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March 31, 2014

Consumer Reports has ranked Wegmans No. 1 in its list of supermarkets across the country with a score of 88, according to a report in USA Today published Thursday.

ARLINGTON, Va. — Consumer Reports has ranked Wegmans No. 1 in its list of supermarkets across the country with a score of 88, according to a report in USA Today published Thursday. Publix ranked No. 3 with a score of 85. Costco, Hy-Vee, Harris Teeter and H-E-B also made the top 10 list. 

Wegmans, along with Trader Joe's, was rated best among employee courtesy and checkout speed. 

March 31, 2014

CVS Caremark has announced that it will be the National Premier Sponsor of Easter Seals Walk With Me in 2014 — its ninth straight year.

CHICAGO — CVS Caremark has announced that it will be the National Premier Sponsor of Easter Seals Walk With Me in 2014 — its ninth straight year.

Demonstrating its continued commitment to children with disabilities and their families through the All Kids Can Program, CVS Caremark and thousands of its colleagues nationwide have raised nearly $10 million through Walk With Me to support local Easter Seals services throughout the years.

March 31, 2014

Lebhar-Friedman Publishing, in collaboration with Walgreens, on Friday announced the launch of Discover Beauty Within, the first exclusive, beauty publication for the mass retailer.

NEW YORK — Lebhar-Friedman Publishing, in collaboration with Walgreens, on Friday announced the launch of Discover Beauty Within, the first exclusive, beauty publication for the mass retailer. The quarterly publication will make its nationwide debut at the end of March at all Walgreens (except in Puerto Rico) and Duane Reade drug stores.

March 28, 2014

Looking to expand availability of his skin and eye care products, Dr. Fischer has announced the opening of a dedicated store on Amazon.

NEW YORK — Looking to expand availability of his skin and eye care products, Dr. Fischer has announced the opening of a dedicated store on Amazon.

Fischer manufactures and distributes to more than 30 countries worldwide a broad range of eye care products, including Dr. Fischer Eye-Care for babies and adults, along with such skin care products as sunscreens and other applications.

March 28, 2014

Safeway on Friday announced the expiration of the 21-day "go-shop" period pursuant to the terms of the previously announced definitive merger agreement under which AB Acquisition has agreed to acquire all outstanding shares of Safeway.

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway on Friday announced the expiration of the 21-day "go-shop" period pursuant to the terms of the previously announced definitive merger agreement under which AB Acquisition has agreed to acquire all outstanding shares of Safeway.

March 26, 2014

Celebrity beauty licensing company Boldface Group has named former Smashbox executive John LaBonty as president and CEO.

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Celebrity beauty licensing company Boldface Group has named former Smashbox executive John LaBonty as president and CEO.

March 26, 2014

CVS Caremark has been awarded a three-year contract to provide integrated PBM for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Government-wide Service Benefit Plan, also known as the Federal Employee Program.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark has been awarded a three-year contract to provide integrated PBM for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Government-wide Service Benefit Plan, also known as the Federal Employee Program.

March 21, 2014

Grocer A&P has named company COO Paul Hertz as president and CEO, effective immediately.

MONTVALE, N.J. — Grocer A&P has named company COO Paul Hertz as president and CEO, effective immediately.

Hertz succeeds Sam Martin. In January, A&P confirmed Martin’s departure. Martin, a former OfficeMax executive joined A&P as CEO in July 2010, succeeding Ron Marshall, who left the company after serving less than six months at the helm.

March 21, 2014

To help children achieve healthy smiles and avoid missing school days, Colgate has teamed up with Champions for Kids and Walmart for the Simple Giving campaign. As part of this partnership, Colgate has committed to donating $100,000 worth of oral care products to school districts across the Midwest during the 2014 school year.

NEW YORK — To help children achieve healthy smiles and avoid missing school days, Colgate has teamed up with Champions for Kids and Walmart for the Simple Giving campaign. As part of this partnership, Colgate has committed to donating $100,000 worth of oral care products to school districts across the Midwest during the 2014 school year.

March 21, 2014

Good things happen in small boxes. That's what Walmart is counting on with the introduction of its latest store concept — Walmart To Go. First the supercenter, then Neighborhood Market, then WalmartExpress and now Walmart to Go. The boxes just keep getting smaller.

But what if Walmart is on to something? What if tomorrow's definition of convenience is ubiquity? Then it makes a lot of sense to start filling in the gaps between the supercenters with smaller formats.

Good things happen in small boxes. That's what Walmart is counting on with the introduction of its latest store concept — Walmart to Go. First the supercenter, then Neighborhood Market, then WalmartExpress and now Walmart To Go. The boxes just keep getting smaller. (Check out photos of the new format.

March 20, 2014

Members of the board of directors of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Wednesday were elected at the association’s Annual Executive Conference at Amelia Island, Fla.

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. — Members of the board of directors of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Wednesday were elected at the association’s Annual Executive Conference. James Mackey, SVP U.S. Region Head, Merck Consumer Care, will continue to serve as chair for a second term.  

March 20, 2014

Johnson & Johnson on Wednesday named Ernesto Quinteros, recently of Belkin International, as its chief design officer.

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Johnson & Johnson on Wednesday named Ernesto Quinteros, recently of Belkin International, as its chief design officer. He will join the company May 5 and report to Sandi Peterson, group worldwide chairman. 

The chief design officer for Johnson & Johnson is a newly created role that expands the responsibility of the company’s Global Strategic Design Office beyond its consumer business origins to encompass the breadth of the company’s portfolio, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, consumer and health and wellness.

