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Walgreens Decreases Sales In July

Walgreens experiences slightly fewer sales in July 2012 compared with July 2011. Walgreens announced a 3.7% decrease in July sales from the same month in fiscal 2011. The company reported sales of $5.59 billion in July 2012 compared with the $5.81 billion from July 2011. Compared with prior months during this calendar year, July sales

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AWMA & Merchants Grocery Co. Host FDA Plant Tour

Merchants Grocery Co. plant tour aims to help FDA better understand the distributor’s role in the tobacco distribution process. A group of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulators visited AWMA member Merchants Grocery Co. in Culpeper, Va., on Wednesday, July 18, and viewed the company’s tobacco processing operation at the invitation of AWMA and Merchants. 

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Walgreens Hosts Summit On Disability Employment

Walgreens’ new goal is to fill 20% of its distribution center jobs with people with disabilities. Top-level executives from more than a dozen major U.S. companies joined with government officials to launch a nationwide public-private sector initiative to advance employment of people with disabilities. The companies and officials plan to work together to achieve common

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Quick And Over The Counter

Lil’ Drug Store Products now offers EZ OTC for convenience store retailers. There are 20 tablets in the convenience-sized package. The over-the-counter products can be sold for a suggested retail price of $3.99. EZ OTC has the value of private label from one vendor, and comes with one box size and one price point. The

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CVS Creates Summer Fuel Perks

CVS lets drivers save up to $50 on high gas prices this summer at ExxonMobil or Shell stations CVS/pharmacy plans to give members of its ExtraCare program free gas cards throughout the season with its “Earn Free Gas” promotion. The program will allow more than 69 million active cardholders to earn up to five $10

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A Gift for All Seasons

The prepaid market is booming as retailers begin to capitalize on seasonal opportunities and serving the underbanked. By John Lofstock, Editor. The gift card market is rosy and analysts are poised for another strong year in 2012. In 2011, 80% of consumers planned on buying gift cards for the holiday season, up from 2010, and

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Lil’ Drug Store Products Wins Award

Lil’ Drug Store Products Inc. reinforces its local commitment and leadership with “Here’s to Your Health” program for employees. Lil’ Drug Store Products Inc. (LDSP), a multinational company that pioneered the non-prescription drug market and revolutionized health and beauty care in the convenience, grocery, drug, and mass market retailing sectors, has received recognition for promoting

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Walgreens’ February Sales Increase 1.5%

Walgreens opened 10 stores during February, including one relocation, and acquired one. Walgreens had February sales of $5.86 billion, an increase of 1.5% from $5.77 billion for the same month in fiscal 2011. This year’s total February sales benefited from one extra day because of leap year. All comparable store sales and prescription figures below

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Royal Buying Group Receives 2011 Best of Business Award

 “We are honored to receive recognition for the hard work and dedication of all of our staff here at RBG,” says RBG CEO. Royal Buying Group Inc. (RBG) has been selected for the 2011 Best of Business Awards by the Small Business Commerce Association (SBCA Community).  The Royal Buying Group was also privileged to have

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Walgreens is Adding Charging Stations To 800 Stores

Walgreen Co. continues to grow its electric-vehicle charging station program, which helps to boost U.S. energy initiatives. Walgreen Co. is expanding its electric-vehicle charging station program at some 800 of its 7,733 stores by the end of 2011, MarketWatch reported. The drugstore chain operator began its charging station program late last year, as electricity producer

Shop ’n Save Acquires Rinderer’s Drug Stores

SHOP ‘N SAVE, a grocery and drug retailer serving the St. Louis metropolitan area and Springfield, Ill., is expanding its network of pharmacies with the purchase of Rinderer’s Drug Stores Inc., a family-owned company that has served the metro area for generations. The sale involves all six Rinderer’s stores. Next month, three of the locations

Rite Aid Partners With Save-A-Lot

Rite Aid Corp. plans to add discount Save-A-Lot groceries to 10 of its stores in and around Greenville, S.C., as it tests out a partnership with Supervalu Inc., the Associated Press reported. The stores are set to be remodeled by October, and renamed Save-A-Lot Food Stores/Rite Aid Pharmacy. Rite Aid will own and operate the

CVS To Compete For Redbox Customers

Watch out c-stores, CVS is vying for movie rental customers. The drug store chain is rolling out fully-automated Redbox DVD rental kiosks at locations nationwide, including in Puerto Rico and Longs Drug locations in Hawaii. The national rollout, which comes on the heels of a successful pilot program at select CVS/pharmacy locations, is set to

Rite Aid Reports Sales Dip for July

Drug store chain Rite Aid Corp. has announced that for the four weeks ended July 24, 2010, same store sales decreased 1.1% over the prior-year period. Its July front-end same stores sales decreased 0.5%, while total drugstore sales for the four-week period decreased 2.2% to $1.886 billion, compared to $1.929 billion for the same period

Walgreens Tests Fresh Food

Walgreens is venturing into convenience store territory as it begins to conduct a test of chilled foods at 12 of its stores this fall, feeling out its ability to thrive in the growing fresh foods market, the Wall Street Journal reported. Walgreen spokeswoman Tiffani Washington confirmed the test noting the fresh food initiative could help

Walgreens Moves Forward With Duane Reade Acquisition

Walgreen Co. has received the regulatory clearance from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission needed to complete the acquisition of Duane Reade Holdings Inc. “We’re clear to move forward and complete the Duane Reade acquisition, which will immediately give Walgreens a leading position in the nation’s largest drugstore market,” said Walgreens president and CEO Greg Wasson.

Real Estate and the Retail Industry

Colliers International, a global real estate services firm, issued its 2010 Retail Trends and Opportunities report showing that retail vacancies will stabilize in many markets this year, but new retail construction has virtually disappeared and lease rates have dropped 25-40% from peak levels. Challenges abound in the retail marketplace, and we’ll witness more retail failures,

Rite Aid Stores Now Accept EBT Cards/Food Stamps

Drug store chain Rite Aid is now accepting EBT (electronic benefit transfer) cards/food stamps provided through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), at its stores nationwide. More than 38 million Americans received food assistance through SNAP last year, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program,

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