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2019

Trade war fallout

NEW YORK — The Trump administration has escalated its trade war with China by threatening new tariffs that will be levied on almost all products the United States imports from that country. The retail industry, as represented by major trade organizations, has once again voiced dismay with the administration’s trade policy. In May the U.S.

FMI honors best of best for outreach

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Food Marketing Institute is out with its Community Outreach Awards, recognizing grocers’ often overlooked contributions to the communities they serve. Here are the “best of the best” in the four categories FMI is honoring this year: • Neighborhood Health ­Improvement — Publix Super Markets Inc. in May partnered with Mind Body

Virtual care on offer at Rite Aid

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp. is introducing RediClinic Express, an in-store virtual care platform that allows customers to communicate with clinicians over a secure audio/video connection. The program utilizes a virtual care platform — Solo by InTouch — developed by InTouch Technologies Inc. of Goleta, Calif., a provider of telehealth systems. “Virtual care

CVS takes CarePass nationwide

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Pharmacy has extended its CarePass paid membership loyalty program across the country. Consumers can join CarePass on a month-to-month basis for $5 a month, or obtain a discounted annual membership for a fee of $48. Benefits include: • Free one- to two-day day delivery on qualifying prescriptions and most purchases made

New chapter written by GIANT

PHILADELPHIA — GIANT Food Stores has opened its second GIANT Heirloom Market in Philadelphia. Separately, the retailer announced that it is piloting an enhancement to its Gas Extra Rewards program that offers customers new ways to save money and earn rewards. The store opening, on Chestnut Street in the Philadelphia’s University City neighborhood, is one

Food Lion ups ante in Charlottesville

SALISBURY, N.C. — Food Lion has completed the upgrade of its 23 stores in the greater Charlottesville-Harrisonburg, Va., market, marking the event with grand reopenings in 14 towns and cities throughout the area on July 31. The $40 million investment, part of parent company Ahold Delhaize USA’s “Easy, Fresh and Affordable” program to enhance Food

Retailers need to retool in-store product mix

Retailers need to retool in-store product mix

As online shopping becomes more frictionless and ubiquitous, retailers with brick-and-mortar outlets need to pay more attention to the kinds of products they put in them. What do people still want to buy in a store these days? Two recent studies suggest some answers. One of these is the latest Global Market Development Center (GMDC)|Retail