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Walmart’s John Furner talks about retail’s future

Walmart’s John Furner talks about retail’s future

NEW YORK — When he was asked almost a year ago what pandemic-related changes in consumer behavior would likely stick around once things returned to normal, Walmart U.S. president and CEO John Furner said it was too soon to tell. So when National Retail Federation president and CEO Matthew Shay interviewed Furner on Monday, during

Peggy Davies named PLMA president

Peggy Davies named PLMA president

NEW YORK  — The Private Label Manufacturers Association said Monday that its Board of Directors has confirmed the appointment of Peggy Davies as PLMA President. Davis, who has been leading the organization as acting president since June 2020. Davis’ confirmation was effective on June 11, and she will serve a three-year term, according to PLMA.

Albertsons Cos. teams with DoorDash for delivery

Albertsons Cos. teams with DoorDash for delivery

SAN FRANCISCO — DoorDash and Albertsons Cos. are joining forces to offer on-demand grocery delivery from nearly 2,000 stores across the country, including those operating under the Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco and other banners. “We are committed to expanding our delivery experience in order to meet our customers’ needs whenever, wherever and however they want,” said

The Wellness Experience by Kroger and Jewel returns

The Wellness Experience by Kroger and Jewel returns

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. has announced plans to host The Wellness Experience by Kroger and co-founder and Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Jewel. The third annual wellness festival will take place August 20-21, 2021 at The Banks in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. The Wellness Experience by Kroger is one of the largest wellness and entertainment events in the Midwest region. The two-day festival, presented by Molson

NRF raises retail sales outlook

WASHINGTON — Citing an accelerating economic recovery, the National Retail Federation (NRF) has raised its retail sales forecast for 2021. The nation’s largest retail trade organization now projects that retail sales will grow between 10.5% and 13.5%, up from its February forecast of 6.5% to 8% growth. “The economy and consumer spending have proven to

Retailers encourage vaccinations with prizes

NEW YORK — The rate of vaccination against COVID-19 has been declining in the United States since early this spring, even as new, potentially deadlier variant strains of the disease emerge. In response, several major retail pharmacy operators are offering incentives to encourage people to take advantage of the availability of free vaccination. The decrease

Retailers are fighting joblessness

NEW YORK — After the economic dislocation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, job growth and unemployment rates are key indicators of the nation’s progress toward recovery, and the mass market retail industry is doing its part to help the rebound. When 20 million jobs evaporated last spring as the economy shut down in response to

WBA closes Alliance Healthcare sale

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Earlier this month Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) announced that it has finalized the sale of its Alliance Healthcare businesses to AmerisourceBergen. The $6.5 billion deal included $6.275 billion in cash (subject to a customary net cash and working capital adjustment) and 2 million shares of AmerisourceBergen common stock. WBA said it will

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