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Issue 11-14-2011

E-shopping spree

NEW YORK — Consumers will shop online increasingly this holiday season, according to industry experts. But brick-and-mortar retailers can capitalize on the trend with such technologies as mobile apps and website enhancements. Consumers will shop online increasingly this holiday season, according to industry experts. But brick-and-mortar retailers can capitalize on the trend with such technologies

A&P may go private with Chap. 11 exit

MONTVALE, N.J. — Private investors have committed $490 million in debt and equity financing for A&P, enabling the grocer to emerge from Chapter 11 as a private entity in early 2012. Private investors have committed $490 million in debt and equity financing for A&P, enabling the grocer to emerge from Chapter 11 as a private

Walmart plans more smaller stores

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart will continue to roll out medium- and small-format stores next year, while keeping Supercenters as its primary growth vehicle. Walmart will continue to roll out medium- and small-format stores next year, while keeping Supercenters as its primary growth vehicle. The chain has identified a large number of potential Neighborhood Market sites,

Three execs move up at CVS

Woonsocket, R.I. — CVS Caremark Corp. has promoted a retail pharmacy executive and expanded the responsibilities of two others. CVS Caremark Corp. has promoted a retail pharmacy executive and expanded the responsibilities of two others. Judy Strauss Sansone has been appointed senior vice president of merchandising, while chief marketing officer Rob Price and executive vice

Retail sector speaks up on sales tax

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Seventy state and national trade associations and more than 60 companies have sent a letter to the so-called Super Committee, urging that it clear the way for states to begin collecting state sales tax on Internet and catalogue sales. Seventy state and national trade associations and more than 60 companies have sent

Merchants realigned at Walgreens

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreen Co. has restructured its merchandising division, giving three general merchandise managers additional oversight. Walgreen Co. has restructured its merchandising division, giving three general merchandise managers additional oversight. Steve Broughton will be responsible for food, beverages and household consumables; Shannon Curtin (formerly Petree) will have oversight for beauty, personal care and seasonal

First lady tours Walgreens store

CHICAGO — First lady Michelle Obama toured a Walgreens store on Chicago’s South Side late last month as part of her ongoing effort to shed light on childhood obesity. First lady Michelle Obama toured a Walgreens store on Chicago’s South Side late last month as part of her ongoing effort to shed light on childhood

An ancient motivation at work

Retailing executives do not often change companies, even if they get a promotion in the bargain. Retailing executives do not often change companies, even if they get a promotion in the bargain. That’s why what happened less than a month ago is so stunning: Two of retailing’s most senior — and very best — managers

Holiday trends reflect broader retail changes

The holiday selling season has gotten off to a fast start, with a number of mass market retailers already unveiling special initiatives designed to bring more shoppers into their stores. The holiday selling season has gotten off to a fast start, with a number of mass market retailers already unveiling special initiatives designed to bring