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2016

Panzer excels in health, wellness

Panzer excels in health, wellness

PHOENIX — Mark Panzer, senior vice president of pharmacy, health and wellness at Albertsons Cos., is leading his team and the industry in creating a singular destination for customers to take care of their health and wellness needs through their grocery and pharmacy stores. The goal is to raise the profile of the company’s health

John Butcher, senior vice president of merchandising for beauty and DermStore, Target

MINNEAPOLIS — Style is one of Target Corp.’s signature categories, businesses the retailer has said it wants to be known for, and that offer some of the biggest opportunities for it to stand out and win with consumers. Beauty (along with apparel and home) plays an important role within style, notes John Butcher, senior vice

Rick Gates, vice president of pharmacy operations, Walgreens

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Rick Gates developed a passion for retail pharmacy early on, when he worked at an independent drug store in Des Moines while attending high school. Now, as vice president of pharmacy operations at Walgreen Co., Gates is making it possible for his fellow pharmacists to indulge the same passion by helping create

Jeremy Gosch, executive vice president, strategy, chief merchandising officer, Hy-Vee

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Jeremy Gosch, executive vice president of strategy and chief merchandising officer at Hy-Vee, has been at the center of three major initiatives that the company has introduced over the past year to ensure that the retailer remains relevant in the lives of its customers. Hy-Vee’s rollout of an apparel line,

Mike McEnany, vice president of consumables and general merchandise, CVS Pharmacy

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — As vice president of consumables and general merchandise for CVS Pharmacy, Mike McEnany has helped oversee the chain’s expansion of healthier food and beverages. “Since CVS Pharmacy became the first and only national retail pharmacy chain to remove tobacco products from its shelves in 2014, the next natural step in this evolution

Donna Tweeten, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, Hy-Vee

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Hy-Vee has one of the oldest — if not the oldest — taglines or jingles ever deployed by a U.S. company to insinuate itself into the hearts and minds of shoppers. The grocer has been using “A helpful smile in every aisle” for a half century — it’s possible that

Annie Walker, vice president of O-T-C merchandising, Walmart

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Over-the-counter medications offer a first line of treatment for people with aches and pains, or minor illnesses. As vice president of O-T-C merchandising at Walmart, Annie Walker is responsible for making sure that the right products customers need to address those health needs are available on the shelf, at the low prices

Jim Wonderly, vice president of strategic accounts, QK Healthcare Inc.

BELLPORT, N.Y. — His career started in high school when he began working at a Loblaw Cos. supermarket in Erie, Pa., and today Jim Wonderly is vice president of strategic accounts at QK Healthcare Inc. Wonderly credits his manager at Loblaw, Jim Mifsud, for helping to launch his career by recommending him as a health

Hershey’s new 2016 Halloween offerings

Hershey’s new 2016 Halloween offerings

HERSHEY, Pa — The Hershey Co. has an assortment of new Halloween-themed products available this year. These include the following: • Reese’s White Peanut Butter Ghosts Snack Size:White crème-coated ghosts filled with classic peanut butter filling, available in a 10.2-ounce size selling for a suggested $3.25. • Kit Kat White Minis Snack Size: White crème-coated

NRF forecasts 3.1% rise in retail sales for 2016

NRF forecasts 3.1% rise in retail sales for 2016

WASHINGTON — Economists at the National Retail Federation (NRF) predict retail industry sales in 2016 will exceed their 10-year average as the economy continues to grow and consumers show more willingness to spend. The federation forecasts sales will increase 3.1% this year, topping the 2.7% average over the past decade. The report, released today, predicts

Rite Aid Q3 earnings meet Wall Street’s forecast

Rite Aid Q3 earnings meet Wall Street’s forecast

CAMP HILL, Pa. – Rite Aid Corp. posted fiscal 2016 third-quarter adjusted earnings in line with Wall Street estimates and announced a special shareholders meeting to vote on its $17.2 billion deal to be acquired by Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. Rite Aid said Thursday that for the third quarter ended Nov. 28, net income totaled