rise in August

WASHINGTON – U.S. retail sales increased a modest 0.7% in August, as consumers spent more on apparel, electronics and home goods, the Commerce Department reported today. The larger-than-expected increase followed a 1.8% decline in July and gains earlier this summer. The recovery’s uneven pace is

Giant Eagle works with RangeMe to boost online offerings

Giant Eagle works with RangeMe to boost online offerings

SAN FRANCISCO — Giant Eagle announced the launch of a new initiative to grow its Giant Eagle Marketplace eCommerce channel with a greater assortment of new and emerging products. As one of the nation’s largest retailers, Giant Eagle will look to accelerate and scale product

CVS Caremark unveils new efforts to tackle health disparities

CVS Caremark unveils new efforts to tackle health disparities

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark is expanding its efforts to decrease health disparities among patients with certain conditions including sickle cell, HIV and cardiovascular disease by collaborating with local partners and utilizing its unique enterprise assets, the company said Wednesday. It is increasing its investments

Cardenas Markets marks Hispanic Heritage Month

Cardenas Markets marks Hispanic Heritage Month

ONTARIO, Calif. – Cardenas Markets on Wednesday kicked off its Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, which will run through October 15. “As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, we celebrate the Hispanic culture, its traditions and our valued customers,” said Adam Salgado, Chief Marketing Officer for Cardenas

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RETAIL NEWS

Rite Aid teams with CLEAR to offer digital vaccine card

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid is partnering with CLEAR, the secure identity company, to offer customers the ability to access and share their proof of COVID-19 vaccination with CLEAR’s digital vaccine card and Health Pass. Customers vaccinated at any Rite Aid location can supplement their

PLMA: Functional ingredients provide competitive advantage

NEW YORK  – It’s what’s inside that counts. That’s an increasingly popular consumer mantra when it comes to choosing groceries. Peggy Davies From probiotics and Omega-3 fatty acids to hemp and blueberries, ingredients that offer added benefits to support immunity, gut and brain health, energy

NRF to honor Target’s Cornell with Visionary award

WASHINGTON – The National Retail Federation said Tuesday that Target chairman and CEO Brian Cornell will receive its “The Visionary” award. The award will be presented during the seventh annual NRF Foundation Honors on January 16 in New York City. “Brian Cornell’s purpose-driven leadership and

Rite Aid announces new corporate workplace

PHILADELPHIA — Rite Aid has announced its corporate workplace of the future – a remote-first work approach for corporate associates, supported by a network of collaboration centers throughout the company’s geographic footprint. The reimagined workplace model focuses on flexibility for associates, while also creating an official

Deloitte: Holiday retail sales expected to increase 7-9%

NEW YORK — Holiday retail sales are likely to increase between 7% and 9% in 2021, according to Deloitte’s annual holiday retail forecast. Overall, Deloitte’s retail and distribution practice projects that holiday sales will total $1.28 to $1.3 trillion during the November to January timeframe. Deloitte also forecasts

SUPPLIER NEWS

P&G kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month

CINCINNATI —  In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Procter & Gamble is proud to introduce a comprehensive initiative to accelerate progress of Hispanic communities across the U.S. To launch the initiative, P&G produced a powerful film called “Powering Progress” to showcase that Hispanic progress is a

Glenn Figenholtz joins The Swanson Group

BUFFALO GROVE, Ill. — Former Walgreens executive Glenn Figenholtz has joined The Swanson Group as executive vice president and chief customer officer. “Glenn will be focused on working with our clients to develop best in class go-to-market strategies tailored to meet our customer’s needs, according

ECRM Toy & Learning Buyers Choice Awards

Faber-Castell won the MMR Buyers Choice Award for its Creativity for Kids Grow N’ Glow terrarium during ECRM’s recent Toy & Learning Program. 3 Bros and a Card Store was a finalist for its MLB Baseball Wax Pack. The products were selected from dozens of

Representative Kinzinger visits Garcoa Laboratories

OTTAWA, Ill. — U.S. Congressman Adam Kinzinger recently visited a Garcoa Laboratories/Sigan America facility here as part of an effort to support a healthy “Made in America” supply chain. Greg and Richie Rubin of Garcoa Laboratories hosted Representative Kinzinger, sharing information and ideas about the

Biden vaccine mandate raises questions

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Biden administration’s announcement of vaccine mandates for businesses raises serious questions for retailers and supplier companies, two trade associations said on Friday. “The announcement yesterday by President Biden of an employer mandate on vaccinations and testing for employees, including fines and