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NACDS names new officers, board members

NACDS names new officers, board members

PALM BEACH, Fla. –  The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has elected new officers, and executive committee and board  members for the coming year. The appointments were announced at the NACDS Annual Meeting. Mark Panzer, senior vice president of pharmacy, health and wellness at Albertsons Cos.,

NACDS Annual Meeting takes on more proactive approach

NACDS Annual Meeting takes on more proactive approach

PALM BEACH, Fla. – Change – confronting it and creating it – has emerged as a powerful theme of the 2018 National Association of Chain Drug Stores Annual Meeting. That fact was on display throughout Business Program remarks yesterday by NACDS chairman of the board

Walgreens pilot brings together new approaches

Walgreens pilot brings together new approaches

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Walgreens is launching a pilot program here that incorporates new approaches to pricing, promotions, product assortment and service offerings to create a new customer experience. The program, which has been implemented in 17 stores in the Gainesville area, will be monitored over

Amazon partners with Best Buy

Amazon partners with Best Buy

SEATTLE  —Amazon.com Inc. is teaming up with its sometimes rival Best Buy to sell Amazon’s latest smart TVs. Best Buy is becoming the exclusive retail partner to sell Fire TV Edition televisions made by Toshiba and Insignia (Best Buy’s house brand). Beginning this summer, Best

Wegmans and higi launch data-driven integration

Wegmans and higi launch data-driven integration

CHICAGO – Health screening kiosk supplier higi announced on Wednesday an initiative with Wegmans Food Markets Inc. to allow the grocer’s customers and employees to link their health data directly to the chain’s pharmacy management system. The service, which uses McKesson’s EnterpriseRx, will enable Wegmans pharmacists to better help consumers

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RETAIL NEWS

GMDC names Tom Duffy VP of member development

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Industry veteran Tom Duffy has been named vice president of member development at the Global Market Development Center (GMDC).  He will focus primarily on expanding the association’s reach within the retail and consumer product industry in order to create the best global

Fred’s looks to sell specialty pharmacy business

MEMPHIS — Fred’s Inc. has announced plans to sell its specialty pharmacy business. The disclosure led the company to delay publication of its fourth quarter and 2017 full-year results. An earnings call that was slated for today is now expected to be held May 4.

Walmart revamping its e-commerce website

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart plans to roll out a redesigned website that makes it easier for shoppers to reorder items, monitor the status of current orders, discover products that are trending locally and learn about services available at nearby stores. The upgraded website is personalized

Target adding eight new beauty brands

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. is expanding its beauty offering by introducing eight cosmetics brands, which collectively offer more than 150 products designed for consumers with medium to dark skin tones. “We know our guests have a wide range of beauty needs and preferences, and we

IRI Growth Summit looks to future of CPG

LAS VEGAS —IRI’s 2018 Growth Summit kicked off yesterday at the Wynn Las Vegas with a record-breaking attendance of approximately 1,500 participants. The Chicago-based market research firm’s 15th annual IRI Growth Summit, running from April 16-18 features visionaries and leaders from the world’s top consumer

SUPPLIER NEWS

Coty unveils makeup try-on experience with AR

PARIS — Coty has unveiled a a first-of-a-kind augmented reality (AR) makeup try-on experience. The company debuted the blended reality Magic Mirror — which  integrates physical products with digital content — at its newly relaunched Bourjois boutique in Paris. With the Magic Mirror, when a

The Emerson Group announces Canadian expansion

WAYNE, Pa. – The Emerson Group has executed an agreement to merge the operations of McCaughey Consumer Products (MCP) allowing the combined operations to offer a North American Retail Solution to manufactures in the Health & Wellness space. Emerson Canada will provide manufacturers with a

MPG adds Bill Bergin, Todd Matherly to team

PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J. — Market Performance Group LLC (MPG) has hired retail industry veterans Bill Bergin and Todd Matherly to serve as executive vice presidents of the consulting and sales management services company. Bergin, who recently served as  joins MPG from his position as group

Garnier, Biofreeze top IRI 2017 H&BA Pacesetters

CHICAGO —Garnier Whole Blends, Biofreeze, and Herbal Essences Bio:Renew led last year’s most succesful nonfoods launches, IRI reported today. The three H&BA brands had first-year sales of $122 million, $78 million and $75 million, respectively. IRI’s 2017 New Product Pacesetters report also listed the top-selling foods and beverages, and convenience store products.

Emergen-C rolling out Probiotics+ supplement

NEW YORK — Emergen-C is adding to its product lineup this week with the introduction of Probiotics+, a new powdered drink supplement that naturally supports daily immune health and aids in digestion. “We know that a healthy gut plays a large role in our immune