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issue 11-26-2018

Ahold looks to grow U.S. biz

AMSTERDAM — Dutch-Belgian supermarket group Ahold Delhaize, the owner of Stop & Shop, Food Lion, Giant Food Stores and Hannaford, is looking for acquisitions in the United States, its chief executive announced in a Dutch newspaper report. The comments in Dutch newspaper Financieele Dagblad signal a potential strategy shift for Ahold under chief executive officer

Lidl expands presence in U.S. market

ARLINGTON, Va. — German Discount grocer Lidl and Best Market announced earlier this month an agreement in which Lidl will acquire 27 Best Market stores in New York and New Jersey, widening its reach into the U.S. market. The move allows Lidl to offer customers in the region a supermarket experience recently ranked among the

Amazon decides on New York and Virginia

SEATTLE — Amazon’s search for “HQ2” is over. After 14 months of rampant speculation and frenzied media coverage, Amazon revealed that rather than the 50,000-person, $5 billion second headquarters it said it wanted when it launched its search for a second home, the company has settled on two new bases — in the Crystal City

October retail sales up 0.4%: NRF

WASHINGTON — According to calculations released by the National Retail Federation, retail sales in October increased 0.4% over September on a seasonally adjusted basis and were up 5.6% year over year unadjusted. The numbers exclude automobiles, gasoline stations and ­restaurants. “Today’s pickup in retail sales shows a healthy pace of spending and a sign of

Sprint, Walgreens collaboration

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Sprint Corp. and Walgreens are collaborating on a program that allows Sprint customers who shop online for Sprint-branded mobile phones, accessories and other products to retrieve the items at a FedEx counter located within 7,500 Walgreens stores ­nationwide. Sprint, the nation’s fourth-largest provider of wireless telecommunications services, with 54.5 million connections,

Who’s changing retail’s future?

WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation’s NRF Foundation has identified the 25 individuals on its The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future. A celebration honoring the industry stalwarts is set for January 13 at the NRF Foundation Gala, which will be held during NRF 2019: Retail’s Big Show in New York. “There has never been

Ahold names Peapod head

ZAANDAM, Netherlands — Ahold Delhaize has appointed Selma Postma as president of Peapod, effective January 1. Postma joins Peapod after a career of almost two decades at Albert Heijn. Since 2014, she was general manager of Albert Heijn Online, where she helped to accelerate online sales to more than 20% annually. Her teams also led

CVS Health among CHPA winners

NEW YORK — CVS Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Bayer Consumer Health + BrightGuard were the big winners at the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) Educational Foundation gala held at the Plaza Hotel here earlier this month. The CHPA’s annual gala celebrates the foundation’s mission of happier, healthier lives through