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Issue 2-24-2020

WBA names Ashworth president of Walgreens

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) has appointed Richard Ashworth as president of Walgreens. He will oversee development of strategies and plans for all Walgreens operations and have responsibility for the leadership, development and management of the business, the company announced earlier this month. Ashworth joined Walgreens as a service clerk 28 years ago

Ahold Delhaize closes Peapod in Midwest

QUINCY, Mass. — Ahold Delhaize USA this month shuttered its Peapod online grocery business in the Midwest and said the move would allow it to devote more resources to omnichannel operations in the East, where the company is the region’s largest grocery retailer through its Stop & Shop, Food Lion, GIANT/MARTINS, Hannaford and Giant Food

Aldi, Lidl grow on Long Island

NEW YORK — Both Aldi and Lidl continue to expand their retail presence on Long Island. Aldi announced plans to open two new stores, in Valley Stream and North Babylon, N.Y., in the first half of 2020. The hard discount grocer noted that the Valley Stream store, which is opening on February 27, will be

Rite Aid names Persaud to head retail operations

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp. has tapped retail industry veteran Andre Persaud to serve as executive vice president of retail. Persaud will lead the retail operations for more than 2,400 Rite Aid locations. His responsibilities will include inventory and supply chain management, field team management, store operations, asset protection, and facility maintenance and

Latest small-format Meijer opens

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Local dignitaries last month joined in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of Meijer Inc.’s first small-format store in metropolitan Detroit. Woodward Corner Market anchors a mixed-use development in Royal Oak, Mich. The 41,000-square-foot store features open-air elements, with 25-foot ceilings, a pedestrian-friendly design and six garage-style doors that open

Adapting to change, grocers are ‘cautiously optimistic’

PHOENIX — After weathering the storm unleashed by the advent of grocery e-commerce and the attendant predictions about the demise of brick-and-mortar stores, supermarket operators have regained their equilibrium and are charting a new course in the omnichannel world. The change in attitude was evident at the annual Midwinter Executive Conference convened by the industry’s

Six are honored with Executive Leadership Awards at event

PHOENIX — The Food Industry Association (FMI) recognized six luminaries from the food retailing and supplier communities with its 2020 Executive Leadership Awards, presented at the association’s Midwinter Executive Conference here. “The food industry is a people business,” FMI president and chief executive officer Leslie Sarasin said. “In our operations, there are three necessary virtues

Edeker becomes FMI chairman

PHOENIX — The Food Industry Association (FMI) has appointed its 2020 board of directors, which includes product suppliers and Randy Edeker, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Hy-Vee Inc., as the new term chairman. “Now, under Randy Edeker’s leadership, we will lead with a renewed focus in this expanded food marketplace,” said FMI president

Technology alliance broadened by WBA

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) along with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) — an information technology (IT) services, consulting and business solutions organization based in Mumbai that has been partnering with many of the world’s largest businesses in their transformation journeys for the last 50 years — have expanded their strategic partnership to advance