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Jeffrey Woldt

Grocers experience triumph, travails

Grocers experience triumph, travails

In the 72 years that FMI has issued “The Food Retailing Industry Speaks” report, the survey of retail and wholesale companies is unlikely to have uncovered such a confluence of promise and peril as it has today. With COVID-19 acting as the catalyst, the supermarket sector experienced unprecedented demand and buttressed its standing over the

Muller on Ahold Delhaize Q2 results

ZAANDAM, Netherlands — Foresight and adaptability have been two distinguishing characteristics of Ahold Delhaize since its formation in 2016, and those qualities continued to serve the retailer well in the second quarter of fiscal 2021, as it negotiated COVID-induced market changes around the world. During the three months, net revenue reached €18.6 billion, up 3%

COVID hasn’t stopped innovation at Hy-Vee

COVID hasn’t stopped innovation at Hy-Vee

The essential nature of the services that Hy-Vee provides in eight Midwestern states was brought into sharp focus by COVID-19. The company deserves high marks for quickly and effectively adapting operations to ensure that customers continued to have access to food, medicine and other basics throughout the pandemic. The necessity of dealing with the formidable

Retailers respond to the scourge of plastic

Retailers respond to the scourge of plastic

Despite COVID-19’s dominance of the spotlight, environmental degradation has continued apace over the past 18 months. Climate change and other factors damaging the natural world have resulted in more frequent instances of severe storms, floods and wildfires. In response, mass market retailers and other businesses, with varying degrees of commitment and varying degrees of success,

New purpose statement apt for an evolving CVS

New purpose statement apt for an evolving CVS

As it rose to become the nation’s largest health care provider and fourth-biggest company of any kind, CVS Health benefitted from a clear, concise raison d’être: “Helping people on their path to better health.” Those eight words encapsulated the overarching objective of an organization with deep roots in community pharmacy, which over the past 15

Hartsig discusses makeup of the ‘new Bed Bath & Beyond’

Bed Bath & Beyond executive vice president and chief merchandising officer and Harmon Stores president Joe Hartsig spoke to MMR editor-in-chief Jeffrey Woldt about the company’s three-year revitalization plan. This is an excerpt of an interview that can be watched at massmarketretailers.com/category/videos. WOLDT: It’s Bed Bath & Beyond’s 50th anniversary at the same time that

Supply chain questions that aren’t going away

Supply chain questions that aren’t going away

The supply chain, hitherto taken for granted if not ignored completely, has assumed unaccustomed prominence during the COVID pandemic. Disruptions in the flow of some health care products and consumer staples (most notoriously personal protective equipment and toilet paper), extending from stores all the way back to the source of raw materials, were a fact

Video Forum: John Standley, Walgreens

Video Forum: John Standley, Walgreens

  John Standley, who joined Walgreens as president last August, talks about changes under way that will strengthen the drug chain’s position in pharmacy, health care and retailing. Among the subjects Standley addresses in this week’s Video Forum are Walgreens’ expanding partnership with VillageMD, the retailer’s revamped loyalty program, and its big investment in digital

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