Furner early on saw appeal of retail jobs

NEW YORK — Walmart U.S. president and chief executive officer John Furner realized early in his career that the work retail employees do is important. “I started in retail working in a garden center at a Walmart store,” Furner recalled at the recent National Retail Federation conference here. “And I quickly realized that this work

Hourican exits CVS for Sysco

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Pharmacy announced earlier this month that president Kevin Hourican is leaving the company to become president and chief executive officer 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

Kroger adds to Simple Truth Plant-Based line

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. has announced the launch of Simple Truth Emerge: Plant Based Fresh Meats. An expansion of Simple Truth — “America’s largest natural and organic brand” — Simple Truth Emerge is a line that offers fresh burger patties and grinds at more affordable prices, according to Kroger. Available exclusively at Kroger Family of

NRF introduces Privacy Initiative

WASHINGTON ­— The National Retail Federation (NRF) has announced the launch of the Center for Consumer Privacy and Innovation, a retailer-led initiative intended to promote and protect innovation in the retail customer experience. The launch took place during NRF 2020 Vision: Retail’s Big Show, NRF’s annual convention. “Retailers recognize the importance of and value the

Retail industry celebrated for ‘thriving and winning’

NEW YORK — National Retail Federation (NRF) chairman Chris Baldwin kicked off the trade group’s 2020 convention here with a positive message about the retail industry’s value and its continued vitality. Baldwin, who is chairman and chief executive officer of BJ’s Wholesale Club, noted that he took the helm as chairman of NRF two years

ECRM’s impact greater than ever

ECRM’s impact greater than ever

Under the innovative and productive leadership of Greg Farrar, ECRM, the retailer- and supplier-focused sales and marketing organization, has emerged as one of the most important trade organizations serving the mass retailing community. This didn’t happen overnight. When Farrar signed on as ECRM’s president some seven years ago, the organization, which had been founded over

Retail industry exhibits vitality as barriers fall

Retail industry exhibits vitality as barriers fall

Anyone questioning the vitality of the retail industry would have had those doubts put to rest if they were present at the National Retail Federation’s Big Show in New York City earlier this month. With some 40,000 attendees — almost half of them retailers, including everyone from small business owners to John Furner, president of

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