COVID surge to reshape shopping plans

COVID surge to reshape shopping plans

NEW YORK — The COVID-19 surge has convinced many consumers to shop from home on Black Friday, according to the Deloitte  2020 Pre-Thanksgiving Pulse Survey released today. For the first time since the survey’s inception, more consumers plan to shop online (61%) than in-store (54%) on Black Friday. “As COVID-19 brings added health and financial concerns, both consumers and retailers are

Dollar Tree rolling out multi-price concept

Dollar Tree rolling out multi-price concept

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Dollar Tree Inc. plans to expand its multi-price Dollar Tree Plus! initiative into about 500 stores beginning in the spring of 2021, the company said Tuesday. The announcement came as the retailer reported increased sales and profits for its fiscal third quarter ended October 31. Consolidated net sales increased 7.5% to $6.18

Amazon working with government to fight counterfeits

Amazon working with government to fight counterfeits

WASHINGTON — Amazon will work with the U.S. government’s National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) on an effort to prevent counterfeit goods from entering the U.S. and help protect American consumers, the company said on Tuesday. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and DHL are also supporting the operation. “The IPR Center plays

Loblaw rolls out digital health app

Loblaw rolls out digital health app

BRAMPTON, Ontario – Loblaw Cos. is bringing its health and wellness app, which debuted in Atlantic Canada last month, to the provinces of Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta. Loblaw said Monday that it plans to roll out the app nationally in the coming months while adding new features and functionality, including such services as virtual

CHPA welcomes new board members

CHPA welcomes new board members

WASHINGTON – The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA)  announced the election of two new members to the CHPA Board of Directors during the association’s virtual November meeting. The newly elected CHPA board members are: Tim Grannan, president, Blistex Inc. Don Kerrigan, president, North America, The Nature’s Bounty Co. Kerrigan was also elected to serve on

GIANT adds ‘Cyber Days’ sales event

GIANT adds ‘Cyber Days’ sales event

CARLISLE, Pa. – GIANT Co. is offering special deals for GIANT Direct and MARTIN’S Direct online grocery customers from November 30 through December 3, the company said Monday. GIANT Direct Cyber Days will feature online savings on more than 115 items from national brand manufacturers, including holiday favorites, pantry essentials, and indulgent specialty items. First-time

NRF: holiday sales to grow 3.6% to 5.2%

NRF: holiday sales to grow 3.6% to 5.2%

WASHINGTON – The National Retail Federation forecast Monday that holiday sales during November and December will increase between 3.6% and 5.2% compared to 2019, totaling between $755.3 billion and $766.7 billion. The numbers, which exclude automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants, compare with a 4%t increase to $729.1 billion last year and an average holiday

Hy-Vee reinstates reserved hour for at-risk shoppers

Hy-Vee reinstates reserved hour for at-risk shoppers

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Hy-Vee is reinstating its reserved shopping hour for customers considered “high risk” for COVID-19, the company said Monday. The move is in response to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases throughout the retailer’s eight-state operating region. The reserved hour will be offered at all Hy-Vee locations from 7 a.m. to

Neela Montgomery tapped to head CVS Pharmacy

Neela Montgomery tapped to head CVS Pharmacy

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Neela Montgomery has been named executive vice president of CVS Health and president of the company’s CVS Pharmacy retail unit, with responsibility for overseeing the company’s 10,000 U.S. pharmacies, the company said Monday. Her appointment is effective November 30. “Neela is a seasoned retail industry leader with extensive digital and e-commerce experience,”

Walmart Health concept makes Chicago debut

Walmart Health concept makes Chicago debut

CHICAGO — Two Walmart Supercenters here that were damaged during civil unrest in May have reopened with new health centers attached. “These last few months have been especially difficult for this great city, and it has done a remarkable job facing its challenges head on,” said Keith Wyche, Walmart vice president for community engagement and

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