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January 9, 2014

Family Dollar reported sales of $2.5 billion in first quarter 2014, a 3.2% increase over the same period last year, the dollar store chain said.

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Family Dollar reported sales of $2.5 billion in first quarter 2014, a 3.2% increase over the same period last year, the dollar store chain said Thursday.

For the 13-week quarter that ended Nov. 30, the chain said sales were strongest in refrigerated and frozen food, health aids and tobacco. Same-store sales during the quarter decreased by 2.8% due to fewer customer transactions and a slight decrease in average customer transaction value.

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

A New York-based distribution, merchandising and analytics firm has hired a former executive from Rite Aid and Duane Reade.

NEW YORK — A New York-based distribution, merchandising and analytics firm has hired a former executive from Rite Aid and Duane Reade.

L&R Distributors announced Wednesday the hiring of Mike Cirilli as VP category management and procurement. L&R distributes more than 30,000 general merchandise, health, beauty and cosmetics products, pointing more than 12,000 points of distribution across the supermarket, drug, independent and mass-merchandise channels.

January 8, 2014

InMarket is piloting its iBeacons offering in select Safeway and Giant Eagle stores beginning Tuesday, according to published reports.

SEATTLE — InMarket is piloting its iBeacons offering in select Safeway and Giant Eagle stores beginning Tuesday, according to published reports. 

The small, low-power Bluetooth transmitters work in tandem with iPhones running iOS 7 and is part of inMarket’s Mobile to Mortar program, which will deliver saving incentives to shoppers and increase sales for vendors. The iBeacons will be installed at the entry of each store. When the app detects an iBeacon at the entryway of a store, it will push a coupon or other discount to the customer’s phone.

January 8, 2014

The semi-retired CEO of Costco Wholesale has been named as the recipient of the top award from the National Retail Federation at the trade group's upcoming trade show this month, the NRF said.

NEW YORK — The semi-retired CEO of Costco Wholesale has been named as the recipient of the top award from the National Retail Federation at the trade group's upcoming trade show this month, the NRF said Wednesday.

Jim Sinegal, who stepped down as president CEO of the Issaquah, Wash.-based club retailer in 2012, after 29 years, but still plays an active role in the company and is a member of its board of directors, is scheduled to accept the NRF's Gold Medal Award for 2014 at Retail's BIG Show, which takes place from Jan. 12-15 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York.

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.

January 8, 2014

Walgreens is not only completely transforming its drug store business from a prescription medicine dispensary to healthcare provider, they're continuing to deliver shareholder value.

CHICAGO — Walgreens is not only completely transforming its drug store business from a prescription medicine dispensary to healthcare provider, they're continuing to deliver shareholder value. Since the chain implemented its "Plan to Win" strategy five years ago, kicking off Walgreens journey to reinvent and innovate the storied drug store chain for a new era of growth and value creation, Walgreens has delivered 145% in shareholder returns vs. the 118% return realized by the S&P 500 in the same period. 

January 7, 2014

At least two retailers in areas affected by record-low temperatures that have put much of the country under a deep freeze have seen a big spike in sales as consumers stock up on supplies, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — At least two retailers in areas affected by record-low temperatures that have put much of the country under a deep freeze have seen a big spike in sales as consumers stock up on supplies, according to published reports.

January 7, 2014

Walgreens' latest omnichannel offering features a partnership with TaskRabbit, an online mobile marketplace that will deliver OTC cold medicines anywhere within the 19 cities in which the service exists, according to a report published by Mashable on Monday.

CHICAGO — Walgreens' latest omnichannel offering features a partnership with TaskRabbit, an online mobile marketplace that will deliver OTC cold medicines anywhere within the 19 cities in which the service exists, according to a report published by Mashable on Monday. 

According to the report, the partnership runs this week through Feb. 18. The Walgreens OTC offering will be featured in TaskRabbit's iOS app's Task Wheel and on the TaskRabbit website.

January 6, 2014

Ahold USA has opened 120 pickup points for online orders as of the end of 2013, the supermarket operator said Monday.

CARLISLE, Pa. — Ahold USA has opened 120 pickup points for online orders as of the end of 2013, the supermarket operator said Monday.

Ahold, which hopes to triple its online food sales by 2016, said the opening of pickup points in the United States and Europe would be an important part of reaching that goal. Most of the pickup points in the United States are operated under the Stop & Shop, Giant Food of Landover, Md., and Giant Food Stores of Carlisle, Pa., banners. The 120 pickup points compare with only eight a year ago.

January 6, 2014

Rite Aid is stepping up its flu shot promotions as flu activity increases.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid is stepping up its flu shot promotions as flu activity increases.

The retail pharmacy chain said Monday that seasonal flu shots were still available at all its stores, and that people who have not received a shot this season should do so as soon as possible. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends flu shots for everyone aged 6 months and older.

January 6, 2014

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare and Walgreens teamed up to launch Sponsorship to Quit, a free online quit-smoking gamification program that smokers can personalize with customized tools and tips during their journey to quit.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare and Walgreens on Monday teamed up to launch Sponsorship to Quit, a free online quit-smoking gamification program that smokers can personalize with customized tools and tips during their journey to quit. 

January 6, 2014

InComm, a leading prepaid product and transaction services company, announced that six health plans across Arizona and Texas will be providing over-the-counter benefits through Medagate, InComm's healthcare platform.

ATLANTA — InComm, a leading prepaid product and transaction services company, on Monday announced that six health plans across Arizona and Texas will be providing over-the-counter benefits through Medagate, InComm's healthcare platform. 

