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Sampson steps down at Albertsons

BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons Cos. is looking for an executive to oversee merchandising and marketing for its stores and websites following Shane Sampson’s departure from the company earlier this month. Sampson, who has spent nearly four decades working in the grocery industry, returned to Albertsons Cos. in 2015 as executive vice president and marketing and

Walmart reshapes marketing team

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Wal­mart has been reconfiguring its marketing team following the August 30 departure of Barbara Messing, who returned to the San Francisco Bay Area after serving as the company’s chief marketing officer for a little over a year. Michael Francis, a former chief marketer at both Target Corp. and Dreamworks, is joining Walmart

NACDS strives to end DIR fees

BOSTON — Alleviating the opioid crisis and reforming direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees topped a list of priorities targeted by leaders of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores as the group confronts challenges its members face in meeting the needs of ­consumers. “Today’s retail pharmacies provide access to health and wellness products, nutritional

Target to create Disney-themed sections

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. will create Disney-themed sections in 25 of its stores in October — with 40 more slated for next year — offering merchandise from Walt Disney Co. franchises including Pixel, Marvel and Star Wars. Target will open a new store near the entrance of Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., in 2021,

WBA names Tinto as global CIO

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) has named Francesco Tinto global chief information officer and senior vice president at the company. Tinto will oversee the global strategy for WBA’s IT operations across all of the company’s divisions, as well as the implementation of its technology and digital innovation. His role will include data analytics,

‘Clean Beauty’ push

The term “clean label” has been bouncing around since at least 2010. Originally the term described foods and drinks that contained fewer — and “cleaner” — ­ingredients. This emphasis on clean ingredients has spilled over into beauty. Research by Linkage Research & Consulting shows 72% of skin care consumers agree their skin is just like

McMillon seeks a higher value

McMillon seeks a higher value

Doug McMillon, chief executive officer of Walmart, was in the news recently for all the right reasons. Bucking traditional business wisdom, he announced new restrictions on Walmart’s program around gun sales. No longer, he announced, would the nation’s largest retailer sell certain types of ammunition. More than that, customers would be discouraged from entering Walmart

Heeding the call for a nobler purpose

Heeding the call for a nobler purpose

There is a sea change occurring among business leaders in America that promises to transform a sector of society that has frequently been criticized, with some justification, for being motivated solely by profits. The Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of major U.S. companies, last month issued an updated “Statement on the Purpose

Retailers can find a competitive edge with data science

U.S. retail sales are expected to rise between 3.8% and 4.4%, to more than $3.8 trillion in 2019 according to a February 2019 National Retail Federation report. These are big stakes numbers. With fast-moving market trends dictating consumption patterns, the need to anticipate customer preferences becomes the driving force for ­retailers. To be sure, not

Sansone is set to retire from CVS

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Judy Sansone, CVS Pharmacy’s chief merchant and senior vice president of front-store business, will retire in September. She will be replaced by George Coleman, who is senior vice president of merchandising. Sansone’s retirement rings down the curtain on a 42-year career at CVS that began as a part-time cashier, leading eventually to