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Issue 04-16-2018

Muller to take reins

ZAANDAM, Netherlands — Dick Boer, chief executive officer of Ahold Delhaize, will retire July 1. He will be succeeded by Frans Muller, who currently is deputy CEO and chief integration officer. Together, the two executives were co-architects of the merger of the two international grocers in 2016. “We thank Dick for his leadership and dedication

Health care deal eyed by Walmart

NEW YORK — Walmart and Humana are discussing ways to forge a closer health care partnership, including a possible acquisition of the health insurer. The potential deal, which was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, comes on the heels of other brewing mega-mergers, including CVS Health’s planned acquisition of Aetna Inc., as well as

Kroger to add 11,000 employees

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. said this month that it plans to hire 11,000 employees to fill jobs across its supermarket divisions, including nearly 2,000 management positions. The job growth figures do not include jobs created as a result of capital investment, such as temporary construction jobs, or increases due to the company’s mergers, according to

The end of an era for chains?

DANA POINT, Calif. — The era of “go big or go home” in U.S. grocery retailing is coming to an end as top chains leverage new strategies to cope with change, said Joe McKeska, president of Elkhorn Real Estate Partners, during a presentation at the 2018 International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Open Air Centers

Belsham picked to lead Jet.com

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Wal­mart’s Jet.com has named Tesco PLC veteran Simon Belsham president. Belsham will oversee all operations, including the unit’s online grocery and general merchandise business. “With Jet Grocery being an integral part of the strategy, Simon brings incredible experience in scaling grocery delivery and his unique background in converging technology and retail to

Retailers part ways with Trump on tariffs

Retailers part ways with Trump on tariffs

Despite his fiery rhetoric and sometimes unpredictable policy positions during the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump has mostly turned out to be the kind of president that business leaders can appreciate. The National Retail Federation praised the tax reform bill signed into law by President Trump, for example, calling it a “major victory for lawmakers.” And