January 6, 2014

A professor at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy has been named the first Rite Aid professor in community pharmacy, the school said.

ATHENS, Ga. — A professor at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy has been named the first Rite Aid professor in community pharmacy, the school said.

Beth Phillips, who took the new role on Dec. 1, joined the college's faculty in 2007, and the school said the professorship, its newest, includes a $250,000 endowment for salary support, research and teaching assistance and traveling expenses. Of the school's other endowed professorships, one also is sponsored by Kroger.

January 6, 2014

Walgreens reported December sales of $7.2 billion, an increase of 7.2%. Sales in comparable stores increased by 6.1% in December.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Monday reported December sales of $7.2 billion, an increase of 7.2%. Sales in comparable stores increased by 6.1% in December. Calendar day shifts positively impacted total comparable sales by 170 basis points, while generic drug introductions in the last 12 months negatively impacted total comparable sales by 70 basis points. December 2013 had one additional Tuesday and one fewer Saturday compared with December 2012. 

January 3, 2014

Rite Aid is providing prescriptions at no upfront cost to customers who have enrolled in the health insurance marketplaces, but have not received an ID number, the retail pharmacy chain said.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid is providing prescriptions at no upfront cost to customers who have enrolled in the health insurance marketplaces, but have not received an ID number, the retail pharmacy chain said.

The company said that during the month of January, it would dispense a 15- to 30-day supply of many medications to customers who bring in confirmation of their enrollment until their prescription coverage details are available. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, took full effect Wednesday.

January 3, 2014

Rite Aid reported a 2.9% increase in same-store sales for the month of December, the retail pharmacy chain said Friday.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid reported a 2.9% increase in same-store sales for the month of December, the retail pharmacy chain said Friday.

For the four-week period that ended Saturday, front-end same-store sales increased by 1%, while pharmacy same-store sales increased by 4.1%, including a 1% negative effect from the introduction of new generic drugs. Meanwhile, a decrease in sales of flu shots and prescription flu drugs resulted in a 2% decrease in same-store script count.

Total sales were $2.109 billion, an increase of 2.7% over December 2012.

January 3, 2014

Wheat Thins fans will get a new product to enjoy with the introduction of Wheat Thins Popped in March.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Wheat Thins fans will get a new product to enjoy with the introduction of Wheat Thins Popped. The snack will hit retailers nationwide beginning March. 

It will be the first popped whole grain snack with wheat as the first ingredient. Wheat Thins Popped has less than 130 calories per 27-piece serving and comes in three varieties: Original Sea Salt, Sour Cream and Onion and Spicy Cheddar. The snack will retail for $3.69
 

January 2, 2014

 NEW YORK — A story that appeared in the Dec. 21 edition of DSN AM, "Walgreens firing on all cylinders as chain realizes a total comp sales increase of 5.4% for its first quarter," incorrectly stated that Walgreens had administered an increase of 3.4% in flu shots in the first quarter. 

January 2, 2014

The Kroger Co. has joined the list of retailers offering supplies of prescription drugs at no upfront cost to customers who have enrolled in the health insurance marketplaces, but have yet to receive an identification number.

CINCINNATI — The Kroger Co. has joined the list of retailers offering supplies of prescription drugs at no upfront cost to customers who have enrolled in the health insurance marketplaces, but have yet to receive an identification number.

The company announced Thursday that it would offer up to a 30-day supply of certain prescription drugs to customers who provide confirmation of their enrollment at one of the retailer's pharmacies.

January 2, 2014

Patients who have enrolled in the new healthcare insurance marketplaces but haven't received an identification number from their insurers can receive up to a 30-day supply of prescription drugs at no upfront cost at Walgreens, the retail pharmacy chain said.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Patients who have enrolled in the new healthcare insurance marketplaces but haven't received an identification number from their insurers can receive up to a 30-day supply of prescription drugs at no upfront cost at Walgreens, the retail pharmacy chain said.

January 2, 2014

Walmart is offering prescriptions at no upfront cost to patients who enroll in the public health insurance marketplace, the mass-merchandise retailer said.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart is offering prescriptions at no upfront cost to patients who enroll in the public health insurance marketplace, the mass-merchandise retailer said.

December 30, 2013

Back to Nature Foods Company on Monday announced that it has acquired SnackWell's, a cookie and snack business, from Mondelez Global.

GREENWICH, Conn. — Back to Nature Foods Company on Monday announced that it has acquired SnackWell's, a cookie and snack business, from Mondelez Global. The terms and conditions of the deal were not disclosed.

December 30, 2013

Young musicians competed in the 18th annual Walgreens Youth National Solo Concerto Competition this weekend, ABC7Chicago reported Sunday.

CHICAGO — Young musicians competed in the 18th annual Walgreens Youth National Solo Concerto Competition this weekend, ABC7Chicago reported Sunday

The students were competing for scholarships to the Midwest Young Artists School and Camps and a feature as a soloist on the "From the Top" radio program.

December 30, 2013

Suitors for the remainder of Safeway's Dominick's stores in Chicago, which are now shuttering their doors, are beginning to come forward, according to a report published Saturday in the Chicago Sun-Times.

CHICAGO — Suitors for the remainder of Safeway's Dominick's stores in Chicago, which are now shuttering their doors, are beginning to come forward, according to a report published Saturday in the Chicago Sun-Times

Whole Foods has recently acquired six Dominick's stores, the Sun-Times reported, citing real estate sources. And Jewel may buy as many as 16 Dominick's locations.