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Kroger’s Brad Studer joins lineup for PLMALive!

Kroger’s Brad Studer joins lineup for PLMALive!

NEW YORK — PLMA announced this week that Brad Studer, senior director of Our Brands for Kroger, the nation’s largest supermarket chain, will be one of several leading retailers and industry executives to speak, when PLMA unveils its first major online event for store brands

Walmart gearing up for COVID-19 vaccinations

Walmart gearing up for COVID-19 vaccinations

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart says it is preparing for a major rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations, and will be able to deliver 10 million to 13 million doses per month when supply and allocations allow. Dr. Cheryl Pegus “As we look to a future when supply

Ten top BioPharma companies announce formation of Accumulus Synergy to develop global data sharing platform

Ten top BioPharma companies announce formation of Accumulus Synergy to develop global data sharing platform

BURLINGAME, Calif. — Ten of the world’s leading biopharmaceutical companies announced the formation of a new non-profit corporation, Accumulus Synergy, which is intended to support interactions between industry and health authorities worldwide to enable real-time collaboration and data exchange, as well as data submission. Accumulus

NACDS, AAM and NGA praise President Biden’s COVID-19 plan

NACDS, AAM and NGA praise President Biden’s COVID-19 plan

WASHINGTON — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores, the Association for Accessible Medicines and the National Grocers Association all applauded President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 plan, which calls for leveraging community pharmacists in an effort to speed the vaccination of more Americans. Biden announced his

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RETAIL NEWS

Rite Aid expands no-charge COVID-19 testing

CAMP HILL, Pa. – Rite Aid is further expanding its no-charge COVID-19 testing capabilities with 60 additional drive-through locations opening on Friday, January 22, through its partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This move will bring its testing capacity to

Retailers pledge to work with Biden, Congress

WASHINGTON — Following the inauguration of Joseph Biden as the nation’s 46th President, retailers have vowed to work with his administration, as well as the new Congress, to address the needs of the country, consumers and their industry. “We look forward to working with the

Meijer seeks local products for upcoming Localization Summit

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer announced Wednesday that it will host its first virtual Localization Summit, giving local businesses across the retailer’s six-state footprint the opportunity to showcase their offerings to Meijer merchants. “We are proud to be a Midwestern retailer and want to carry

Retailers call on Biden and Congress to reform U.S. immigration laws

WASHINGTON – The National Retail Federation was one of more than 180 organizations that called on Congress and President-elect Joe Biden today to reform the nation’s immigration system. Among other steps, the groups said participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program should be

Mara Sirhal named SVP and GM at Harmon

UNION, N.J. — Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. has named Mara Sirhal senior vice president and general manager for Harmon Health and Beauty Stores. Sirhal will report to Joe Hartsig, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer at Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. and president

SUPPLIER NEWS

Camber Pharma launches generic Effexor ER Tablets

PISCATAWAY, N.J.– Camber Pharmaceuticals announced that it has launched venlafaxine ER tablets, which is the generic version of Effexor ER Tablets. Venlafaxine ER tablets are used to treat major depressive disorder, anxiety, and panic disorder. Venlafaxine ER tablets are available from Camber in 37.5mg, 75mg,

The Nature’s Bounty Co. reveals new corporate identity

RONKONKOMA, N.Y.— The Nature’s Bounty Co. has rebranded and is now The Bountiful Company. “This rebrand is an exciting milestone in the company’s journey and captures the next stage in its vision for the future,” said the company in a blog post. “This is an

NRF’s planned June show to go virtual

WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation, which is conducting the first chapter of its 2021 Retail’s Big Show conference online, announced on Tuesday that the planned in-person chapter of the show, scheduled for June, will also be held virtually. “We have recently learned that the