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Independent pharmacies applaud PPP extension

Independent pharmacies applaud PPP extension

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association thanked President Trump Friday for signing legislation allowing small businesses that receive emergency loans under the Paycheck Protection Program up to two years to qualify for forgiveness. “We’re grateful to the president and congressional leaders for making

Kroger and Ocado to build three new High-Tech Customer Fulfillment Centers

Kroger and Ocado to build three new High-Tech Customer Fulfillment Centers

CINCINNATI — The Kroger Family of Companies and Ocado announced on Friday  the continued expansion of their partnership with plans to construct three new Customer Fulfillment Centers (CFC) in the Great Lakes, Pacific Northwest and West regions. “Kroger is incredibly excited to construct three additional

Target commits $10 million and ongoing resources for rebuilding efforts and advancing social justice

Target commits $10 million and ongoing resources for rebuilding efforts and advancing social justice

MINNEAPOLIS —  Target  announced on Friday a $10 million commitment in addition to ongoing resources to advance social justice and support rebuilding and recovery efforts in local communities. “Target stands with Black families, communities and team members. As we face an inflection point in Minneapolis and across the

United for America: Unilever’s movement to support communities during COVID-19

United for America: Unilever’s movement to support communities during COVID-19

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — Back in March when the COVID-19 crisis first took hold in the United States, Unilever moved quickly to create United for America: an initiative designed to support communities in need during the pandemic. Launched as part of its global commitment to

PLMA names Peggy Davies as acting president

PLMA names Peggy Davies as acting president

NEW YORK – The board of directors of the Private Label Manufacturers Association is pleased to announce that Peggy Davies has been named acting president of the Association. Her appointment follows the death of Brian Sharoff, president, who passed away last month after a brief

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RETAIL NEWS

IRI: Natural product sales are up

CHICAGO — New research from IRI and SPINS, a leading provider of wellness-focused data technology and market analytics reveals that consumers are purchasing more natural products in 2020, both pre-COVID-19 and during the current pandemic. The new report, COVID-19 and Navigating the Path Ahead: Supporting the Natural Products Consumer,highlights

CVS Health to distribute new diabetic nutrition beverage

BENTONVILLE, Ark.— Glucose Health has confirmed that CVS Health has agreed to distribute the Company’s innovative beverage for the adult-diabetic nutrition retail category, GLUCODOWN. Murray Fleming, CEO of Glucose Health, Inc., stated, “CVS is embarking on a significant corporate expansion of diabetic care at many

Kroger CEO shares reopening plan at White House

WASHINGTON — Kroger Co. chief executive officer Rodney McMullen shared his company’s vision for safely reopening the country’s businesses during a recent meeting with President Trump. McCullen and six other business leaders participated in the “Opening Up America Again” event that was held on Friday

Commerce Signals introduces COVID-19 Consumer Spending Impact Tracker

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Commerce Signals, a Verisk Financial company and leading source of U.S. retail payment insights, has announced the availability of the Covid-19 Consumer Spending Impact Tracker, enabling companies to quickly and easily gain valuable insights into U.S. consumer spending behavior across key retail

SUPPLIER NEWS

Zebra Technologies on the front line of COVID-19

MORRIS PLAINS, N.J. — Technology has an ever more important role in pharmacy and the overall patient experience with the COVID-19 pandemic. One company providing products and services that are essential to frontline workers during these trying times is Temptime, now a wholly owned subsidiary

FDA approves Merck’s Recarbrio

KENILWORTH, N.J. — Merck announced Friday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for Recarbrio (imipenem, cilastatin, and relebactam) for the treatment of patients 18 years of age and older with hospital-acquired bacterial pneumonia and ventilator-associated

Wahl offers tips to treat the painful realities of working from home

STERLING, Ill. —  The idea of working from home may sound appealing, but many people are discovering the reality is very different. In addition to challenges like navigating an uprooted schedule, wrangling children and sharing  Wi-Fi bandwidth with a household, pesky pains have likely crept