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Issue 07-13-2020

Walmart Health Center comes to Arkansas

SPRINGDALE, Ark. — Walmart has opened its fourth Walmart Health Center adjacent to a remodeled Supercenter here. The facility, which is the first to debut outside of Georgia, is situated less than 20 miles from Walmart’s headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. Walmart Health Centers are dramatically different than the retailer’s 18 walk-in Care Clinics located within

WBA moves to broaden omnichannel offering

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) made two recent announcements that strengthen its omnichannel efforts, including an expansion of its strategic partnership with Microsoft and Adobe to launch a world-class digital experience and customer insights platform to deliver personalized health care and shopping offerings. The chain also opened more than 30 small-format pharmacies as

Albertsons IPO values company at $9.3 billion

BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons Cos. has rejoined the ranks of publicly owned retailers following an initial public offering (IPO) of 50 million shares of common stock at $16 per share, or $800 million. Excluding a hefty debt load of almost $8.7 billion, the IPO values Albertsons Cos. at about $9.3 billion. The offering was smaller

H-E-B debuts Spring Green Market in Houston metro area

RICHMOND, Texas — H-E-B has expanded its footprint within this community, having opened its newest location, the long-awaited H-E-B Spring Green Market, last month. The new 101,000-square-foot store offers residents a world-class, spacious shopping destination with a pledge to deliver unsurpassed freshness and quality at affordable prices. The new Spring Green Market is the first

Raley’s premieres O-N-E Market

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Raley’s last month unveiled the latest iteration of its promise to change the way the world eats, one plate at a time, via the launch of the first Raley’s O-N-E Market, in the Northern California town of Truckee. The market offers a curated selection of natural and organic food, presented in

New priorities are safety and omnichannel allure

The COVID-19 pandemic is testing mass market retailers on two major fronts. Target chairman and CEO Brian Cornell received a lot of attention recently when he spoke about how consumer behavior has changed since the arrival of the novel coronavirus in the U.S., and what it will take to get shoppers to feel comfortable about

Digital tools will play a critical role as stores start reopening

As the economy restarts and businesses prepare to bring workers back, there are many questions around how to safely reopen workplaces, whether retailers, offices or warehouses. Different states, and even regions within some states, are developing guidelines and goal-oriented phased time lines. Retail locations, manufacturing sites, distribution centers and offices each pose their own set