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Issue 11-30-2020

Target enlivened by the present and future

MINNEAPOLIS — It has been quite a month at Target Corp. First, the retailer announced a blockbuster long-term partnership with Ulta Beauty to open store-within-a-store Ulta Beauty shops in selected Target locations and make available Ulta’s prestige brands through Target.com. The collaboration represents a brilliant combination of two retailers who both excel in providing curated,

MyWalgreens offers more advantages

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance has updated its loyalty program, rechristened as myWalgreens, to offer customers extensive new benefits, including the fastest same-day retail pickup currently available. Customers can now shop online and on a fully redesigned mobile app for health and wellness items, then pick them up in the store, curbside or at

Amazon begins delivering prescriptions

SEATTLE — Amazon announced earlier this month that it has entered the pharmacy business with a new offering called Amazon Pharmacy, allowing customers in the U.S. to order prescription medications for home delivery, including free delivery for Amazon Prime members. Amazon Pharmacy allows customers to complete an entire pharmacy transaction on their desktop or mobile

Neela Montgomery tapped to head CVS Pharmacy unit

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Neela Montgomery has been named executive vice president of CVS Health and president of the company’s CVS Pharmacy retail unit, with responsibility for overseeing the company’s 10,000 U.S. pharmacies. “Neela is a seasoned retail industry leader with extensive digital and e-commerce experience,” said Karen Lynch, who will become president and chief executive

New-Look Winn-Dixie stores debut in Florida

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Four new-look supermarkets opened in Florida on November 11 under the Winn-Dixie banner, designed to provide customers with a unique shopping experience featuring farm-fresh produce and quality meat and seafood, along with a wide selection of convenient grab-and-go options from their updated deli departments. Each store features full-service meat departments offering natural

Rite Aid launches refreshed brand as part of transformation

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Earlier this month, Rite Aid officially launched its refreshed brand with an advertising campaign that demonstrates the company’s commitment to provide the perfect fusion of traditional medicine and alternative remedies. The launch is part of Rite Aid’s ongoing transformation and includes a new brand identity (logo) that is rolling out across

NRF says retail sales grew in October

WASHINGTON — Retail sales grew for the sixth month in a row in October, according to figures from the National Retail Federation (NRF). October sales increased compared to September, and also compared to October of last year. The increases were less than some economists had predicted, prompting worries that sales were losing momentum heading into

Wysong details reasons for Care Pharmacies’ fast growth

Care Pharmacies chief executive officer Mike Wysong recently spoke with Mass Market Retailers editor-in-chief Jeffrey Woldt about the reasons behind Care’s robust growth. This is an edited version of that conversation, which is available in video form on massmarketretailers.com. WOLDT: Maybe you can talk a little bit about your growth trajectory and the strategy behind

Don’t cede the Rx market to Amazon

It’s finally happened: Amazon has announced its intention of entering the pharmacy business. With that announcement, the potential disruption of the retail pharmacy business in America has become, in an instant, a very real possibility. Given Amazon’s well-documented ability to upset the settled order of things, coupled with the online retailer’s proven success rate in

Food waste tied to climate change

Fixing the problem of global warming will require more than switching to electric cars and getting our electricity from solar cells and windmills. The entire food supply chain, from farms to supermarket shelves, has an important role to play in climate solutions as well. Recognizing that, FMI – The Food Industry Association has joined the

Having the right offerings for unpaid caregivers is a challenge

Finding ways to connect with your shoppers and draw in new consumers is an ongoing effort that needs constant reevaluation based on market conditions, the evolution of shopping behaviors, trends and the economy. One trend that continues to shape retailers’ strategies is the self-care movement. As consumers take more responsibility and control of their own