August 21, 2013

The Deloitte Consumer Spending Index remained flat in July, but a recent survey showed shoppers have a positive, although still tentative, outlook on the economy for the back-to-school shopping season.

August 21, 2013

Zak Designs is helping to bring the magic of Disney's "Sophia the First," a popular kids' TV show, to every meal with a new line of dinnerware and drinkware.

August 20, 2013

Following the completion of the inaugural NACDS Total Store Expo at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, exhibitors donated 6,000 lbs. of consumer goods to be dispersed to various charitable organizations throughout the Las Vegas area, NACDS has announced.

August 19, 2013

GMDC highlighted two key business sessions that the association will showcase at its 2013 GMDC General Merchandise Marketing Conference held in Phoenix Sept. 6 to 10.

August 19, 2013

IRI announced it has named former Groupon executive Hoyoung Pak to the position of EVP global operations and data science.

August 19, 2013

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has announced the winners of the 2013 NACDS Total Store Expo Product Showcase.

The 160 products, ranging from health and beauty to seasonal items, were on display in the “Product Showcase” on the exhibit floor.

August 19, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration is looking to regulate flavored cigars, according to published reports.

August 16, 2013

Duracell today announced the launch of Duracell Quantum this month, its most advanced alkaline battery and biggest innovation since CopperTop. To celebrate the launch of Duracell Quantum, Duracell is donating one million Quantum batteries to first responders across North America.

August 16, 2013

Harris Teeter announced the Aug. 28 grand opening of a new store in the Creedmoor Village Shopping Center.

August 16, 2013

During the company's second-quarter conference call, Walmart discussed efforts to expand its e-commerce platform as it recently launched a locker test for site-to-store in the Washington, D.C., area.

August 15, 2013

Bi-Lo and its subsidiary Winn-Dixie announced the companies will freeze prices over a 10-week period on hundreds of products across categories throughout its stores, starting with many items aimed at back-to-school shoppers.

August 15, 2013

Research by Mintel shared on Thursday reveals how parents across the country are trying to save on items for the back-to-school shopping season.

August 14, 2013

July retail sales saw gains in many back-to-school categories like clothing and sporting goods, but surprising declines in home-based categories, including building materials and furniture stores. Still, according to the National Retail Federation, July retail sales (excluding automobiles, gas stations and restaurants) increased 0.3% seasonally adjusted from June and increased 5% unadjusted year-over-year.

August 13, 2013

Bartell Drugs announced today its “School Tools for Kids in Need” drive — a helping hand for teachers assisting local students with school supplies, running now through Aug. 31.

August 13, 2013

According to new results published by the Integer Group, 31% of survey respondents said they won't be shopping for any back-to-school products at all, up from 27.7% last year.

August 13, 2013

Collegiate Licensing Co., an affiliate of IMG College, and the Yankee Candle Co., announced the launch of a new co-branded collegiate-themed candle line.

August 12, 2013

Method Products, PBC, a manufacturer of eco-friendly home cleaning, laundry and personal care products, is innovating in the dish category again, this time with the launch of Power Foam dish soap — a foaming dish soap in an ergonomic trigger spray bottle.

August 9, 2013

The family that runs American Greetings card company is taking the company back to private, according to published reports.

August 9, 2013

Walmart.com announced its first-ever "Back to Class Cyber Monday" event, giving parents and students the opportunity to save up to 60% on nearly 300 of the most popular back-to-school items.

August 8, 2013

Activity toys are a key segment for the drug channel.

August 8, 2013

According to a July 2013 poll of more than 500 AccentHealth viewers with children of school age, kid's annual physicals and back-to-school shopping go hand-in-hand.

August 8, 2013

Numbers can be deceiving in the baby category. While overall category sales are down, the drug channel is seeing nice increases in specific segments within the category. The numbers suggest that drug retailers could be missing an opportunity.

August 8, 2013

Sergeant's Pet Care Products has created an innovative product called Vetscription PetSTOP! behavior correction spray for dogs and cats to help modify destructive or aggressive behavior.

August 8, 2013

The pervasiveness of Facebook and Twitter has not killed the greeting card and gift wrap category.