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

Publix expands COVID-19 vaccination distribution to South Carolina

Publix will begin distributing the COVID-19 vaccine at 42 of its pharmacies across South Carolina to eligible individuals.

Sephora to implement changes addressing racially biased experiences

Sephora is making changes to aid in mitigating the racially biased and unfair treatment of shoppers in the retail sector.

Choice Pass, available to Giant Direct and Martin’s Direct customers, offers unlimited free delivery and pickup for $98 a year.

CVS Health is offering the Symphony medical alert system, a collection of in-home and wearable devices that can monitor room temperature and older adults for falls and motion, as well as provide a 24/7 emergency response.

Walgreens is launching credit cards and prepaid debit cards in partnership with Synchrony and Mastercard.

Publix will provide the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible residents in Georgia at 108 of its pharmacies.

Hy-Vee storefront.

Hy-Vee customers who take COVID-19 antibody testing at more than 250 of its pharmacy locations will receive results in 15 minutes.

Lore, whose Jet.com was acquired for $3.3 billion by Walmart in 2016, has been with the retailer for the past four years, building out its e-commerce capabilities. 

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores said that retail pharmacies can meet the demand for 100 million COVID-19 vaccines in one month.

Meijer will distribute initial doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in Michigan at a select number of stores in Wayne county to those ages 65 years old and older.

Ahold Delhaize’s chief human resources officer, Abbe Luersman, will leave the company, effective April 30.

Publix will begin administering doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to eligible individuals in Florida’s Collier, Flagler, St. Johns and Volusia counties.

Target’s comparable sales in the combined November to December period grew 17.2%, while digital sales grew 102% and sales were driven by a 4.3% increase in traffic.

A healthcare worker putting on gloves.

CVS Health and Walgreens said they expect to complete the administration of COVID-19 vaccines in skilled long-term care facilities nationwide by Jan. 25.

The company is selling Alliance Healthcare to AmerisourceBergen for $6.5 billion in a cash-and-stock transaction comprised of $6.3 billion in cash and 2 million shares of AmerisourceBergen common stock. 

Kroger Health’s president spoke with The Wall Street Journal about how it is getting only a small number of COVID-19 vaccine doses, a fraction of what it has the ability to handle.

Albertsons’ same-store sales were up 12.3%, digital sales exceeded 200% year-over-year growth and revenue was $15.4 billion for the quarter.

Though WBA swung to a loss for the quarter, solid revenue growth from Walgreens and progress on its strategic priorities buoyed the company in Q1.

Kinney Drugs exterior.

All New York Kinney Drugs pharmacies will receive initial doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to administer only to those age 75 years old and older.

The retailer’s HomeValet service, currently being tested by consumers in its hometown of Bentonville, Ark., allows Walmart to deliver orders directly to customers’ homes via temperature-controlled, powered smart boxes.

Schnucks storefront.

Money raised during Schnucks' Round Up at the Register campaign supports local programs and services, including helping to provide food, shelter, child care and job training, throughout the year.

CVS Health has named Laurie Havanec as chief people officer, succeeding Lisa Bisaccia who is retiring after 16 years.

Giant Food’s Cook-in-Bag meal solutions feature meat, seafood, poultry and pork entrees that come pre-seasoned or marinated in an oven-ready bag.

Michelle Peluso, previously senior vice president, digital sales and chief marketing officer at IBM, will join CVS Health as the company's first chief customer officer.

Publix will begin to distribute doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at 22 stores throughout the Citrus, Hernando and Marion communities.

Pharmacist preparing a vaccine.

Former Food and Drug Administration commissioner Scott Gottlieb is appearing on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” and in the pages of The Wall Street Journal to urge the government to use pharmacies to speed up COVID-19 vaccine delivery.

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