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Walmart e-commerce head Marc Lore to leave company

Walmart e-commerce head Marc Lore to leave company

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Marc Lore, who helped spearhead Walmart’s ongoing transformation into a truly omnichannel retailer, is leaving the company on January 31. He will continue on as a strategic advisor until September, the company said. His departure comes as Walmart continues to face off

NRF: Holiday sales grew 8.3% despite COVID-19

NRF: Holiday sales grew 8.3% despite COVID-19

WASHINGTON – Retail sales during 2020’s November-December holiday season grew an unexpectedly high 8.3% over the same period in 2019 to $789.4 billion, the National Retail Federation said on Friday. That tops the NRF’s holiday forecast, and came despite a pandemic that disrupted holiday shopping.Online

APhA: President-Elect Biden’s COVID plan is a strong start to rescue the country from the pandemic

APhA: President-Elect Biden’s COVID plan is a strong start to rescue the country from the pandemic

WASHINGTON — Scott Knoer, executive vice president and CEO of the American Pharmacists Association has issued the following statement on President-Elect Biden’s plan to address COVID-19: “President-Elect Biden’s plan to address COVID-19 is a strong start to rescue the country from the pandemic. It not only

Hy-Vee to offer COVID-19 rapid antibody testing at more than 250 locations

Hy-Vee to offer COVID-19 rapid antibody testing at more than 250 locations

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa  — Hy-Vee, Inc. will begin offering COVID-19 rapid antibody testing at more than 250 Hy-Vee pharmacy locations on Monday, Jan. 18. Patients will receive same day test results in as few as 15 minutes after completing the test. The rapid antibody test

New NACDS ad positions pharmacies on COVID-19 vaccinations

New NACDS ad positions pharmacies on COVID-19 vaccinations

ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) has released a new ad that says “it’s time to end this pandemic once and for all” and that “as vaccines become available, pharmacies are prepared to help reopen America.” The ad notes NACDS’

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RETAIL NEWS

NACDS Announces Virtual Annual Meeting

ARLINGTON, Va. — NACDS announced Wednesday afternoon that the 2021 NACDS Annual Meeting will be held virtually April 26-28. “The NACDS board of directors has been highly engaged in the decision to present a virtual format for the 2021 Annual Meeting that includes valuable programming

Walgreens partners with Synchrony and Mastercard

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens is expanding its financial services offering in partnership with Synchrony and Mastercard, as part of its ongoing commitment to offer differentiated healthcare services and benefits to customers. In the coming months, Walgreens will launch credit cards, issued by Synchrony, as well

WBA makes a majority investment in iA

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) has made a majority investment in iA, a leading-edge provider of software enabled automation solutions for retail, hospital, federal health care and mail-order pharmacy markets. WBA’s investment will support iA’s expansion and further development of pharmacy automation solutions

Albertsons Cos. raises outlook after strong Q3

BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons Cos. raised its outlook for fiscal 2020 on Tuesday after reporting strong results for the third quarter. Highlights for the 12-week period ended December 5 included identical store sales growth of 12.3% and digital sales growth of 225%. “Our constant focus

SUPPLIER NEWS

Survey reveals Americans anticipate poor skin health this winter

NEW YORK — While the grueling year of 2020 is officially in the past, the lasting effects and lifestyle changes are likely to continue well into the new year, including skin troubles. In fact, according to recently released results from a CeraVe survey conducted online by

Kellogg’s rolls out Raisin Bran Toasted Oats and Honey

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Kellogg has added Raisin Bran Toasted Oats and Honey to its line up. The cereal offers a new recipe that features hearty bran flakes and juicy raisins paired with crisp, whole-grain toasted oats and a touch of real honey. For generations,