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2019

Holiday competition

NEW YORK — With forecasts calling for strong holiday sales despite fewer shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, retailers are doing everything they can to convince consumers that their stores and websites are the ones to shop. Walmart kicked off the holiday deals at its stores earlier than ever this year, introducing special offers at

Amazon seeks more food sales

SEATTLE — Amazon is leveraging its large base of Prime members to seize a bigger share of the U.S. grocery market. The company this month announced plans to make free grocery delivery a benefit of Prime membership. Members in more than 20 major metro areas can get free two-hour grocery delivery after the company eliminated

Wegmans premieres in New York

NEW YORK — Wegmans made its New York City debut with the opening last month of a 74,000-square-foot store in Brooklyn’s Navy Yard. At the opening, the crowd included self-identified “Wegmaniacs” from the retailer’s hometown of Rochester, N.Y., as well as Brooklynites eager to find out what the fuss was about. Store manager Kevin Cuff

Raley’s shutters 27 pharmacies

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Raley’s is closing 27 pharmacies, leaving the regional supermarket operator with 69 pharmacies across its 129 stores in Northern California and Nevada. Prescriptions for pharmacy customers at the closing Raley’s, Bel Air and Nob Hill stores will be transferred to nearby Rite Aid, CVS Pharmacy and Walgreens drug stores, the company

CVS makes Oregon debut

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Pharmacy has celebrated the grand opening of its first-ever stand-alone store in Oregon. The new store is the first of three retail locations to open in the greater Portland market in 2019, with one more store opening in 2020. In addition, to mark CVS Pharmacy’s entrance into the Portland market, the

GMDC stresses HBC

INDIANAPOLIS — Global Market Development Center (GMDC)|Retail Tomorrow used its inaugural Selfcare Summit here early this month to highlight supplier innovation in the health and beauty care categories. Suppliers displayed their latest offerings in the event’s product showcase, and retail and wholesale executives identified the ones they saw as “most likely to generate strong consumer

Walgreens, CVS take to the skies

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. — On-demand delivery by drone took an important step forward this month when consumers in this southeastern Virginia town received purchases from Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) and FedEx that were delivered by an unmanned aircraft operated by Wing, an offshoot of Google’s parent company. The October 18 trial marked the first scheduled e-commerce

Dodge to succeed Kennedy as RILA president

WASHINGTON — Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) president Sandy Kennedy plans to retire at the end of the year. Kennedy, 61, is credited with remaking the trade association, previously known as the International Mass Retail Association. “The retail industry’s experienced several cycles of profound change in the 17 years Sandy’s led this organization,” said Target

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