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Dollar General to build new distribution center in Texas

BY Gisselle Gaitan

Goodlettsville, Tenn.-based, Dollar General has announced plans to build its 17th facility in its major distribution network. The company previously built its first center in San Antonio, Texas back in 2014 and celebrated the opening of a second location also within Texas in 2016.

In addition to opening this new location, the company also is looking to create 400 new jobs when at full capacity and serve 1,000 retail locations within Texas and the southeast. The structure itself is expected to be nearly 1,000,000 square feet, the company said.

“Dollar General is excited to expand our supply chain and distribution operations in the Lone Star state with today’s announcement,” Todd Vasos, chief executive officer at Dollar General, said. “This facility is expected to support Dollar General’s growing store count in Texas where we already operate more than 1,400 current locations and have complementary operations in San Antonio. We look forward to the facility helping better serve our customers with value and convenience, as well as creating career opportunities for approximately 400 future Dollar General employees. I would like to express my gratitude for our partnership with Texas Governor Greg Abbott, leadership in both Gregg County and the city of Longview and the Longview Economic Development Corporation, all of whom helped support this project.”

Dollar General currently has 15 distribution centers which are located in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas (San Antonio), Virginia and Wisconsin. The company’s 16th distribution center in Amsterdam, New York is currently under construction.

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Teva announces generic Reyataz capsules

BY Gisselle Gaitan

Teva has introduced its generic of Reyataz (atazanavir) capsules within the United States, the company announced. The drug is indicated to be used in combination with other antiretroviral agents for the treatment of HIV-1 infection for patients six years old and older who weigh at least 15 kg.

“The exclusive launch of our generic version of Reyataz marks our fifth generic product offering for the treatment of HIV-1 infection,” Brendan O’Grady, executive vice president, North America Commercial at Teva said. “Antiviral medications continue to be a focus for Teva Generics and this is an important addition to our portfolio.”

Reyataz had annual sales of approximately $402 million in the United States as of October 2017, according to IQVIA data. 

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Kroger reportedly expands Scan, Bag, Go to 400 stores

BY David Salazar

Cincinnati-based Kroger is looking to make shopping more seamless for customers at more of its stores, according to the Cincinnati Business Courier. The company will be bringing its Scan, Bag, Go offering to 400 stores in the New Year. 

The offering — which the report said was piloted over the past five years in Cincinnati and expanded to select Fry’s stores in Arizona — allows customers to walk through the store and scan their products with a provided scanner or the Kroger Scan, Bag, Go app, then pay at a self-checkout.

The effort is reportedly part of Kroger’s Restock Kroger plan, which is built around its growing digital offerings. Alongside its mid-December third-quarter results, Kroger noted that it had been building up its ClickList digital shopping offering — which recently added its 1,000th location supporting the service. The growth in digital services has been supported by the company’s 84.51˚, which uses data to create solutions to engage customers.

“As part of our Restock Kroger plan, we continually invest in redefining our customers' grocery shopping experiences by bringing online and offline seamlessly together through digital innovation,” Kroger chief digital officer Yael Cosset said when Kroger announced its Q3 earnings.  “Our customers tell us they want multiple ways to shop. We are committed to leveraging a combination of insights from 84.51˚, advanced technology and our digital platform to give our customers the ability to shop when and how they want to make their lives easier.”

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