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Ahold Delhaize USA to create digital, e-commerce unit

Ahold Delhaize USA to create digital, e-commerce unit

QUINCY, Mass. — Ahold Delhaize USA is creating a new division for its digital and e-commerce efforts. Peapod Digital Labs, which is expected to be fully operational by year end, will oversee the company’s Peapod online grocery retail operation, while serving as an innovation lab

Revlon taps Debra Perelman as president, CEO

Revlon taps Debra Perelman as president, CEO

NEW YORK — Revlon Inc.’s board has named chief operating officer and board member Debra Perelman as president and chief executive officer, effective immediately. She becomes the company’s first female CEO. Over her career working with Revlon, the company said Perelman has served in operational

Target sees traffic, digital sales gains in Q1

Target sees traffic, digital sales gains in Q1

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. on Wednesday reported that its first quarter store traffic increased 3.7% and its digital sales increased 28% over the comparable prior year figures. Target said the store traffic increase was its strongest performance in 10 years, and noted that its 28%

Mars Wrigley to debut sweets, snacks at NCA expo

Mars Wrigley to debut sweets, snacks at NCA expo

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — Mars Wrigley Confectionery is debuting dozens of new product and packaging launches across its most popular brands at the National Confectioners Association (NCA) Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago this week. In addition, Mars Wrigley Confectionery said it would share industry-leading insights in category management research

Walgreens survey raises childhood poverty awareness

Walgreens survey raises childhood poverty awareness

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Almost half of Americans (49% of those surveyed) are unaware of the prevalence of childhood poverty in the U.S., according to a new national survey from Walgreens. “This new survey shows that many people don’t realize how big of a problem childhood

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RETAIL NEWS

Walgreens makes additional investments in Puerto Rico

DEERFIELD, Ill. — With its drug store recovery efforts complete across its 108 drug stores in Puerto Rico, Walgreens is launching an additional investment campaign on the island to expand its offerings in all of its Puerto Rico locations to include, among other features, new

Online grocery sales boost Walmart’s Q1 growth

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart on Friday reported fiscal first quarter income of $2.1 billion on a 4.4% increase in revenue, to $122.7 billion, thanks largely to a jump in online grocery sales. Walmart’s digital sales increased 33% in the quarter ended April 27. The company

Kroger partners with Ocado in e-commerce deal

CINCINNATI — Answering Amazon.com’s encroachment on the retail food business, Kroger Co.  has inked a deal with online British supermarket Ocado to accelerate the American grocer’s e-commerce offering. The alliance will mark the U.S. debut of the technology underpinnings of the Ocado Smart Platform, which

Albertsons, Rite Aid unveil merger’s strategies

BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons Cos. and Rite Aid Corp. on Tuesday hosted a joint analyst event to discuss the strategic and financial benefits of the proposed merger transaction between the two companies, which will be called Albertsons Inc. once the deal is finalized following a

Target ups its game in men’s grooming

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. is giving its men’s grooming department a makeover, updating as many as 80 stores this year as the retailer broadens its product assortment and seeks to elevate the in-store experience. “Guys are more style savvy and selective than ever, and they

SUPPLIER NEWS

Blue Guard Eye Health supplement available at Target

PLEASANT PRAIRIE, Wis. — The Blue Guard Eye Health supplement from Quest Products is now available at Target.com and in the eye care section at all Target stores nationwide. “With people spending more and more of their time looking at glowing screens on digital devices,

Living Essentials launches TEA shots

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich.— Living Essentials has launched 5-hour TEA shots available in peach tea flavor. “5-hour TEA shots contain ingredients derived from green tea leaves and have zero sugar, four calories and a blend of vitamins and nutrients,” said Melissa Skabich, Living Essentials’ communications director. 

Kimberly-Clark appoints Buonfantino as CMO

DALLAS — Kimberly-Clark Corp. has named Giuseppina “Giusy” Buonfantino as chief marketing officer, reporting to Tony Palmer, president of global brands and innovation. Most recently, Buonfantino served as president of Kimberly-Clark’s baby and child care business in North America, where she led the innovation, manufacturing and marketing of

Sundial names Kimberly Paige to new operations post

AMITYVILLE, N.Y. — Sundial Brands has named Kimberly Evans Paige to the newly-created position of chief operating and brand-building officer. She will report to founder, chief executive officer and executive chairman Richelieu Dennis. She will work with Dennis and the executive team on the company’s strategic

M&M’S to debut White Chocolate Peanut variety

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — Mars Inc.’s M&M’S brand is expanding its candy lineup this fall with the launch of M&M’S White Chocolate Peanut. “We’ve witnessed the demand for white chocolate growing at a rate more than three times that of other chocolate flavors. In response, we introduced