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Kroger joins with Ocado for e-commerce offering

Kroger joins with Ocado for e-commerce offering

CINCINNATI — Answering Amazon.com’s encroachment on the retail food business, Kroger Co.  has inked a deal with online British supermarket Ocado to accelerate the American grocer’s e-commerce offering. The alliance will mark the U.S. debut of the technology underpinnings of the Ocado Smart Platform, which

Hershey committed to growth at 2018 Sweets & Snacks Expo

Hershey committed to growth at 2018 Sweets & Snacks Expo

HERSHEY, Pa. —  The Hershey Co. will spotlight its iconic brands Hershey’s, Reese’s, Kit Kat and Ice Breakers as category leaders and retail sales drivers during the National Confectioner’s Association’s 2018 Sweets and Snacks Expo, May 22-24 in Chicago. Visitors to the booth can sample these candy powerhouses while discovering a variety of

McKesson HVS partners with Discount Drug Mart

McKesson HVS partners with Discount Drug Mart

MALVERN, Pa. — McKesson High Volume Solutions (HVS) announced a pharmacy automation agreement with Discount Drug Mart, Inc., an Ohio-based retail drug store chain that operates more than 70 pharmacies in the state. As part of the deal, McKesson HVS will provide a dispensing automation

Freeman Beauty appoints George CEO

Freeman Beauty appoints George CEO

LOS ANGELES — Freeman Beauty announced the appointment of Bill George as the company’s new chief executive officer. Following the success of April’s first National Face Mask Month, George will join the company immediately following his previous post at Markwins Beauty Brands. Supporting Freeman Beauty’s full portfolio

Walgreens hits the road for skin cancer program

Walgreens hits the road for skin cancer program

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens will join The Skin Cancer Foundation on the road this year in support of its Destination: Healthy Skin Program– a national effort to educate the public about the importance of effective sun protection for skin cancer prevention, and the importance of early detection.

RETAIL NEWS

Giant Food, Ripken Baseball team up for baseball clinics

BALTIMORE —  Ripken Baseball and Giant Food have partnered for the seventh consecutive year to host a series of free outdoor health & fitness clinics for children and their families throughout Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. The “Get Out and Play” clinics will combine baseball instruction

Albertsons, Rite Aid unveil merger’s strategies and synergies

BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons Cos. and Rite Aid Corp. on Tuesday hosted a joint analyst event to discuss the strategic and financial benefits of the proposed merger transaction between the two companies. Announced in late February, the merger will join the nation’s second-largest supermarket operator

Retailers praise Trump for taking on drug prices

WASHINGTON —  CVS Health and Walgreens have commended President  Trump for vowing in a speech today to fight high drug prices. Issuing a sweeping plan to bring down prices,  Trump again castigated drug manufacturers, while spreading blame to PBMs, wholesalers, foreign governments and his predecessors in Washington.

NACDS Annual Meeting sets the stage for NACDS Total Store Expo

ARLINGTON, Va. – During remarks at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Annual Meeting in April, the NACDS leadership emphasized the importance of retailer-supplier collaboration across diverse product categories, and positioned the NACDS Total Store Expo as a natural progression of retailer-supplier collaboration

SUPPLIER NEWS

Novartis and Amgen announce FDA approval of Aimovig

Basel, SWITZERLAND – Novartis announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Aimovig (erenumab) for the preventive treatment of migraine in adults. Aimovig is a novel therapeutic approach as the first and only FDA-approved treatment specifically developed to prevent migraine by blocking

FDA approves US WorldMeds’ Lucemyra for opioid withdrawal symptoms

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — US WorldMeds  announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Lucemyra (lofexidine) for mitigation of opioid withdrawal symptoms to facilitate abrupt opioid discontinuation in adults. The FDA reviewed Lucemyra under Priority Review, which is granted to submissions for medications that

Hershey releases ‘Shopper’s World’ retail report

HERSHEY, Pa. — The Hershey Co. released its second annual ‘In a Shopper’s World’ retail report ahead of the National Confectioner’s Association’s 2018 Sweets and Snacks Expo. The Power of Search in a Shopper’s World showcases how to build a retail experience around the shopper, extending the

M&M’S unveils new White Chocolate Peanut variety

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — M&M’S is shaking things up once again with an addition to its line-up of iconic, colorful candies. The brand announced a new variety set to hit shelves this fall: White Chocolate Peanut. M&M’S first tapped into the growing excitement and consumer demand

Hot Wheels celebrates 50th anniversary

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. —  Today, Hot Wheels, said to be the  No.1 selling toy in the world with nearly 500 million units sold every year, celebrates its 50th anniversary. Conceived in 1968 by an innovator, a rocket scientist and a car designer, Hot Wheels 1:64th scale