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AmazonFresh expands to three new cities

AmazonFresh expands to three new cities

SEATTLE – Amazon has expanded its AmazonFresh service to three new cities: Houston, Minneapolis and Phoenix. Prime members in those cities can now shop online for meat, seafood, produce and everyday essentials, and have their orders delivered in two hours or less. “Prime members tell

PQA seeks comments on proposed standard measure set for pharmacy accountability

PQA seeks comments on proposed standard measure set for pharmacy accountability

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) seeks comments on its “Proposed Standard Measure Set for Pharmacy Accountability in Value-Based Models.” The proposed set could establish a new paradigm for collaboration between pharmacies and health plans to improve medication management and patient outcomes. PQA

New report examines progress made across the Surescripts Network Alliance

New report examines progress made across the Surescripts Network Alliance

ARLINGTON, Va. – A new report from Surescripts demonstrates how the nation’s leading health information network collaborated across the health care market to improve the accuracy of e-prescription transactions by 64% since 2016, leading to better e-prescribing quality, safety and cost. “Surescripts has worked across

CV Sciences signs distribution partnership with The Vitamin Shoppe

CV Sciences signs distribution partnership with The Vitamin Shoppe

SAN DIEGO — CV Sciences announced Thursday the further expansion of its PlusCBD Oil brand into the specialty retail channel with The Vitamin Shoppe. “The Vitamin Shoppe is an ideal retail partner for CV Sciences as we continue our rapid expansion into national retailers,” said

Shane Sampson leaving Albertsons Cos.

Shane Sampson leaving Albertsons Cos.

BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons Cos. announced Wednesday that Shane Sampson, executive vice president and chief marketing a merchandising officer, has decided to leave the company at the end of its second fiscal quarter on September 7.  The company has launched a search for a successor.

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RETAIL NEWS

Target reports strong Q2 numbers

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. released its second-quarter earnings report on Wednesday, showing strong growth in all areas. For the quarter, Target saw its comparable sales increase by 3.4%, which it said was driven by a 2.4% growth in traffic. Its comparable sales have continued to

Walmart CMO Barbara Messing to depart

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart chief marketing officer Barbara Messing, who joined the company in July 2018, plans to leave at the end of this month. Barbara Messing Walmart’s marketing team will be reconfigured following Messing’s departure on August 30, according to published reports, which cited

J.D. Power releases 2019 U.S. pharmacy study

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Despite the looming threat of disruption at the hands of e-commerce, the U.S. pharmacy industry continues to enjoy superior levels of customer satisfaction in both the brick-and-mortar and mail order segments, according to the J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Pharmacy Study, released

Giant Food opening new Maryland location

LANDOVER, Md. — Ahhold Delhaize USA’s Giant Food regional grocery chain, which operates in the greater Washington D.C. area, said on Monday that it planned to open a new store in Maryland at the end of the week. The store, set to hold its grand

Walgreens honored on Fortune magazine’s 2019 Change the World list

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens has made Fortune magazine’s 2019 Change the World list, taking the #13 spot on this annual list, which highlights companies that leverage their businesses to drive profit and to create societal good. The company is honored for its Balance Rewards for healthy

SUPPLIER NEWS

Hershey announces investments in emerging snacking businesses

HERSHEY, Pa. — The Hershey Co. is further expanding its position as a snacking category leader, announcing minority investments in emerging snacking businesses FULFIL Holdings Limited and Blue Stripes. C7 Ventures, Hershey’s venture model, provides the company with new avenues for growth through the deployment

SweeTARTS teams with fashion icon Christian Siriano

CHICAGO — SweeTARTS announced Friday its partnership with Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) designer Christian Siriano in celebration of SweeTARTS “Be Both” campaign. Siriano designed a custom couture look inspired by the brand, which celebrates the freedom to be “more than one thing.”

Celestial Seasonings and HeadCount release limited-edition tea

BOULDER, Colo. — Back by popular demand, Grateful Dead fans can settle down easy with the release of Ramble on Rose, a limited-edition black tea blend from Celestial Seasonings in partnership with nonprofit HeadCount. For the first time ever, this exclusive blend will be available

AZOVA debuting Digital Healthcare Marketplace at NACDS

SALT LAKE CITY— AZOVA announced Thursday its plans to debut the first ever Digital Health Marketplace bringing consumer access to pharmacy clinical services this month during National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) TSE Conference. AZOVA is the world’s most comprehensive Digital Health Platform, a