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New store formats put to test by Meijer

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer Inc. has introduced two store concepts that the retailer is testing as it seeks new ways to reach shoppers. The smaller-format outlets are part of an expansion drive that also produced two traditional supercenters that opened in its home state earlier this summer. Company officials said results of the experiment

Food Lion enhances store base

SALISBURY, N.C. — Food Lion last month unveiled remodeled stores in the Norfolk, Va., the latest of the chain’s markets to get store upgrades as part of an initiative called “Easy, Fresh and Affordable … You Can Count on Food Lion Every Day!” The strategy involves improvements throughout the stores, from the expansion of product

Retail remains a job creator

WASHINGTON — Retail industry employment last month increased by 89,100, unadjusted for seasonal fluctuations, compared to the same month in 2017, the National Retail Federation (NRF) ­reported. The August retail employment figure represents a seasonally adjusted decline of 9,700 jobs from the previous month, NRF said. Seasonal distortions are common in August. NRF’s jobs figures

Study eyes customer satisfaction in Rx

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Customer satisfaction with pharmacies continues to score high in the 10th annual U.S. Pharmacy Study from J.D. Power and Associates. Key factors include the availability of health and wellness services in brick-and-mortar pharmacies and the timeliness of delivery for mail order pharmacies, the firm announced last month. On the brick-and-mortar side,

H-E-B taps exec for tech push

SAN ANTONIO — H-E-B has hired technology executive Mike Georgoff to lead the regional grocer’s digital-product strategy and help drive its omnichannel ­development. Georgoff over the past decade has worked with a trio of consumer-technology startups that ultimately went public and grew into billion-dollar-plus companies, H-E-B said in a statement announcing Georgoff’s appointment as chief

Richardson receives GMDC lifetime achievement award

Richardson receives GMDC lifetime achievement award

ORLANDO, Fla. — Bob Richardson of Clorox Co. accepted a lifetime achievement award from Global Market Development Center (GMDC) during the center’s annual Health Beauty Wellness Conference here. Richardson is director of sales and customer and industry development at Clorox, maker of household cleaning products (Pine-Sol, Green Works), plastic wrap and containers (Glad), charcoal briquettes

Emerson Group opens new Indiana warehouse

Emerson Group opens new Indiana warehouse

CLAYTON, Ind. — The Emerson Group held a ribbon-cutting ceremony this week to celebrate the opening of a new warehouse facility here. The new warehouse is allowing Emerson Logistics to consolidate its operations in the Indianapolis area into one building, boosting efficiency while also dramatically expanding its capacity to handle recent growth in its business,

Jocko Willink to keynote at upcoming ECRM event

Jocko Willink to keynote at upcoming ECRM event

PHOENIX — Jocko Willink, a retired U.S. Navy SEAL officer and the co-founder and CEO of the leadership consultancy firm Echelon Front, will be a keynote speaker at ECRM’s upcoming Vitamin, Weight Management & Sports Nutrition session. Willink is co-author of the New York Times bestseller, Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win, and

Walgreens mobilizes in advance of Hurricane Florence

Walgreens mobilizes in advance of Hurricane Florence

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens is taking proactive measures to assist customers, team members and communities in the projected path of Hurricane Florence, and is preparing to fully support impacted regions in the storm’s aftermath.  The company is taking the following steps: Prescription Drug Preparedness: In advance of the hurricane, Walgreens is underscoring the importance of prescription