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Issue 11-12-2018

Expectations high

NEW YORK — Although most preseason forecasters anticipate robust consumer spending during the year-end holidays, retailers are leaving little to chance. Wal­­mart launched a mobile technology called Check Out With Me designed to allow employees to check out customers in the busiest areas of the store, such as the consumer electronics and toy departments. Walmart

CVS pilots CarePass in Boston

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Pharmacy announced last month that customers in the greater Boston area can now enroll in CarePass, a new pilot membership rewards program offering additional benefits to the company’s ExtraCare Rewards Program. CarePass provides card members in-store and online perks, including free delivery on most medications and purchases; access to a 24/7

Wegmans expands in North Carolina

WAKE FOREST, N.C. — Weg­mans Food Markets Inc. is boosting its planned presence in North Carolina with the confirmation of plans to open a fifth store in the state. The new store will be located on the Route 98 bypass in Wake Forest, N.C., which is approximately 11 miles northeast of the Raleigh site where

Amazon expands grocery delivery

AUSTIN, Texas — Amazon continues to expand grocery delivery from its Whole Foods stores, a service now available in 63 cities across the United States. Amazon Prime members in Albuquerque, N.M.; Birmingham, Ala.; Boise, Idaho; Charleston, S.C.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Hartford, Conn.; Kansas City, Providence, R.I.; Salt Lake City; and Stamford, Conn. — as well

Retailers take on plastic waste

NEW YORK — Ahold Delhaize has signed on to a global commitment to eliminate plastic waste and pollution. The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, officially unveiled last month at a conference in Bali, was signed by nearly 300 packaging producers, retailers and recyclers, representing 20% of all plastic packaging produced globally. At the heart of

Retailers need to prepare for Calif. Consumer Privacy Act

California recently enacted the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), effective January 1, 2020, a privacy law unprecedented in the U.S. that grants California residents a broad range of European-like privacy rights. Amendments passed on August 31 and signed into law on September 23 extend the time for the California attorney general (CaAG) to promulgate regulations