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April 14, 2014

Jewel-Osco has announced that Scott Hays has been named VP operations for the Chicagoland grocery store.

ITASCA, Ill. — Jewel-Osco has announced that Scott Hays has been named VP operations for the Chicagoland grocery store. 

Most recently a district manager with Albertsons LLC’s Southern division, Hays will lead the operations team to support Jewel-Osco’s marketing and merchandising initiatives, including the company’s upcoming remodels and opening their five newly acquired Dominick’s locations.

April 10, 2014

QuadMed, a provider of onsite, near site and shared site employer-sponsored health-and-wellness solutions, has appointed Sue Buettner as president, succeeding Tim Dickman, who is leaving the company.

SUSSEX, Wis. — QuadMed, a provider of onsite, near site and shared site employer-sponsored health-and-wellness solutions, has appointed Sue Buettner as president, succeeding Tim Dickman, who is leaving the company.

March 13, 2014

Beauty retailer Ulta Beauty posted double-digit sales gains for the fourth-quarter and a 9.5% boost in net income.

BOLINGBROOK, Ill. — Beauty retailer Ulta Beauty posted double-digit sales gains for the fourth-quarter and a 9.5% boost in net income.

March 7, 2014

New Albertson’s has acquired five Dominick’s locations and appointed Shane Sampson, currently president of the company’s Boston-based Shaw’s Division, as president of the Jewel-Osco division based in Chicago.

ITASCA, Ill. — New Albertson’s has acquired five Dominick’s locations and appointed Shane Sampson, currently president of the company’s Boston-based Shaw’s Division, as president of the Jewel-Osco division based in Chicago. 

Sampson fills the role that had been held by interim division president Jim Rice since January 2014.

Sampson’s first project highlights the company’s commitment to investing in Chicago: Remodeling and reopening five additional former Dominick’s locations.

February 27, 2014

Sears Holdings announced on Thursday that it narrowed its fourth-quarter loss and, during 2013, made process on its transformation.

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Sears Holdings announced on Thursday that it narrowed its fourth-quarter loss and, during 2013, made process on its transformation.

February 21, 2014

Not Your Mother’s hair care is starting off the year with a bang as it adds more than 10,000 new U.S. retail locations and nearly doubles its SKU count for 2014.

TAMPA, Fla. — Not Your Mother’s hair care is starting off the year with a bang as it adds more than 10,000 new U.S. retail locations and nearly doubles its SKU count for 2014.

The brand has expanded from approximately 15,000 U.S. retail locations to more than 25,000 in the first quarter of 2014.   

February 13, 2014

Sears has launched a new service powered by the chain’s Shop Your Way mobile app that enables customers to pick up their online purchases at any Sears store within five minutes of arrival.

CHICAGO — Sears has launched a new service powered by the chain’s Shop Your Way mobile app that enables customers to pick up their online purchases at any Sears store within five minutes of arrival.

The service allows members to pick up purchases without leaving their cars, hence its name: In-Vehicle Pickup,

February 5, 2014

Mark Panzer, president and CEO Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, will be leaving Pharmaca in pursuit of an opportunity at Sears Holding Company, DSN has learned.

BOULDER, Colo. — Mark Panzer, president and CEO Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, will be leaving Pharmaca in pursuit of an opportunity at Sears Holding Company, DSN has learned. 

Panzer will be in charge of pharmacy operations at Sears Holding and will direct the health and wellness initiatives across K-Mart pharmacy as SVP and president pharmacy. 

January 30, 2014

Walgreens announced that it is expanding its relationship with technology company Inovalon to implement its patient assessment tool and technology platform to support improvements in care, quality and risk score accuracy programs across more than 400 Healthcare Clinics at select Walgreens locations.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens announced on Thursday that it is expanding its relationship with technology company Inovalon to implement its patient assessment tool and technology platform to support improvements in care, quality and risk score accuracy programs across more than 400 Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens locations.

January 16, 2014

Pikato announced on Thursday the launch of its retail mobile marketing solution, which personalizes the customer shopping experience to increase consumer engagement and deliver measurable results. Sears and Kmart are the first companies to engage with the Pikato platform and have already seen mobile engagement rates soar 1,100%, according to Pikato.

TAMPA, Fla. — Pikato announced on Thursday the launch of its retail mobile marketing solution, which personalizes the customer shopping experience to increase consumer engagement and deliver measurable results. Sears and Kmart are the first companies to engage with the Pikato platform and have already seen mobile engagement rates soar 1,100%, according to Pikato.

January 15, 2014

Jewel-Osco president William Emmons is retiring less than a year after taking the helm at the grocery chain, which is now part of New Albertsons, according to a Chicago Tribune report.

CHICAGO — Jewel-Osco president William Emmons is retiring less than a year after taking the helm at the grocery chain, which is now part of New Albertsons Inc., according to a Chicago Tribune report.

January 10, 2014

Kmart's same-store sales have taken a tumble this quarter as its parent company says it is continuing to focus on transforming itself into a retailer focused on members of its loyalty card program.

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Kmart's same-store sales have taken a tumble this quarter as its parent company says it is continuing to focus on transforming itself into a retailer focused on members of its loyalty card program.

January 9, 2014

While Save-A-Lot is still the jewel in the crown of Supervalu, the chain has committed to investing into its retail supermarket banners with a makeover for all of the banners, a review of the planograms within those banners and private label.

