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Retail veteran Kathi Lentzsch to head Bartells

Retail veteran Kathi Lentzsch to head Bartells

SEATTLE — Retail veteran Kathi Lentzsch has been named chief executive officer of Bartell Drugs. She succeeds Brian Unmacht, who resigned last spring. Unmacht was the first person outside of the Bartell family to head the company. Lentzsch has more than three decades of retail experience with

Walmart rolls out free DisposeRx packets

Walmart rolls out free DisposeRx packets

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart has begun offering pharmacy patients filling opioid prescriptions a free drug disposal packet containing a biodegradable powder that enables them to safely discard unwanted, unused or expired medication. Walmart said Wednesday that the packet, from DisposeRx Inc., will now be given to

Publix Pharmacy program offers generics for $7.50

Publix Pharmacy program offers generics for $7.50

LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix Super Markets Inc. has begun providing up to a 90-day supply of commonly prescribed generic drugs for $7.50. The food and drug retailer said Tuesday that the new Publix Pharmacy program includes 29 generic medications in 85 dosage options. The drugs include

Nestlé to sell U.S. candy business to Ferrero for $2.8B

Nestlé to sell U.S. candy business to Ferrero for $2.8B

VEVEY, Switzerland — Food and beverage giant Nestlé is selling its U.S. confectionery business to Italy-based Ferrero Group for $2.8 billion (U.S.) in cash. With the acquisition the Nestlé U.S. candy business, announced Tuesday, Ferrero will become the third-largest confectionery company in the U.S. market.

Energizer to buy Spectrum Brands’ battery business for $2B

Energizer to buy Spectrum Brands’ battery business for $2B

ST. LOUIS — Energizer Holdings Inc. plans to acquire the global battery and portable lighting business of Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc. for $2 billion in cash. The deal, announced Tuesday, will add the Rayovac and Varta battery brands — whose products include alkaline, carbon zinc, hearing aid and nickel

RETAIL NEWS

Albertsons’ president, COO Denningham to retire

BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons Cos. announced on Tuesday that president and chief operating officer Wayne Denningham plans to retire near the end of the company’s fiscal year. Denningham garnered over 40 years with the company, having started working as a clerk as a teenager. The

Reports: Walmart set to cut about 1,000 HQ jobs

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart is reportedly set to cut 1,000 or more jobs, mainly at its headquarters, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal, which said the job cuts were expected to be enacted by the end of the current fiscal year on January

Walmart’s McMillon talks tech, people

NEW YORK — Despite the technology that is changing the way stores operate and consumers shop, retailing is still a people business, Walmart president and CEO Doug McMillon said on Sunday. “The way the customers feel when they leave the store, or your web site

NRF: Holiday retail sales increased 5.5% in 2017

WASHINGTON – Citing U.S. Census data, the National Retail Federation reported Friday that retail sales during November and December increased 5.5% compared to last year, to reach $691.9 billion. That number includes $138.4 billion in online and other non-store sales, which were up 11.5% over

Sam’s Club to close 63 outlets

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart’s Sam’s Club division said Thursday that it will close 63 of its U.S. outlets in the next few weeks, leaving it with 597 clubs. “Transforming our business means managing our real estate portfolio and Walmart needs a strong fleet of Sam’s

SUPPLIER NEWS

Nature’s Bounty names Goode chief customer officer

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. — The Nature’s Bounty Co. has named Bob Goode chief customer officer in the U.S. Goode has extensive experience across the spectrum of the company’s customer base, the company said, adding that over his 30-year career, Goode has become known for his merchandising

Edgewell unveils Schick Intuition f.a.b. two-way razor

ST. LOUIS — Edgewell Personal Care said it has achieved a first in women’s shaving with the launch of the Schick Intuition f.a.b. bidirectional razor. Announced Tuesday, the Schick Intuition f.a.b. sports cartridges with bidirectional blades, enabling women to shave forwards and backwards — hence the

KISS gets word out about lash innovations

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. — KISS Products Inc. has blended innovation and social media savvy to drive market share in the booming eyelash category. KISS said it has climbed to No. 1 in the U.S. false eyelash segment in terms of dollar and unit sales, based

Nature’s Bounty acquires The Best Bar Ever

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. — Nature’s Bounty Co. announced on Tuesday that it is diversifying its portfolio of sports and nutrition products with the acquisition of The Best Bar Ever. “Consumers are increasingly looking for convenient and great-tasting nutrition bars, and this brand was designed by its

Markwins names Stefano Curti president

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif — Markwins Beauty Brands has appointed Stefano Curti to the post of global president of Markwins Beauty Brands. The company said that Bill George, president and chief operating officer of Markwins North America, will shift from the day-to-day management of Markwins’