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Issue 01-24-2011

Target goes global

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. has finally made its move into international retailing with an agreement to buy the leasehold interests of up to 220 Zellers Inc. locations in Canada. Target Corp. has finally made its move into international retailing with an agreement to buy the leasehold interests of up to 220 Zellers Inc. locations in

CVS seeking president for retail unit

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark Corp. has resumed its search for a new president of CVS/pharmacy and has appointed Mike Bloom and Scott Baker to oversee the retail business on an interim basis. CVS Caremark Corp. has resumed its search for a new president of CVS/pharmacy and has appointed Mike Bloom and Scott Baker to

Retail sales end year with gains

NEW YORK — Continuing anxiety over unemployment, personal debt and the housing market — compounded by the post-Christmas blizzard in the Northeast — limited December retail sales increases. Continuing anxiety over unemployment, personal debt and the housing market — compounded by the post-Christmas blizzard in the Northeast — limited December retail sales increases. Monthly same-store

Supervalu encounters turbulence

MINNEAPOLIS — Wall Street punished Supervalu Inc. after the grocery retailer and wholesaler produced another disappointing quarter and lowered its earnings outlook for the year. Wall Street punished Supervalu Inc. after the grocery retailer and wholesaler produced another disappointing quarter and lowered its earnings outlook for the year. The results were released days after the

Walgreens strengthens exec team

CHICAGO — Walgreen Co. has hired Graham Atkinson, former president of United Airline’s Mileage Plus unit, to be senior vice president and chief customer experience officer, with responsibility for developing and leading Walgreens’ loyalty strategies. Walgreen Co. has hired Graham Atkinson, former president of United Airline’s Mileage Plus unit, to be senior vice president and

Winn-Dixie taps Appel to oversee operations

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. has named Laurence Appel senior vice president of retail operations. Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. has named Laurence Appel senior vice president of retail operations. Appel, who joined the supermarket chain in 2002 and was previously general counsel, corporate secretary and senior vice president of human resources, replaces Frank Eckstein, who

What’s coming next

NEW YORK — Retailers and manufacturers still reeling from the Great Recession of 2008 to 2009 and the changes in consumer behavior that it triggered might do well to brace themselves for the next decade, which promises to serve up more change. Retailers and manufacturers still reeling from the Great Recession of 2008 to 2009

GMDC poised to make impact

Whatever its initials really mean, GMDC, the supermarket-based, general merchandise-oriented trade group headquartered in Colorado Springs, is emerging as a particularly relevant and immensely valuable retail association. Whatever its initials really mean, GMDC, the supermarket-based, general merchandise-oriented trade group headquartered in Colorado Springs, is emerging as a particularly relevant and immensely valuable retail association. GMDC

Gaps in in-store service exposed by technology

The recently released results of Motorola Solutions’ annual holiday study include a finding with important implications for retailers — 55% of the 545 in-store associates who participated in the survey thought that consumers had better access to pertinent information than they did. The recently released results of Motorola Solutions’ annual holiday study include a finding