January 29, 2013

Ahold USA last week announced that Mark McGowan has been appointed as EVP merchandising. He will lead a merchandising team that supports Ahold USA and its four divisions.

January 29, 2013

This year's virulent flu season driven by a predominant H3N2 bug has people hitting their drug stores in droves in search of symptomatic relief, suggested an article published online by Forbes.

January 29, 2013

Sanofi announced today that Auvi-Q (epinephrine injection, USP) is now available in U.S. retail pharmacies nationwide with a prescription from a healthcare provider.

January 28, 2013

99¢ Only Stores last week announced that Richard Anicetti has assumed the role of interim CEO.

January 28, 2013

Meijer's digital coupon program has reached 1 million subscribers, the mass merchandise chain said.

January 28, 2013

Retail industry sales (which exclude automobiles, gas stations and restaurants) will increase 3.4%, down slightly from 4.2% in 2012 and 5.8% in 2011, according to the National Retail Federation’s 2013 economic forecast.

January 28, 2013

YouGov's BrandIndex has named 25 brands to its "2012 Annual US Top Buzz Rankings," YouGov said.

January 28, 2013

Target will dedicate about 10,000 sq. ft. at nine of its stores in the Detroit area to fresh groceries, the mass merchandise chain said Monday.

January 25, 2013

Students at an Ohio pharmacy school are taking part in a nationwide effort to boost medication adherence.

January 25, 2013

Pop singer Katy Perry will leave her mark on the newest flavor from snack brand Popchips, the company said.

January 25, 2013

Walmart recently announced that it would source $50 billion of the products sold in its stores in the United States over the next 10 years, according to a report in USA Today.

"Be American; buy American" has long been a slogan that makes buying U.S.-made goods sound nothing less than patriotic because it helps create American jobs, much like CVS' initiatives to create jobs for veterans, and the recent Made-in-USA fervor around the country has more than demonstrated that. But there are practical reasons for sourcing domestically as well, making it high time for retailers to start looking into putting more products with the "Made in USA" label on their shelves.

January 24, 2013

Supervalu's Jewel-Osco on Wednesday announced that they will celebrate Black History Month with the company's 14th annual "A Taste of Black History" program, which honors the contributions and achievements of the retailer's African-American vendor partners.

January 24, 2013

Pampers, part of Procter & Gamble, is expanding its line of Swaddlers diapers, the company announced this week.

January 24, 2013

Rite Aid has raised nearly $600,000 for a United Way chapter in Pennsylvania, the retail pharmacy chain said.

January 23, 2013

Five pharmacies dominated prescription drug dispensing revenues in the United States last year, according to a new study.

January 22, 2013

More than 80% of Americans are willing to pay more for Made in the USA products, according to a USA Today report published online late Monday night.

January 22, 2013

A customer of Giant Food of Landover, Md., received $7,800 in Giant gift cards after winning an online sweepstakes, the Ahold banner said.

January 21, 2013

A supermarket chain in the Washington area is marking Inauguration Day by donating lunches to the police officers assigned to guard it.

January 21, 2013

Kroger on Friday declared a quarterly dividend of 15¢ per share to be paid on March 1, 2013, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on Feb. 15, 2013.

January 21, 2013

Sam's Club has hired cookbook author Katie Workman to recommend simple and healthy foods to influence people to eat better, the club retailer said Monday.

January 21, 2013

Glenn Kraiss, retired EVP store operations for Walgreens, died Jan. 18 at age 79. His career with Walgreens spanned 50 years to his retirement in 1999.

January 18, 2013

Costco has entered the pharmacy benefit management business, according to published reports.

January 18, 2013

Costco announced in its January 2013 magazine that it would begin offering pharmacy benefit management services, targeting small businesses and highlighting a 200-employee company based in Washington state.

It remains to be seen whether the club retailer's efforts to compete with the existing PBM businesses of companies like CVS Caremark, Walgreens and Walmart will be successful, and analysts like Citi's Deborah Weinswig appear skeptical that they will. But whatever the outcome, it's clear that Costco is looking to compete in a bigger way.

January 18, 2013

Ahold reported sales of $10.4 billion for fourth quarter 2012 and $43.6 billion for the entire fiscal year, the company said in an earnings report.