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August 20, 2013

Weis Markets announced it has expanded its Weis Online Shopping service to eight New Jersey and Pennsylvania locations, bringing the convenience of online grocery orders with store pick-up to the Delaware Valley.

SUNBURY, Pa. — Weis Markets on Monday announced it has expanded its Weis Online Shopping service to eight New Jersey and Pennsylvania locations, bringing the convenience of online grocery orders with store pick-up to the Delaware Valley. 

It's a prime example of how more retailers are looking to compete in the omnichannel arena, where shoppers are treated to a where-they-want, what-they-want, when-they-want buying experience. 

August 15, 2013

Research by Mintel shared on Thursday reveals how parents across the country are trying to save on items for the back-to-school shopping season.

CHICAGO — Research by Mintel shared on Thursday reveals how parents across the country are trying to save on items for the back-to-school shopping season.

Some of the key trends Mintel found were:

August 14, 2013

99 Cents Only stores announced on Monday Stéphane Gonthier as the company's new president and CEO. Gonthier is leaving Dollarama, where he was COO since September 2007.

CITY OF COMMERCE, Calif. — 99 Cents Only stores announced on Monday Stéphane Gonthier as the company's new president and CEO. Gonthier is leaving Dollarama, where he was COO since September 2007.

Gonthier’s appointment is expected to become effective in the next 60 days. Interim CEO Richard Anicetti, a successful food retailing executive, will return to his role solely as a member of the board.

August 8, 2013

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores' Total Store Expo brings together vendors and retailers across the entire store — pharmacy, OTC, beauty, consumables and general merchandise — and the supply chain executives who get the goods to market. As the industry converges on Las Vegas for this game-changing show, DSN talks to four leading futurists about what the drug store of tomorrow will look like.

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores' Total Store Expo brings together vendors and retailers across the entire store — pharmacy, OTC, beauty, consumables and general merchandise — and the supply chain executives who get the goods to market. As the industry converges on Las Vegas for this game-changing show, DSN talks to four leading futurists about what the drug store of tomorrow will look like.

Pharmacy, health & wellness

August 8, 2013

Fred's posted a boost in sales for both the month of July and the second quarter, and noted that pharmacy experienced both comparable sales and scripts increases for the second-consecutive month.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred's posted a boost in sales for both the month of July and the second quarter, and noted that pharmacy experienced both comparable sales and scripts increases for the second-consecutive month.

Fred's total sales for the month increased 4% to $142.2 million from $136.8 million in the year-ago period. Same-store sales for the month increased 2.5% on top of an increase of 1.2% in the same period last year.

July 29, 2013

Walgreens and Duane Reade are testing a new mobile shopping system at stores in New York that help shoppers make choices by providing relevant product information from a network of friends and experts and then sending them "perks" they can redeem at checkout. The system combines the respective mobile platforms of Pretty in my Pocket and Sparkfly, and L'Oreal Paris has signed on as the first brand partner.

As retail industry futurist Doug Stephens recently told Drug Store News in an interview for an article in the Aug. 12 issue of the magazine about the future of retail pharmacy, younger consumers are "conditioned to understand that they can have whatever they want, whenever they want it, wherever they happen to be."

Walgreens and Duane Reade are testing a new mobile shopping system at stores in New York that helps shoppers make choices by providing relevant product information from a network of friends and experts and then sending them "perks" they can redeem at checkout. The system combines the respective mobile platforms of Pretty in my Pocket and Sparkfly, and L'Oréal Paris has signed on as the first brand partner.

July 25, 2013

Results of the survey indicate that 68% of consumers plan to spend up to $500 this back-to-school shopping season compared with 63% in 2012 and 48% in 2011. Additionally, 17% of respondents plan to spend between $500 and $1,000, and 15% of shoppers said they have no back-to-school shopping budget this year.

LOS ANGELES — PriceGrabber released today the results of its first 2013 Back-to-School shopping survey. Results of the survey indicate that 68% of consumers plan to spend up to $500 this back-to-school shopping season compared with 3% in 2012 and 48% in 2011. Additionally, 17% of respondents plan to spend between $500 and $1,000, and 15% of shoppers said they have no back-to-school shopping budget this year. Conducted from June 17 to July 8, 2013, the survey includes responses from 2,191 U.S. online shopping consumers.

