Albertsons, Rite Aid, CVS, Walgreens and Walmart all saw significant rises in year-over-year satisfaction, with all advancing at least 3% year over year, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index.
Through April 30, there will be free, guided tours at 400 of the company’s stores with in-store pharmacies under the Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw's, ACME, Tom Thumb, Randalls, Pavilions, Star Market and Carrs banners.
Kroger is developing a $60 million distribution center in Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Business Courier reported Tuesday. “More than 8.5 million customers shop in our stores every day and our goal is to always have our shelves stocked with the variety and selection our shoppers want,” stated Frank Bruni, VP supply chain and logistics, Kroger. “The new facility will help our logistics team to improve lead times and drive efficiencies for our stores and ultimately our customers.” (Cincinnati Business Courier)
Wall Street investors have faith that the Federal Trade Commission will approve Walgreens Boots Alliance’s proposed acquisition of Rite Aid — and that’s having a positive influence on Walgreens’ stock, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. WBA’s shares have been up 6% this year and up 19% over March 2016, which Morningstar analyst Vishnu Lekraj says is due to “investor optimism that they’re going to be able to close the Rite Aid transaction.” (Crain’s Chicago Business)
Walgreens reportedly is weighing whether or not to declare that its FTC application has "certified compliance," which would force the Federal Trade Commission to vote on its proposed acquisition of Rite Aid quickly.
Quri recently shared the results of its study examining the importance of continuous in-store merchandising execution data in helping health and beauty brands drive increased return on investment during awards season.
Costco is returning a much-coveted own-brand golf ball, the Costco Kirland Signature Performance One, to the shelves following approval by the U.S. Golf Association as of March 1, according to a report published by MyGolfSpy. The new ball replaces a previous Kirkland Performance ball that absolutely shook up the golf ball industry, Forbes reported Friday. Not only did those balls retail for just $15 per dozen, the balls performed well on the course, too. And when word got out to golf enthusiasts, Costco allegedly sold out. "With the excitement that this ball generated in its previous incarnation, it's almost a given that the demand will be similar when it does return," Forbes suggested. (Forbes)