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BJ’s expands BOPUS options to include fresh, frozen

BJ’s expands BOPUS options to include fresh, frozen

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — BJ’s Wholesale Club is expanding its buy online, pick up in-club service to include fresh and frozen grocery items, the company said Thursday. BJ’s members can now order their weekly groceries on BJs.com or with the BJ’s app for curbside pickup or

Giant Food taps Badibanga as SVP, operations

Giant Food taps Badibanga as SVP, operations

LANDOVER, Md. — Ahold Delhaize’s Giant Food has named Irfan Badibanga senior vice president of operations, effective November 1. Badibanga will be responsible for leading all operational aspects of Giant Food including regional operations, store support, strategic store planning and execution and asset protection, as

Target rolls out “Black Friday Now” deals

Target rolls out “Black Friday Now” deals

MINNEAPOLIS — Target has announced its “Black Friday Now” deals, a series of week-long sales that run throughout November. The retailer is also updating and expanding its Price Match Guarantee. “We’re taking a completely new approach to Black Friday, giving guests more flexibility and ensuring

CVS Health expands COVID-19 testing services

CVS Health expands COVID-19 testing services

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health has announced plans to expand COVID-19 testing services currently offered at select CVS Pharmacy locations to include rapid-result testing at nearly 1,000 sites by the end of the year. Rapid-result COVID-19 diagnostic tests are available at no cost to patients who

Kroger Health offering COVID-19 rapid antibody tests

Kroger Health offering COVID-19 rapid antibody tests

CINCINNATI — Kroger Health has launched rapid antibody testing across its family of pharmacies. This move expands the company’s existing portfolio of in-clinic and at-home COVID-19 diagnostic tests, to help inform patients if they have previously been infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

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RETAIL NEWS

Study: Consumers still worried about COVID-19

WASHINGTON — U.S. grocery shoppers remain concerned about COVID-19 seven months into the pandemic, according to a new study by Hartman Group and FMI — The Food Industry Association. But despite their worries, many say they are eating better and see their primary food stories

Hy-Vee automates cleaning of shopping carts

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa  — Hy-Vee Inc. is introducing an automated system that fully cleans and sanitizes shopping carts after each use. More than 200 Hy-Vee stores across the retailer’s eight-state region will have a Sterile Cart system in operation by mid-November, the retailer said,

CVS Pharmacy launches QuickRenew

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Pharmacy has introduced QuickRenew, an online contact lens prescription renewal tool powered by technology from Premium Vision. QuickRenew is currently available on the CVS Optical website. Customers can use the easy and convenient tool to renew their prescription in minutes with

Kroger says strategy delivering for shareholders

CINCINNATI — Restock Kroger is delivering cost savings, improved shareholder returns, and a stronger competitive position, the retailer said Tuesday. “Through the Restock Kroger framework and intensity around operational excellence, we are achieving cost savings of over $1 billion each year and are investing savings

Dollar General to hold pre-holiday sales event

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General Corp. will hold a pre-holiday sales event on Friday, November 13, the company said on Tuesday. “With the holidays quickly approaching, we are thrilled to provide customers with a special, one-day savings event in stores and online to provide customers

SUPPLIER NEWS

Cantu teams up with ’25 Black Women In Beauty’

STAMFORD, Conn. —  Cantu Beauty, an award-winning multicultural hair care brand, has teamed up with ‘25 Black Women In Beauty‘ (25BWB), to launch a new mentorship program titled “CantuElevate,” developed to create roadmaps for success and growth of Black-owned businesses. The hair care brand is collaborating

Sera Labs introduces Nutri-Strips Brand

LOS ANGELES — CURE Pharmaceutical Holding wholly owned subsidiary Sera Labs is challenging the status quo of the health and wellness sector by bringing innovative products to market using groundbreaking technology and superior ingredients. As a trusted industry leader that continues to offer consumer solutions,

Snickers wins nationwide vote in Halloween candy showdown

NEW YORK —  Mars Wrigley’s Snickers Brand was once again crowned the king of Halloween candy, having bested 15 other candy brands in a network morning show’s annual candy showdown. More than 20,000 people voted in the final face-off with one last competitor, where Snickers received 52

Pampers Pure features plant-based liner enriched with shea butter

CINCINNATI — Pampers takes pride in listening to parents to understand their passions and needs in caring for their babies. A recent Pampers survey found that, not surprisingly, 9 out of ten parents are passionate about providing their little ones with the best; furthermore, 80%

Schlotman elected to Kellogg board

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Kellogg Co. recently announced the election of Michael Schlotman, former executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) at The Kroger Company, to its board of directors, effective immediately. “We are very pleased to welcome Mike to our Board of Directors,” said Steve Cahillane,