June 17, 2011

The fate of beauty initiatives at JCPenney, along with a lot of the company's other plans, just became a lot less clear following the hiring of former Apple executive Ron Johnson as CEO.

June 17, 2011

Walmart is moving forward with what could be characterized as a rollout of its Neighborhood Market format nearly 13 years after the first unit opened in fall 1998. Just don’t call it a Neighborhood Market.

June 17, 2011

Walmart has rebranded the small-format food-and-drug combo store Neighborhood Market as Walmart Market.

June 16, 2011

Kroger reported strong first-quarter results and marked 30 consecutive quarters in which identical-store sales increased, the supermarket retailer announced Thursday.

June 15, 2011

A pharmacy purchasing cooperative announced that Mark LaPorte has joined its team as VP marketing.

June 15, 2011

M&M's has revved up its partnership with NASCAR through a new promotion.

June 15, 2011

Schick, an Energizer Holdings brand, is launching a men's scented razor, the Xtreme3 Refresh, which will feature scratch-and-sniff packaging, according to a New York Times article.

June 13, 2011

Hostess is kicking off a summer sweepstakes that celebrates America's favorite national pastime.

June 10, 2011

Total U.S. beauty sales in both the food/drug/mass and prestige channels experienced similar trends in first quarter 2011, according to market research providers NPD and SymphonyIRI, although makeup sales fared slightly better within the food/drug/mass channel.

June 8, 2011

A new line of biodegradable trash bags are looking to "dress the mess."

June 7, 2011

Through a partnership with Incentive Targeting and HaloEffect, Big Y Foods will become the first grocery retailer to offer Groupon deals digitally loaded to shoppers’ loyalty cards, the companies announced.

June 7, 2011

The Private Label Manufacturers Association is highlighting brands that speak to Hispanic shoppers through a new pavilion that will be displayed at the group's 2011 Private Label Trade Show in November.

June 7, 2011

SmartSource has enhanced its online coupons with Quick Response codes that can provide real-time identification of fraudulent coupons.

June 6, 2011

Perception feeds reality. That is as true today as it was when the economy first started its rollercoaster plunge back in 2008. The perception is that the consumer is on her way back. And while that is fast becoming reality, today’s retailer will be looking to commit its capital expenditures to more than just the traditional new Main-and-Main locations.

June 3, 2011

Royal Ahold banner Giant Food Stores is giving its private-label products a new look.

June 3, 2011

Sam's Club is expanding its foray into the private-label business by focusing on consumables.

June 2, 2011

Sunflower Farmers Market, a chain of 33 grocery outlets, now is carrying an array of TCCD International's Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal products.

June 1, 2011

Midwestern retailer Roundy’s Supermarkets has partnered with Grandville Printing to digitally print weekly in-store shelf tags and price signs, Roundy’s said Wednesday.

May 31, 2011

Cool Gear has introduced a new set of reusable water bottles, cups and food containers that are designed to keep food and drinks chilled for a long period of time.

May 31, 2011

Costco Wholesale EVP, CFO and director Richard Galanti told investors during the company’s third quarter 2011 earnings call last week that average prices in pharmacy probably would decline due to the introduction of generic versions of branded drugs.

May 31, 2011

Procter & Gamble announced that it has filed a lawsuit against a private-label manufacturer and distributor of mouthwash for allegedly violating the former's intellectual property.

May 26, 2011

Pampers has introduced Prints, a limited-edition diaper line.

May 26, 2011

Walgreens on Wednesday promoted Mike Spear to divisional merchandise manager of the retailer’s personal care division and announced that Lauren Vondrasek is transitioning to the company’s beauty merchandising unit, which is headed by Barbara Larson.

May 24, 2011

Happy days are here again! Consumer confidence rebounded 1.6 points in April from a dip in March, according to the Consumer Confidence Index, despite the fact that high-gas-price stories are dominating the airwaves.