CETAPHIL_1170x120

Walmart’s open call to suppliers

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Hundreds of suppliers gathered at Walmart’s headquarters this month to pitch American-made products during the retailer’s fifth annual Open Call. The company invited more than 450 businesses to meet one on one with buyers for a chance to get their products on store shelves. Steve Bratspies, chief merchandising officer for Walmart U.S.,

Personalization drives revenue

NEW YORK — Retailers seeking to add revenue should look to enhancing “individualized” experiences for their customers, as the two are directly linked, according to a new report from audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG. The report found that companies providing the best personal individualized experiences to customers see higher revenue growth and improved brand

Supervalu sets stage for realignment

MINNEAPOLIS — Supervalu Inc. said it is proposing a plan to transform itself into a holding company. According to a preliminary proxy statement/prospectus filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the change in corporate structure would further separate Supervalu’s wholesale and retail operations “in an operationally efficient and strategic manner.” It would also facilitate the

Why brands matter

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — As the brick-and-mortar grocery industry faces increasing competition from all angles, an effective brand strategy can be the key to sustained success for retailers, according to a recently released report from sales and marketing firm Acosta Inc. Shoppers turn to different brands for different needs and seek a balance when it comes

Bausch + Lomb Introduces Ocuvite Blue Light eye vitamins

Bausch + Lomb Introduces Ocuvite Blue Light eye vitamins

LAVAL, Quebec — Bausch + Lomb, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, is introducing Ocuvite Blue Light eye vitamins, a nutritional supplement formulated with lutein and zeaxanthin, the two carotenoid pigments naturally found in the eye. The company said this formulation of eye nutrients includes high levels of lutein and helps protect eyes from the blue

Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS to offer free HIV testing

Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS to offer free HIV testing

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS, a leading national public information response to the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic, are working with 220 health departments, AIDS service organizations, and other community organizations to help provide free HIV testing and information at participating Walgreens stores in more than 180 cities on National HIV Testing Day on

Supervalu seeks to become a holding company

Supervalu seeks to become a holding company

MINNEAPOLIS — Supervalu Inc. on Tuesday said it was proposing a plan to tranform itself into a holding company. The change in corporate structure would help enable the company’s strategic transformation, according to Supervalu proposal, which was outlined in a preliminary proxy statement/prospectus filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. According to the proposal,

Mars Wrigley Confectionery appoints new global president

Mars Wrigley Confectionery appoints new global president

MCLEAN, Va. — Mars Inc. has named Andrew Clarke, currently chief marketing and customer officer, to the role of global president of Mars Wrigley Confectionery. Clarke will assume his new role in September. He will be based at Mars Wrigley Confectionery’s global headquarters in Chicago. Since 2015 Clarke has been chief marketing and customer officer. In

Kellogg makes leadership changes

Kellogg makes leadership changes

BATTLE CREEK, Mich.— Kellogg Co. made two leadership changes to help drive the company’s growth strategy in the North American and European regions. Chris Hood, currently president of Kellogg Europe, has been named president of Kellogg North America, reporting to chairman and chief executive officer Steve Cahillane. The company also appointed Dave Lawlor, currently serving as vice president