Issue 07-22-2019

Embracing Change

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. is rolling out a new merchandising vehicle to highlight its highly successful private brands, chairman and chief executive officer Rodney McMullen revealed at the grocer’s recent annual meeting here. The concept, dubbed Treasure EmporiYum, will present a curated collection of trend-inspired private label (which Kroger terms Our Brands) items in almost

Pickup for Amazon is at Rite Aid

SEATTLE — Amazon rolled out its Counter package pickup service in the United States last month at more than 100 Rite Aid Corp. locations. The new network of staffed pickup points gives customers the option to pick up their Amazon packages in-store at a partner location. Delivery to a Counter location is available for the

Dollar General partners with FedEx

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — FedEx drop-off and pickup services will soon be offered at thousands of Dollar General stores. Dollar General and FedEx recently announced plans to introduce the services to more than 1,500 Dollar General stores late this summer and have set a target of more than 8,000 stores by the end of next year.

Walmart in settlement with DOJ

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Wal­mart has concluded a global settlement with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that ends an investigation of more than seven years into the company’s compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The retailer has agreed to pay a total of $282.7 million to settle

Supreme Court supports data confidentiality

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) in a lawsuit concerning the confidentiality of store-level sales data provided to the government by retailers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The case stemmed from a 2011 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by a Sioux Falls,

Fred’s is shuttering 49 more outlets

MEMPHIS — Discount chain Fred’s Inc. announced that it will close an additional 49 underperforming stores as part of an ongoing effort to optimize store footprint. Pharmacies will remain open at all locations listed below — customers can continue to fill their prescriptions, receive vaccinations and purchase over-the-counter ­medications. Fred’s decision to close additional underperforming

H-E-B opens Eastside Tech Hub

AUSTIN, Texas — H-E-B has opened a new technology center here that also serves as the new headquarters for Favor, its wholly owned on-demand delivery subsidiary. The new facility, known as the Eastside Tech Hub, represents another step toward fulfilling the regional grocer’s ambition to become the digital industry leader in Texas. The rapidly growing

Bloom is given new position at GPM

RICHMOND, Va. — GPM Investments LLC has appointed Mike Bloom to the newly created role of executive vice president and chief merchandising and marketing officer. Bloom previously served as chief executive officer of Fred’s Inc., president and chief operating officer of Family Dollar and executive vice president of merchandising, marketing and supply chain at CVS.

Amazon extends its horizons

Amazon extends its horizons

Amazon, synonymous with innovation in retailing and technology, consistently tests boundaries as a result of its self-described customer obsession and commitment to long-term thinking. The company’s catalytic role in e-commerce is a given, but in recent years it has also extended its reach in the realm of brick-and-mortar retailing. Through the acquisition of Whole Foods