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Rite Aid sees sales rise across board for June

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Same-store sales at Rite Aid increased by 1.8% in June, the retail pharmacy chain said Thursday.

During the four-week period ended June 25, front-end sales were up 1.5% over the same period last year, while pharmacy sales increased by 1.9%, including a reduction of about 163 basis points due to new introductions of generic drugs.

Total drug store sales for the month increased 1% to $1.93 billion, compared with $1.91 billion in June 2010.

For the 17 weeks ended June 25, same-store sales increased by 1%, including a 0.4% increase in sales on the front end and a 1.3% increase in pharmacy sales. Total drug store sales increased 0.2%, to $8.29 billion, compared with $8.28 billion during the same period last year.

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‘Top-scanned’ items during GMDC conference revealed

BY Michael Johnsen

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Global Marketing Development Center’s 2011 General Merchandise Marketing Conference featured more than 300 items in the Showcase Plus display earlier this month, GMDC said Wednesday.

The Showcase Plus allowed suppliers to present 4-ft. inline sections, as well as individual retail items, to the 165 wholesale/retail members who were in attendance.

“The showcase is always a real treat and another great benefit of the GMDC conferences, and this year’s showcase was no exception,” said David Lowe, senior director of health and beauty care, general merchandise and seasonal imports at C&S Wholesale Grocers. “Having the opportunity to see the actual products and displays in person — and in some cases, talk to the supplier at the same time — was very helpful,” he said.

A “top-scanned” list was visible throughout the four-day event, and at the conclusion of the conference, GMDC announced the top 10 top-scanned items. Among those top-scanned items were a Duck Tape rolling display from ShurTech Brands, a handy baby products assortment from Irish company Clevamama Baby Products and Crayola Freez’R Pops from A. Aronson.

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Supervalu to boost Albertsons banner with zero-waste stores

BY Allison Cerra

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — As part of its commitment to greener operations, Supervalu announced plans to transition 40 Albertsons banner stores to zero-waste operations before the end of the fiscal year on Feb. 29, 2012.

Last November, two Albertsons stores achieved zero-waste classification, which was highlighted in Supervalu’s corporate responsibility report that was released Wednesday.

Zero-waste classification is achieved when stores divert at least 90% of all waste from landfills, Supervalu said.

"We are aggressively seeking ways to build on our sustainability achievements from this past year," said Andy Herring, Supervalu EVP real estate, market development and legal. "While this year’s [corporate social responsibility] report captures some of the excitement we shared in being the first food retailer to achieve zero waste in the United States at two of our California stores, we truly believe this is the tip of the iceberg for us."

"Our commitment to significantly increase the number of zero-waste stores is part of a long-term strategy for Supervalu to be a leader in the area of environmental sustainability," Herring added. "At the same time, we are committed to these projects because we’ve also seen that they make a positive financial impact on our business — a true win-win."

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