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Issue 12-16-2019

CVS marks merger’s first year

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health recently announced that it has successfully completed the first year of combined operations following the acquisition of Aetna in late 2018. The combined company has met or exceeded its first-year integration goals while also introducing new, consumer-focused offerings as a result of its unmatched capabilities. CVS Health remains on track

Dollar General rolls out CBD cosmetics in 1,100 outlets

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General Corp. announced earlier this month that it has begun selling about 20 CBD topical cosmetic products in approximately 1,100 stores in Tennessee and Kentucky. The company said it also plans to expand the products’ availability to seven more states (Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas and Vermont) by spring

Walgreens will open 14 Medicare centers

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens will open 14 UnitedHealthcare Medicare services centers in stores in five metropolitan areas as part of a multiyear agreement with the health insurance ­provider. “We are expanding access to UnitedHealthcare Medicare resources to better serve our members, providing them with all the valuable benefits they have come to expect from their

Kroger opens delivery kitchens

CINCINNATI — Kroger is opening delivery-only kitchens in partnership with Indianapolis-based ClusterTruck to prepare on-demand meals for delivery to customers, who won’t be charged delivery or service fees. The partners said the initial program — Kroger Delivery Kitchen Powered by ClusterTruck — is launching in Indianapolis; Columbus, Ohio; and Carmel, Ind. A similar service will

Target offers service to aid the blind

MINNEAPOLIS — Just in time for the holidays, Target has rolled out a service that promises to make its stores more accessible for blind or low-vision shoppers. The service, called Aira, is designed to connect blind and low-vision guests with trained agents who act as visual interpreters through an app, describing items on the shelf

When price is an afterthought

On the day before Thanksgiving an acquaintance of ours wandered into a CVS drug store in Mendham, N.J. There, at the store’s entrance, was a display, a Disney Lionel train set. Price: $79.95. Our acquaintance, a longtime Lionel train buff, immediately snapped it up, took it home, assembled the track and, by 8:00 that night,