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Issue 10-14-2019

Walmart innovates

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Four recent moves show how serious Walmart is about transforming the way health care is delivered in America. The most recent was the announcement earlier this month that the company will pilot a program designed to help its more than 1 million employees with health insurance find quality care more easily. Just

More stores are planned by Amazon

SEATTLE — Amazon is accelerating its grocery push with signed leases for more than a dozen locations in Los Angeles as well as sites in Chicago and Philadelphia, The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month. The newspaper cited anonymous sources in reporting that the stores will carry groceries that won’t compete with its Whole

Peters succeeds Everett as Rite Aid COO

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp. has named Jim Peters chief operating officer. He succeeds Bryan Everett, who is leaving the company to pursue other ­interests. Peters will lead all aspects of Rite Aid’s pharmacy and clinical strategy development and execution; health plan, health system and strategic corporate relationships; marketing and merchandising; and corporate

Kroger launches first food hall

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co.’s new urban-format store here is the grocer’s first to include a food hall, a destination that combines a full-service bar, a handful of restaurants, a food truck, and indoor and outdoor seating for up to 200 people. The two-level supermarket occupies 52,000 square feet of retail space and anchors an 18-story

Delaney becomes president of BJ’s

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — BJ’s Wholesale Club Inc. has promoted Lee Delaney to president. Delaney had been serving as the company’s chief commercial officer. He will continue to report to chairman and chief executive officer Christopher Baldwin, who relinquished the president’s title to Delaney last month. The warehouse club has been expanding into new markets and

Walmart again setting the pace

Walmart again setting the pace

Amid all the activity that promises to characterize mass market retailing this fall, one name stands out above the rest when it comes to innovation: Walmart. With the usual group of pundits and soothsayers once again predicting the demise or minimization of brick-and mortar retailing, and with online shopping threatening to crowd out the traditional

An under-exploited opportunity for supers

An under-exploited opportunity for supers

The Food Marketing Institute recently issued the 70th installment in its annual The Food Retailing Industry Speaks series. Based on responses from retailers that together operate more than 36,000 stores, the report provides a window on what the leaders of the nation’s grocery companies think about the challenges they currently face and prospects for the