MINNEAPOLIS — While Save-A-Lot is still the jewel in the crown of Supervalu, the chain has committed to investing into its retail supermarket banners with a makeover for all of the banners, a review of the planograms within those banners and private label. 

January 8, 2014

Sears Holdings is encouraging members of its loyalty card program to incorporate movement into their daily lives and stay fit with a new program, the retailer said.

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Sears Holdings is encouraging members of its loyalty card program to incorporate movement into their daily lives and stay fit with a new program, the retailer said.

Sears announced the launch of the FitStudio.com "Points for Progress" program, whereby members of the Shop Your Way loyalty card program can register for FitStudio.com, connect a fitness app or device and earn loyalty points through physical activity. Members who join the FitIn14 Challenge can early 5,000 points, equal to $5, for every 14 mi walked or run in 2014.

December 27, 2013

A national gay-rights organization has given Walgreens top marks for its practices related to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — A national gay-rights organization has given Walgreens top marks for its practices related to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

In its 2014 Corporate Equality Index, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation gave the Deerfield, Ill.-based retail pharmacy chain a "perfect" score of 100. 2014 is the ninth year that Walgreens has won a perfect score.

December 19, 2013

The purchase of as many as 10 Dominick's stores may be under consideration by independent grocery chains affiliated with the Centrella cooperative, Crain's Chicago Business reported Thursday, citing sources close to the deal.

CHICAGO — The purchase of as many as 10 Dominick's stores may be under consideration by independent grocery chains affiliated with the Centrella cooperative, Crain's Chicago Business reported Thursday, citing sources close to the deal. 

December 19, 2013

Sears Holdings has elected law firm executive Cesar Alvarez to its board of directors, the company, which owns the Sears and Kmart chains, announced.

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Sears Holdings has elected law firm executive Cesar Alvarez to its board of directors, the company, which owns the Sears and Kmart chains, announced.

Alvarez is co-chairman of the international law firm Greenburg Traurig, which he joined in 1973. Before his appointment as chairman, he served as executive chairman for more than three years and as its CEO for 13 years, starting in 1997.

December 11, 2013

Jewel-Osco, which is owned by New Albertsons, has completed 18 remodeled stores, which feature an expanded variety of the fresh produce, meat and seafood.

ITASCA, Ill. — Jewel-Osco, which is owned by New Albertsons, has completed 18 remodeled stores, which feature an expanded variety of the fresh produce, meat and seafood.  

December 6, 2013

Sears Holdings is spinning off its clothing business, the parent company of Kmart said.

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – Sears Holdings is spinning off its clothing business, the parent company of Kmart said Friday.

Sears said it had filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission to spin off Lands' End. The company hopes that separating the management of Sears Holdings and Lands' end will make it easier for the latter to pursue opportunities on its own.

December 4, 2013

Sears Holdings chairman and CEO Eddie Lampert has pared down his stake in the retailing company, according to a regulatory filing Tuesday.

NEW YORK — Sears Holdings chairman and CEO Eddie Lampert has pared down his stake in the retailing company, according to a regulatory filing Tuesday.

A Securities and Exchange Commission filing showed that Lampert reduced his stake in Sears Holdings to 48.4%, from a 55.4% stake reported in March. That leaves him with about 51.6 million shares in the company, whose stock was valued at $50.38 per share Wednesday morning on the NASDAQ, down from its opening price of $52.62.

December 2, 2013

Safeway on Monday announced it has reached a definitive agreement to sell 11 of its Dominick's stores in the Chicago metropolitan area in a cash and lease assumption transaction to Roundy's.

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway on Monday announced it has reached a definitive agreement to sell 11 of its Dominick's stores in the Chicago metropolitan area in a cash and lease assumption transaction to Roundy's. Roundy's will take possession of the stores during a transition period that will take place over the next two months.

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions. 

November 26, 2013

Kmart and Sears are offering free, two-day shipping to some members of the Shop Your Way program, parent company Sears Holdings said.

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Kmart and Sears are offering free, two-day shipping to some members of the Shop Your Way program, parent company Sears Holdings said.

The retailer is offering free, 90-day memberships in Shop Your Way Max for Black Friday, allowing members to take advantage of free two-day shipping on items sold at Sears.com, Kmart.com and ShopYourWay.com.

November 25, 2013

A report in the New York Post that Sears Holdings is looking to sell its Canadian division is false, the retailer said.

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — A report in the New York Post that Sears Holdings is looking to sell its Canadian division is false, the retailer said.

The Post reported that Sears Holdings chairman and CEO Eddie Lampert was talking with investment bankers at the possibility of selling Sears Canada.

November 21, 2013

Sears Holdings had sales of $8.3 billion in third quarter 2013, down $585 million compared with third quarter 2012, the parent company of the Kmart and Sears chains said Thursday.

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Sears Holdings had sales of $8.3 billion in third quarter 2013, down $585 million compared with third quarter 2012, the parent company of the Kmart and Sears chains said Thursday.

November 19, 2013

Kmart and Sears have launched a new app aimed at members of their loyalty card program, parent company Sears Holdings said Tuesday.

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Kmart and Sears have launched a new app aimed at members of their loyalty card program, parent company Sears Holdings said Tuesday.