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NRF says holiday sales to grow 3.6% to 5.2%

NRF says holiday sales to grow 3.6% to 5.2%

WASHINGTON – The National Retail Federation forecast Monday that holiday sales during November and December will increase between 3.6% and 5.2% compared to 2019, totaling between $755.3 billion and $766.7 billion. The numbers, which exclude automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants, compare with a 4%t

Hy-Vee reinstates reserved shopping hour for high risk shoppers

Hy-Vee reinstates reserved shopping hour for high risk shoppers

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Hy-Vee announced today that it is reinstating its reserved shopping hour for customers considered “high risk” in response to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases throughout its eight-state region. The reserved hour will be offered at all Hy-Vee locations from

Loblaw brings digital health care and support to Ontario with new app

Loblaw brings digital health care and support to Ontario with new app

BRAMPTON, Ontario – Loblaw Companies  announced on Monday the Ontario launch of the PC Health app, a new health and wellness app powered by League, the country’s leading health operating system (health OS) technology provider. First launched in Atlantic Canada in October, the app is

Critical issues in retail pharmacy

Critical issues in retail pharmacy

Key leaders in community pharmacy recently assembled for a roundtable sponsored by Chain Drug Review to discuss the profession’s impact on health care during the COVID-19 outbreak and beyond. In these highlights from the meeting, panelists from the retailing, pharmaceutical manufacturing and technology sides of

Amazon offers new ways to track, receive and pick up holiday orders

Amazon offers new ways to track, receive and pick up holiday orders

SEATTLE — The holidays are typically overwhelming—between shopping for gifts, preparing family meals, and getting the house ready for guests — but for many, this season may look a little different. Whether customers’ plans have changed or not, Amazon still wants to keep this holiday

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RETAIL NEWS

Walmart Health concept makes Chicago debut

CHICAGO — Two Walmart Supercenters here that were damaged during civil unrest in May have reopened with new health centers attached. “These last few months have been especially difficult for this great city, and it has done a remarkable job facing its challenges head on,”

Standley: Supporting communities during the COVID-19 pandemic

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens president John Standley issued the following memo on Friday regarding  how the company is supporting communities during the COVID-19 pandemic: “As the nation confronts a rising surge in COVID-19 cases, many Americans are faced with fear and uncertainty. But there is

Bartell’s 2020 Holiday Gift Guide now available

SEATTLE — With holidays quickly approaching, (still) locally owned Bartell’s invites customers to embrace the spirit of the season. Although the holidays may look a little different this year, two things will remain the same at Bartell’s: the highly anticipated Holiday Gift Guide and the

Ahold Delhaize to acquire Fresh Direct

NEW YORK — Ahold Delhaize has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a majority stake in the online grocer FreshDirect, the company said Wednesday. Ahold Delhaize will acquire the majority share, funded by cash on hand, and Centerbridge Partners will be a minority equity

Walgreens rolls out new loyalty program

DEERFIELD, Ill. – Walgreens has launched myWalgreens, a complete reinvention of its customer loyalty program to offer customers extensive new benefits, including the fastest same-day retail pickup currently available. Customers can now shop online and on a fully-redesigned mobile app for health and wellness items,

SUPPLIER NEWS

CHPA welcomes new board members at November meeting

WASHINGTON – The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA)  announced the election of two new members to the CHPA Board of Directors during the association’s virtual November meeting. Newly elected CHPA board members include: Tim Grannan, president, Blistex Inc. Don Kerrigan, president, North America, The Nature’s

Pure Protein debuts new Puffs and Cookie Sandwiches

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. — The global pandemic has impacted most areas of our daily lives – including snacking. Sixty-six percent of American adults say they are snacking more at home, and more than half choosing better-for-you snacks and meal solutions more often than they would have