July 18, 2013

99 Cents Only Stores posted a net sales increase of 8.9% to $1.7 billion for fiscal 2013.

CITY OF COMMERCE, Calif. — 99 Cents Only Stores on Wednesday posted a net sales increase of 8.9% to $1.7 billion for fiscal 2013.  Same-store sales, calculated on a comparable 52-week period, increased 4.3%.  

During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013, the dollar store operator opened seven stores in California and now operates 316 stores, an increase of 6% in store count over last year. 

July 18, 2013

More than one-third of U.S. consumers say they're likely to spend more during the back-to-school season this year, according to a study.

NEW YORK — More than one-third of U.S. consumers say they're likely to spend more during the back-to-school season this year, according to a study.

July 12, 2013

Coca-Cola Co. strategists and design teams are aggressively pursuing innovative retail concepts and hatching new merchandising strategies in collaboration with retail and restaurant partners.

Coca-Cola Co. strategists and design teams are aggressively pursuing innovative retail concepts and hatching new merchandising strategies in collaboration with retail and restaurant partners.

The scene of this cutting-edge collaboration is its Shopper Experience Innovation Center in Atlanta. The center includes high-tech video tracking and communications technology, along with two large-scale spaces that can rapidly be transformed to resemble a whole range of realistic retail shopping environments.

July 12, 2013

You can call it "taking the store out of the store." Whatever you call it, it's certainly another example of how routine the shattering of retail paradigms has become as retailers — online, brick-and-mortar and everything in between — find new ways to connect with consumers.

You can call it "taking the store out of the store." Whatever you call it, it's certainly another example of how routine the shattering of retail paradigms has become as retailers — online, brick-and-mortar and everything in between — find new ways to connect with consumers.

July 10, 2013

Family Dollar Stores on Wednesday reported a net sales increase of 9% to $2.6 billion for third quarter ended June 1, reaching the upper end of the discount chain's guidance. Comparable store sales in the quarter increased 2.9%.

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Family Dollar Stores on Wednesday reported a net sales increase of 9% to $2.6 billion for third quarter ended June 1, reaching the upper end of the discount chain's guidance. Comparable store sales in the quarter increased 2.9%.

Family Dollar attributed the increase in comparable store sales to an increase in the average customer transaction value and higher customer traffic. Sales were strongest in the consumables category, which increased 14.8% during the quarter, driven primarily by strong growth in food, health and beauty aids and tobacco. 

July 1, 2013

Target is opening two more stores next year, the mass merchandise retail chain said.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target is opening two more stores next year, the mass merchandise retail chain said.

The company announced Friday that it would open a store in San Jose, Calif., in March 2014, and also announced Monday it would open a store in Spokane, Wash., in July 2014.

The announcement of the store openings follows the announcement last week of two additional March 2014 store openings, in Fresno and Rocklin, Calif. The Fresno and San Jose stores will be 140,000 sq. ft., while the Rocklin store will be 136,000 sq. ft, and the Spokane store will be 135,000 sq. ft.

June 25, 2013

Tyco Integrated Security on Tuesday announced it has teamed up with Perrigo Nutritionals to develop a theft-resistant infant formula container.

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Tyco Integrated Security on Tuesday announced it has teamed up with Perrigo Nutritionals to develop a theft-resistant infant formula container. Baby formula frequently tops the list as one of the most commonly stolen products, and according to last year’s National Retail Security Survey results conducted by the University of Florida, the supermarket and grocery industry had the highest total shrinkage percentages of all retail segments.

June 10, 2013

Funky Monkey last week announced it has gained distribution at nearly all Walmart supercenters and Walmart discount stores in the United States for its dried fruit snacks.

 FISHERS, Ind. — Funky Monkey Snacks last week announced it has gained distribution at nearly all Walmart supercenters and Walmart discount stores in the United States. By early June, Funky Monkey Snacks varieties Bananamon and Carnaval Mix could be found in the dried fruit section of the Walmart snack food aisle at more than 3,700 stores.

Made of 100% real fruit, the crunchy snacks are nutritionally equivalent to their fresh counterparts, the company noted, and contain no added sugar, preservatives, colors or flavors.

June 3, 2013

Integration of social and mobile media, as well as shipping options and flexible returns, can drive brand loyalty as consumers seek out more choices and convenience when shopping online, according to a new study.

