Rite Aid unveils Halloween harvest
CAMP HILL, Pa. — From Halloween to harvest, Rite Aid has every part of fall covered. Whether they're hosting a monster bash, trick-or-treating across town or decorating for all of fall, customers don't have to look any further than Rite Aid for their costume, décor and party needs.
For example, Rite Aid's Halloween lineup includes individually-wrapped Hershey chocolate miniatures, 100-count bags of assorted Nestlé treats, 250-count mixed bags of Mars favorites or 315-count bags of Wrigley's confections, all perfect for classroom parties and trick-or-treaters. Looking to impress? Pick up full Snickers, M&Ms, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups or Butterfingers.
And Rite Aid is helping consumers transform their houses into the most frightfully delightful house on the block, inside and out. From animated jack-o-lanterns and haunted books to animal figures, Rite Aid has all of finishing touches for a haunted house.
And Rite Aid's fall décor includes wall art, faux floral arrangements, pumpkin, owl and scarecrow table tops and candles with seasonal scents. Artificial wreaths with sprays of leaves, sunflowers or berries are the perfect autumnal accent for any entryway or wall and doormats and hanging gourds with heartfelt greets will make guests feel welcome all season long.
Publix pilots curbside pickup
LAKELAND, Fla. — Beginning Sept. 28, Publix will begin testing curbside grocery pickup at two locations in Florida. In addition, Metro-Atlanta stores will begin testing curbside pickup by the end of this year.
“We’ve had great success with Publix Delivery powered by Instacart, and the demand for online grocery services has continued to grow,” stated Maria Brous, director of media and community relations, Publix. “So we’re excited to test Publix Curbside and learn more about how to best meet the evolving needs of our customers.”
Publix has been aggressively rolling out grocery delivery since July 2016. By the end of this year, Publix Delivery will be available from more than 90% of its stores, as the company remains committed to making this service available companywide.
For the curbside grocery pickup, customers will place their orders on publix.com/curbside and can choose curbside pickup or delivery at check out. Curbside orders will be shopped and carried to customers’ vehicles by Publix associates.
Albertsons to serve up dynamic consumer offer with Plated acquisition
BOISE, Idaho — The acquisiton of Plated by Albertsons on Wednesday reverberated across retail as Albertsons successfully incorporated two key customer-capture elements into their business model – a personalized product selection coupled with a subscription option – and at the same time helped accelerate adoption of a trending meal kit service offering.
Among the key projected outcomes of this deal is for Plated to become the first omnichannel meal kit offering with national scale.
“With Plated, we’ve found a partner who shares our commitment to delicious, affordable food; superior technology and innovation; and world class customer service," stated Bob Miller, Albertsons chairman and CEO. "We are excited to offer our customers more online options and fresh, quality ingredients along with distinctive recipes at their doorstep or through traditional shopping trips.”
“Joining Albertsons Companies presents an amazing opportunity to accelerate our positive impact on the future of food in America by making fresh, delicious food more widely available," commented Josh Hix, CEO Plated. "Albertsons Cos. is at the forefront of the changing food and grocery landscape with their customer obsession, their large national store footprint and their exciting plans for the future of the grocery store," he said. "As meal kits continue to gain traction in the marketplace, we believe the winning formula combines choice, flexibility, culinary expertise and the ability for customers to buy across channels–all of which we are now singularly positioned to deliver in collaboration with Albertsons Cos.”
Plated will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Albertsons, though the acquired company will continue to operate as a distinct consumer brand with its own leadership team led by Hix. The company will continue to be headquartered in New York, with fulfillment centers across the country.
Credit Suisse served as financial advisor to Albertsons.