March 20, 2014

Supervalu on Thursday reorganized its operations in an effort to streamline the independent business organization.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Supervalu on Thursday reorganized its operations in an effort to streamline the independent business organization. As part of the new structure, Supervalu's independent business will consolidate from three regions to two regions, forming new East and West teams. The new East and West independent business regions will be located in Mechanicsville, Va., and Hopkins, Minn., respectively. 

To lead the new organizations, Supervalu has named Kevin Kemp president of the East region and Bill Chew president of the West region. 

March 19, 2014

Bi-Lo Holdings, parent company of Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, on Wednesday announced that on March 29 it will begin to rebrand 17 Sweetbay stores throughout much of the Tampa-St. Pete, Largo and Bradenton areas.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Bi-Lo Holdings, parent company of Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, on Wednesday announced that on March 29 it will begin to rebrand 17 Sweetbay stores throughout much of the Tampa-St. Pete, Largo and Bradenton areas.

March 19, 2014

Meijer is investing $146 million to purchase and remodel an existing Supervalu facility in Pleasant Prairie for a new distribution center, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced earlier this week.

MADISON, Wis. — Meijer is investing $146 million to purchase and remodel an existing Supervalu facility in Pleasant Prairie for a new distribution center, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced earlier this week. The 770,000-sq.-ft. facility, which will be located in the LakeView Corporate Park, is expected to serve stores in Wisconsin, Illinois and possibly other states.

March 19, 2014

Walmart this week opened its first small format convenience store branded as Walmart To Go in its hometown of Bentonville, Ark.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart this week opened its first small format convenience store branded as Walmart To Go in its hometown of Bentonville.

March 18, 2014

CVS/pharmacy is now providing ScripTalk talking prescription labels for prescriptions ordered for home delivery through its online pharmacy, the company has announced.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy is now providing ScripTalk talking prescription labels for prescriptions ordered for home delivery through its online pharmacy, the company has announced.

March 17, 2014

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Monday joined Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine in leading an effort to persuade the largest pharmacy chains in the United States to stop selling tobacco products.

NEW YORK — New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Monday joined Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine in leading an effort to persuade the largest pharmacy chains in the United States to stop selling tobacco products. Along with Schneiderman and DeWine, the Attorneys General of 28 states and territories have written to the CEOs of WalMart, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Safeway and Kroger, asking them to remove all tobacco products from their shelves. 

March 17, 2014

Canadian pharmacy retailer Rexall celebrated on Friday the opening of its newest drug store at Northgate Centre.

EDMONTON, Alberta — Canadian pharmacy retailer Rexall celebrated on Friday the opening of its newest drug store at Northgate Centre.

Attending the grand opening celebration was Paul Chidley, divisional VP of Rexall, Tony Caterina, councillor for the City of Edmonton, and Janice Sarich, MLA for Edmonton-Decore, as well as employees and members of the community. This marks the 24th Rexall location in the city of Edmonton.

March 14, 2014

Delhaize America, whose banners include Food Lion and Hannaford, posted an increase in fourth-quarter and full-year revenues as it completed the Food Lion phase roll out during the year.

BRUSSELS, Belgium — Delhaize America, whose banners include Food Lion and Hannaford, posted an increase in fourth-quarter and full-year revenues as it completed the Food Lion phase roll out during the year.

March 14, 2014

La Roche-Posay and Vichy Laboratoires, two skin care brands from the L’Oréal Group, have announced that their skin care collections will be available as part of Target’s new premium skin care offering.

MINNEAPOLIS — La Roche-Posay and Vichy Laboratoires, two skin care brands from the L’Oréal Group, have announced that their skin care collections will be available as part of Target’s new premium skin care offering.

March 13, 2014

Amazon is increasing the annual membership of its Amazon Prime service from $79 a year to $99. The online giant, which made the announcement on its homepage, had suggested last year that increased shipping costs would force it to raise the annual price of its premium membership.

NEW YORK — Amazon is increasing the annual membership of its Amazon Prime service from $79 a year to $99. The online giant, which made the announcement on its homepage, had suggested last year that increased shipping costs would force it to raise the annual price of its premium membership.

The price hike takes effective in seven says. Until then, customers can still sign up for the $79 rate. The increased fee will be charged when users renew their Prime memberships.

March 13, 2014

Target is celebrating on March 14 the official grand opening of its Toronto Stockyards store. This is its first from-the-ground-up build in Toronto, which marks a major milestone for the retailer as it continues its expansion across the country through 2014.

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — Target is celebrating on March 14 the official grand opening of its Toronto Stockyards store. This is its first from-the-ground-up build in Toronto, which marks a major milestone for the retailer as it continues its expansion across the country through 2014.

March 13, 2014

TriDerma, a provider in medical strength skin care products, has announced that its Facial Redness Repair and Psoriasis Control Skin Healing Creams are now available in California Target stores.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — TriDerma, a provider in medical strength skin care products, has announced that its Facial Redness Repair and Psoriasis Control Skin Healing Creams are now available in California Target stores.

March 13, 2014

Walmart, the Walmart Foundation and the United States Conference of Mayors have launched the $10 million Walmart U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Walmart, the Walmart Foundation and the United States Conference of Mayors have launched the $10 million Walmart U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund.

Eligible non-profit organizations can apply for grants of $100,000 or more, funded by the Walmart Foundation, to help create solutions to challenges many companies face with on-shoring and growing U.S. manufacturing.