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At Walgreens, Rick Hans also held roles as real estate manager and senior real estate manager, responsible for the development of more than 250 Walgreen drug stores. He joined Walgreens in 1987 as a financial analyst.
In a history-making move that would have a direct impact on the retail industry and food service sector, the state of California has moved closer to raising the statewide minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022.
If the major suppliers of soft goods such as clothing and accessories to retail stores are a bellwether of the economy, then the coming months are looking to provide a jolt as 75% of these suppliers expect retail sales to significantly outpace the gross domestic product for the spring and summer shopping season.
The discounter is already in high gear, with plans to open a record 900 stores and remodel or relocate about 875 existing locations in 2016.
For all their talk about the customer, most retailers have yet to evolve to a business model that is truly customer-centric.