BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart reported strong first-quarter sales that included gains in its U.S. business, which got a lift from aggressive pricing that lured more shoppers into its stores. Store visits rose 1.5% in the quarter, a period in which many retailers saw fewer shoppers. Heavy discounting contributed to a slight decline in average basket
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Scott Huff is retiring as executive vice president for consumables, health and wellness at Walmart. He will be succeed by Marybeth Hays, who has been chief merchandising, marketing and supply chain officer at Walmart China. She is expected to fully transition into the position by June 1. Before taking on his current
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Scott Huff, executive vice president for consumables, health and wellness at Walmart, has announced his retirement from the retailer. Huff will be succeed by Marybeth Hays, who is expected to fully transition into the position by June 1, according to a Walmart spokeswoman. Before his current role, Huff served as executive vice
SHELTON, Conn. — Walmart has the largest retail share in the $40 billion personal care market, but CVS Pharmacy and Walgreens are leading the way in driving deals for consumers, according to TABS Analytics. Walmart holds a 19.4% share of personal care purchases, followed by traditional supermarkets (such as Kroger Co. and Publix Super Markets
ORANGEBURG, N.Y. — Nice-Pak has received the Private Brand Supplier of the Year Award from Walmart. Nice-Pak said Tuesday that it was honored with the Private Brand Supplier of the Year Award, new for Walmart this year, because of its overall collaboration with product innovation, thought leadership and category insights. Walmart is one of the
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart plans to make the shopping experience faster and easier for its pharmacy customers with the addition of express lanes in its stores and a new feature in its mobile app. The Walmart mobile app’s “easy refill” feature will allow patients — after a simple, one-time setup — to quickly refill prescriptions,
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart plans to launch new pharmacy and money services functions in its mobile app that will take advantage of new “express lanes” coming to its stores. Walmart said Tuesday that the express lanes will give customers a “new store experience” by enabling them to skip its traditional checkout lines. Meanwhile, the new
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart’s U.S. business accelerated in the fiscal 2017 fourth quarter, with domestic same-store sales posting their biggest increase since 2012. The retail giant said Tuesday that Walmart U.S. same-store sales rose 1.8% year over year in the fourth quarter ended Jan. 31, with the gain fueled by a 1.4% uptick in traffic.
NEW YORK — Walmart plans to streamline its buying process so that the same merchants can purchase products for the retailer’s stores and its web site, according to published reports. The move should help Walmart leverage its considerable buying power to make its online offering more compelling to consumers. The new approach will mean that
STOCKTON, Calif. — Walmart’s health and wellness unit has deployed TRC’s Medication Therapy Management Special Edition Toolkit, an online patient care resource for pharmacists. TRC said Monday that the toolkit, available through the Walmart portal, delivers targeted medication learning and continuing education (CE) in a user-friendly, easily accessible format that provides the most relevant and
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — John Furner has been named president and chief executive officer of Sam’s Club. He succeeds Rosalind Brewer, who is retiring effective February 1. Furner has been chief merchandising officer at Sam’s Club, with responsibility for global sourcing, packaging and private brands. He was named to the post in October 2015. Before that
CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Dollar Tree Inc. has tapped former Walmart executive Duncan Mac Naughton to serve as president and chief operating officer of its Family Dollar chain. Mac Naughton succeeds and will report to Gary Philbin, who has been promoted to a new role as enterprise president of Dollar Tree. Mac Naughton most recently served
Going into the new year, several key personnel questions await answers, foremost among them the age-old problem of determining who, in 2017, will emerge as the most influential senior staffers at America’s drug chains. The determination is made more difficult by the fact that, as of this writing, Walgreens’ acquisition of Rite Aid remains unresolved.
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart reportedly is realigning its top management to have several executives oversee both online and in-store operations. Chief marketing officer Tony Rogers will now take on online and digital marketing efforts, including for Jet.com, according to an internal company memo cited by The Wall Street Journal. Jeremy King, head of the WalmartLabs