ATLANTA — Integration of social and mobile media, as well as shipping options and flexible returns, can drive brand loyalty as consumers seek out more choices and convenience when shopping online, according to a new study.

May 23, 2013

A recent study conducted by The Integer Group and M/A/R/C Research, and unvelied in the latest issue of The Checkout, found 16% of Hispanic shoppers use their mobile device to make purchases, compared with just 12% of general market shoppers.

DENVER — A recent study conducted by The Integer Group and M/A/R/C Research, and unvelied in the latest issue of The Checkout, found 16% of Hispanic shoppers use their mobile device to make purchases, compared with just 12% of general market shoppers.

May 22, 2013

Swirl launched a new software platform specifically designed to attract and influence in-store shoppers with micro-targeted digital content and real-time, personalized offers delivered to consumers' smartphones while they shop.

BOSTON — Swirl today launched a new software platform specifically designed to attract and influence in-store shoppers with micro-targeted digital content and real-time, personalized offers delivered to consumers' smartphones while they shop.

May 21, 2013

Cosmoprof North America has announced the first-ever "TV Shopping Open-See" at the upcoming conference in Las Vegas in July.

LAS VEGAS — Cosmoprof North America will feature the first-ever "TV Shopping Open-See" at the upcoming conference in Las Vegas in July.

The beauty industry is a constant when it comes to innovation, trends and consumer demand. The objective of every brand is to partner with a retailer, especially one who connects with a wide range of consumers through the television. Home shopping channels, such as QVC and Canada’s The Shopping Channel, connect with millions of consumers who watch and shop from the privacy of their homes, CPNA stated.

May 14, 2013

Aisle411, a mobile retail navigation service, announced that its mobile shopping and searchable store maps smartphone app is available to use within more than 12,000 retail stores throughout the United States.

ST. LOUIS — Aisle411, a mobile retail navigation service, on Tuesday announced that its mobile shopping and searchable store maps smartphone app is available to use within more than 12,000 retail stores throughout the United States. 

May 3, 2013

Jobs data from the Department of Labor released Friday show that among the 165,000 jobs added overall were 29,000 in the retail sector, results that industry trade group the National Retail Federation heralded as possibly boding well for the economy in the future.

While the numbers themselves speak volumes, it's important to consider some of the factors behind them that explain why the sector has thrived.

Jobs data from the Department of Labor released Friday show that among the 165,000 jobs added overall were 29,000 in the retail sector, results that industry trade group the National Retail Federation heralded as possibly boding well for the economy in the future.

While the numbers themselves speak volumes, it's important to consider some of the factors behind them that explain why the sector has thrived.

April 30, 2013

Family Dollar Stores on Monday announced Charles Gibson, EVP supply chain, will leave the company to pursue other interests effective April 30.

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Family Dollar Stores on Monday announced Charles Gibson, EVP supply chain, will leave the company to pursue other interests effective April 30.

“Charlie has overseen the growth and development of our supply chain network and has been a valued part of our team,” stated Howard Levine, Family Dollar chairman and CEO. “We appreciate the contributions Charlie has made to the company’s success, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

April 21, 2013

According to research, ownership of smartphones and tablets in particular have grown rapidly over the past couple of years, and that has created a multi-headed omnichannel hydra of a customer who retailers across all channels are desperately trying to appease.

According to research, ownership of smartphones and tablets in particular have grown rapidly over the past couple of years, and that has created a multi-headed omnichannel hydra of a customer who retailers across all channels are desperately trying to appease.

April 15, 2013

If any proof was needed of the importance of omnichannel, it can be seen in a new survey of U.S. consumers.

NEW YORK — If any proof was needed of the importance of omnichannel, it can be seen in a new survey of U.S. consumers.

April 1, 2013

Walmart customers will enjoy a cool reason to shop at the mass merchandise company this summer as Mini Melts ice cream automated kiosks rollout nationwide.

PHILADELPHIA — Walmart customers will enjoy a cool reason to shop at the mass merchandise company this summer as Mini Melts ice cream automated kiosks rollout nationwide.

"We are grateful for the opportunity to serve Walmart customers throughout the United States, by not only providing a premium ice cream product, but by doing so consistently with Walmart's low-price philosophy," said Dan Kilcoyne, president of Mini Melts USA.