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Walmart’s chief merchant Bratspies is leaving

Walmart’s chief merchant Bratspies is leaving

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Wal­mart said on Friday that chief merchant Steve Bratspies is leaving the company. Bratspies has been the company’s chief merchandising officer for more than four years, a key role that oversees product selection and pricing in its U.S. stores, according to the company. He will be replaced by Scott McCall, another company

Walmart recognized for unrivaled omnichannel retailing

Walmart recognized for unrivaled omnichannel retailing

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Recognizing the dramatically changing mass retailing marketplace, the editors of Mass Market Retailers have selected Walmart as the initial recipient of the publication’s newly created award for the most outstanding U.S. omnichannel ­retailer. The designation of Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, for this recognition was not a difficult decision. In 2019, the

Wakefern wins accolade as Regional Grocer of the Year

Wakefern wins accolade as Regional Grocer of the Year

KEASBEY, N.J. — Wakefern Food Corp. had its start in 1946, during a challenging time for independent food retailers. The problem back then was that independent operators were seeing their loyal customers lured away by the big self-service supermarkets of the day, which could offer lower prices. To compete, eight grocers in the Newark, N.J.,

Target’s Gomez honored as top marketer by MMR

Target’s Gomez honored as top marketer by MMR

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. has long been known for its unmatched marketing prowess, displayed through campaigns that are perhaps the most creative, distinctive and effective in all of retail. That reputation was achieved and maintained by a succession of fabled marketing executives, beginning with John Pellegrene and continuing with Michael Francis and Jeff Jones. Rick

Hourican leaving CVS to head Sysco

Hourican leaving CVS to head Sysco

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Pharmacy president Kevin Hourican is leaving the company to become president and CEO of food service company Sysco Corp. “Retail pharmacy and the role pharmacists play in health care are rapidly evolving, and we’ll continue to lead the way in responding to changing patient needs,” said Larry Merlo, president and chief

MMR names Dollar General Retailer of Year

MMR names Dollar General Retailer of Year

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General Corp. seems to defy the kind of gravity that is keeping much of the retail industry earthbound. At a time when some retailers are scaling back their brick-and-mortar expansion plans and may see their profits constrained by the need to invest in their omnichannel offerings, Dollar General has been growing

Stater Bros. promotes Thomas to EVP role

Stater Bros. promotes Thomas to EVP role

SAN BERNADINO, Calif. — Stater Bros. has promoted Keith Thomas to the position of executive vice president of retail operations. Thomas will report directly to Stater Bros. president Greg McNiff and will be responsible for overseeing the retail operations of all the retailer’s stores. He will also be charged with ensuring that Stater Bros. provides

Retailers see a 3.4% increase in holiday sales

Retailers see a 3.4% increase in holiday sales

PURCHASE, N.Y. – Retailers had much to cheer about this holiday season. According to Mastercard SpendingPulse, holiday retail sales increased 3.4%  with online sales growing 18.8% compared to 2018. Mastercard SpendingPulse provides insights into overall retail spending trends across all payment types, including cash and check. “E-commerce sales hit a record high this year with

BJ’s Wholesale club names Lee Delaney as CEO

BJ’s Wholesale club names Lee Delaney as CEO

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — BJ’s Wholesale Club has named Lee Delaney to serve as chief executive officer. He succeeds Christopher Baldwin, who has been named executive chairman. Baldwin will also serve as a strategic advisor to Delaney. The company also appointed Thomas Kingsbury, the former CEO of Burlington Stores Inc., to its board of directors. The moves

Stater Bros. store planned for Whittier, Calif.

Stater Bros. store planned for Whittier, Calif.

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Stater Bros. Markets said Thursday that it plans to build a new store Whittier, Calif. The new outlet, which will be built from the ground up, will replace a former Stater Bros. store that was located at 11750 Whittier Blvd. The company expects to break ground on the Whittier site in

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