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Issue 09-20-2010

Changes at Walmart

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart has revamped its merchandising organization and leadership in the second major change since Bill Simon was named president and chief executive officer of Walmart U.S. in late June. Walmart has revamped its merchandising organization and leadership in the second major change since Bill Simon was named president and chief executive officer

Rite Aid, Save-A-Lot give cobranding a try

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Rite Aid Corp. and Supervalu Inc.’s Save-A-Lot chain will cobrand the drug chain’s 10 stores located in this market, making them drug stores with an extensive offering of groceries. Rite Aid Corp. and Supervalu Inc.’s Save-A-Lot chain will cobrand the drug chain’s 10 stores located in this market, making them drug stores

Food Emporium is reportedly for sale

MONTVALE, N.J. — Citing people close to the situation, a recent report says that A&P is considering selling its Food Emporium stores as part of a broader effort to boost its liquidity. Citing people close to the situation, a recent report says that A&P is considering selling its Food Emporium stores as part of a

Target taps into social gaming

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Stores has become the first brick-and-mortar retailer to carry Facebook Credits gift cards. Target Stores has become the first brick-and-mortar retailer to carry Facebook Credits gift cards. The cards, available in values of $15, $25 and $50, allow people to buy digital goods in more than 150 social games and applications offered

Sears gears up for the holidays

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Sears Holdings Corp. has revived its Christmas Club card to help consumers save money for the holidays, added a new line to its merchandise mix and launched a new web site. Sears Holdings Corp. has revived its Christmas Club card to help consumers save money for the holidays, added a new

August retail sales rise; outlook still uncertain

NEW YORK — August sales overall turned out to be slightly better than expected for the nation’s retailers, but some polls suggest that consumers will be pulling back more in September as worries about home values are shaking upmarket consumers. August sales overall turned out to be slightly better than expected for the nation’s retailers,

NACDS, FMI should collaborate

Two of the more compelling and impressive personalities to emerge recently in the retail trade association ranks are Steve Anderson, president and chief executive officer of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, and Leslie Sarasin, his opposite number at the Food Marketing Institute. Two of the more compelling and impressive personalities to emerge recently

Technology has power to alter playing field

Mass market retailing is no stranger to technology. Mass market retailing is no stranger to technology. Computer systems and related equipment have been an integral part of the business for decades, facilitating everything from distribution to collecting data at the point of sale, information that in turn plays a major role in determining which products