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News and information on retail pharmacy chains, including chain drug stores, mass merchants, supermarkets and independent pharmacies.

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Walmart U.S. names Furner CEO

John Furner will take the reins of Walmart U.S. effective Nov. 1 from his current position as president and CEO of Sam's Club.

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Bartell Drugs opens new store in Seattle

Bartell Drugs' Belltown location is celebrating its grand opening Saturday, Oct. 19, with prizes, gifts, and savings.

The Vitamin Shoppe is opening a new store in Edgewater, N.J., with such interactive elements as on-demand digital product guides, enhanced mobile checkout, and an area to take a personalized health assessment

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H-E-B’s newest Houston location is growing the retailer’s footprint in the city’s inner loop.

MinuteClinic video visit on a cell phone

MinuteClinic video visits are now available in 32 states.

Giant Food announced the launch of Giant Delivers, formerly known as Peapod by Giant.

Walmart has rolled out a pilot of InHome Delivery, a service that delivers items directly to consumers' refrigerators.

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The grants are aimed at enabling children’s hospitals to further efforts focused on improving the health of children in the communities where Rite Aid operates. 

Publix Super Markets is naming a new Atlanta division president as Joe DiBenedetto, who has been with Publix for 44 years, plans his retirement at the end of the year

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The Camp Hill, Pa.-based retailer has named a new COO, with Bryan Everett stepping down to pursue other opportunities.

Giant Food Stores is expanding its Giant Choice Rewards loyalty program to all stores.

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Following a product alert from the Food and Drug Administration, CVS Pharmacy has halted sales of Zantac and its store-brand ranitidine products.

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As American Pharmacists Month kicks off, Walgreens is recognizing the roughly 75,000 pharmacists and pharmacy technicians it employs for their work in health and patient care.

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Amazon is reportedly preparing to open more than 12 grocery stores in greater Los Angeles.

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Starting in November, Walgreens will partner with FedEx to accept returns at its stores of purchases made from any e-tailer that has implemented FedEx returns technology.

Rite Aid reported a net loss of $78.7 million, or $1.48 per share, and adjusted net income of $6.3 million, or 12 cents per share.

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Walgreens is acquiring nine of Novant Health’s retail pharmacies and the North Carolina-based health system will be opening clinics inside Walgreens stores. 

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Postmates will be delivering hundreds of OTC, health, beauty and grocery products from 174 Walgreens and Duane Reade locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn. 

Sam’s Club is launching the Sam’s Club Care Accelerator Together with Humana program in early October in three states.

Walgreens and Wing Drone Delivery

Walgreens and Alphabet’s Wing Aviation are partnering to make drone delivery of items from Walgreens stores a reality. Starting next month, consumers in Christiansburg, Va., will be able to order items from Walgreens using the Wing app for delivery within minutes via drone.

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The Midwest discounter is implementing the Dematic microfulfillment solution, which is designed to help retailers address consumer demand for rapid online order fulfillment in a small footprint.

Walgreens Find Care has added the Philips SmartSleep Analyzer, one of the latest SmartSleep solutions, to the platform, which it said will allow users to identify potential causes of their sleep issues and connect with guidance and solutions.

Walmart is preparing associates to fill healthcare roles across Walmart and Sam's Club via its Live Better U education benefit program.

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Albertsons’ move to recycled prescription bags will save more than 5,000 trees each year, the company said.

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Hy-Vee has temporarily stopped selling OTC Zantac and Topcare brand ranitidine products, following an FDA alert that these products contain a probable human carcinogen.

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Costco Wholesale reported sales that missed the Street amid fierce competition to attract shoppers in the grocery space, but its earnings topped expectations. 

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