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Wakefern marks 75th anniversary at annual meeting

Wakefern marks 75th anniversary at annual meeting

KEASBEY, N.J. – Wakefern Food Corp. marked its 75th anniversary during its Annual Meeting on Thursday, October 21, when executives paid tribute to the family-owned businesses that comprise the cooperative and drive its success.   Chairman and CEO Joseph Colalillo, President and COO Joe Sheridan,

Kroger’s Home Chef hits $1 billion in annual sales

Kroger’s Home Chef hits $1 billion in annual sales

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co.’s Home Chef meal solutions brand has topped $1 billion in annual sales, the retailer said Monday. Chicago-based Home Chef was founded in 2013. Kroger acquired the meal kit company in 2018, and since then has expanded the availability and variety of

BJ’s names Rachael Vegas EVP and CMO

BJ’s names Rachael Vegas EVP and CMO

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — BJ’s Wholesale Club Holdings Inc. has hired Rachael Vegas as executive vice president and chief merchandising officer, the company said on Monday. The move was one of three executive appointments at the warehouse club operator. Vegas will be responsible for the strategic

Chains now offering Moderna and J&J boosters

Chains now offering Moderna and J&J boosters

NEW YORK — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention formally recommended booster shots for many recipients of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson’s vaccines. As a result, up to 99 million Americans are now eligible for additional doses bolstering protection against COVID-19 beginning Friday. This

GMDC | Retail Tomorrow to dissolve at year’s end

GMDC | Retail Tomorrow to dissolve at year’s end

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — GMDC|Retail Tomorrow plans to dissolve as a member-owned nonprofit at the end of the year. The decision, made by the trade group’s board, must still be approved by its members. “This news is disappointing to many, but we recognize our industry

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RETAIL NEWS

Amber Specialty Pharmacy promotes three

OMAHA, Neb. — Hy-Vee’s Amber Specialty Pharmacy subsidiary has promoted three executives to new posts that focus on continued growth and innovation for the company, which was named 2020 Specialty Pharmacy of the Year by the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy. In the promotions announced

WBA expands mental health training program

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA)  is expanding Mental Health First Aid training for more than 27,000 Walgreens pharmacists, while Boots is introducing new services aimed at helping to meet the growing need in communities across Europe and the U.K., the company said Thursday.

Walgreens to test drone delivery in Texas

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens will launch drone delivery to two cities outside of Dallas  in a joint venture with Google’s drone-manufacturing affiliate, Wing. The companies will start testing the service next week  in Frisco and neighboring Little Elm north of Dallas.  It will be Wing’s

InComm Payments says holiday shopping to start early

ATLANTA — InComm Payments released the results of its 2021 Holiday Report on Wednesday, which found that consumers are already preparing for the holiday season and plan to get a head start on shopping – beginning as early as right now. The study drew responses from 2,552

Deloitte: Holiday season to offer challenges

NEW YORK — As COVID-19 is set to impact yet another holiday season, a return to some pre-pandemic spending levels is expected to bring holiday cheer. For 36 years, Deloitte has been examining consumer behavior and sentiment ahead of retail’s crucial holiday shopping season. To gain additional

SUPPLIER NEWS

Nature’s Truth introduces two Ashwagandha products

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. – Nature’s Truth has introduced two Ashwagandha supplements for adults – a naturally fruit flavored gummy and an extra-strength capsule – to fulfill escalating demand for products containing the popular ingredient. With sales growing twice as fast as the stress category itself, Ashwagandha

RangeMe supports Qurate Retail Group’s program

SAN FRANCISCO — RangeMevis working with Qurate Retail Group to expand its Small Business Spotlight program. “As we enter our third year of the Small Business Spotlight program, we are pleased to be working with the RangeMe team to reach a new group of diverse

Checkable Wellness launches multivitamin line

FARGO, N.D. — Checkable Wellness is launching its initial supplement collection, which it describes as empowering women to take charge of their health. This product line supports digestive health, urinary tract balance, hair and skin nourishment, memory improvement and sleep enhancement. The Checkable Wellness collection

Emerson Industry Day unites retailers, suppliers

PHILADELPHIA — While the COVID-19 pandemic is by no means a thing of the past, its profound impact over the last 18 months on so many different aspects of life has naturally raised the question of what lies ahead, what is next — for individuals,

RangeMe launches across Benelux region

SAN FRANCISCO — RangeMe is continuing its global expansion with the launch across the Benelux region as it branches into continental Europe, the company said Wednesday. This expansion follows recent RangeMe launches in the U.K. and APAC earlier this year. Buyers at retailers across Europe can