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2015

More consolidation

CINCINNATI – Kroger Co. has agreed to buy 151-store Roundy’s Inc. for some $800 million, including debt. Kroger will purchase all outstanding shares of Roundy’s for $3.60 per share, a premium of about 65% to its closing price on November 10. The deal, which is expected to close by year-end, was unanimously approved by the

Riedl joins Walmart in health role

BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Former longtime Walgreens executive George Riedl has been named a senior vice president and president of health and wellness at Walmart. He succeeds Labeed Diab, who left Walmart to join Brookdale Senior Living Inc. as chief operating officer. Riedl most recently was president of Advanced Marketing & Sales Inc., an independent sales,

Walmart, P&G still cream of crop

WILTON, Conn. – Walmart is the top retailer and Procter & Gamble Co. (P&G) is the top manufacturer in the 2015 PoweRanking from consulting firm Kantar ­Retail LLC. Each has led its respective category for more than a decade, noted Kantar, which launched the survey in the late 1990s with the aim of identifying industry

Albertsons upgrades R&D facility for PL

DUBLIN, Calif. – A $4.8 million renovation of its culinary kitchen and technology center has allowed Albertsons to unite under one roof its personnel devoted to developing, testing and improving its myriad store brand items. The remodeled center, unveiled here earlier this month, consolidates the retailer’s food scientists, chefs and quality assurance personnel. Previously, the

Retail sales remain anemic in October

WASHINGTON – Retail sales increased 0.1% in October after being unchanged in September and August, the Commerce Department said. So-called core retail sales rose 0.2% last month after increasing 0.1% in September, the government noted. Core sales exclude automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food, and therefore correspond more closely to the consumer spending component of

New era in mass retail dawns

New era in mass retail dawns

George Riedl, once Walgreen’s head merchant, has signed on with Walmart to run that retailer’s health care services. Thus, 2015, from a personnel standpoint, ends as it began, with jobs and career changes once deemed unthinkable. George Riedl, once Walgreens’ head merchant, has signed on with Walmart to run that retailer’s health care services. Thus,

Kroger’s aptitude put in perspective by deal

In a field beset with competitive pressure from traditional retailers of all kinds as well as the burgeoning e-commerce sector, Kroger Co. has been a model of quality and consistency. In a field beset with competitive pressure from traditional retailers of all kinds as well as the burgeoning e-commerce sector, Kroger Co. has been a

Supercharging the supply chain

Rising consumer expectations (anytime, anywhere, right price and good quality), continued product innovation by suppliers to serve the category of one, and logistics partners playing tough (resource constraints, raising costs, asking for flexibility) are among the trends contributing to the complexity of managing supply chains. Rising consumer expectations (anytime, anywhere, right price and good quality),

Two key Walmart execs move on

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Two Walmart executives are leaving to take leadership roles with other companies. BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Two Walmart executives are leaving to take leadership roles with other companies. Labeed Diab has left his post as president of health and wellness for Walmart U.S. to join Brookdale Senior Living Inc. as chief operating officer.

Sam’s Club shifts food merchants

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Sam’s Club has made additional changes to its merchandising leadership team, hiring supermarket industry veteran Toby Noiles to serve as senior vice president and general merchandise manager of grocery and beverage. Sam’s Club has made additional changes to its merchandising leadership team, hiring supermarket industry veteran Toby Noiles to serve as senior