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NYT: The challenges of getting a product made in the U.S.A.

BY Gina Acosta

As manufacturers move some production abroad, others are determined to make their products in the United States, even when the costs are higher. (New York Times)

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Dollar General in 41-store acquisition

BY Marianne Wilson
Dollar General has purchased 41 former Walmart Express locations across 11 states in a move designed to allow the discounter to expand its fresh meat and produce offerings.
 
Dollar General said it expects to relocate 40 existing Dollar General stores into the purchased sites by October 2016. It will also enter one new market.
 
Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
 
“Dollar General is excited to add these locations to our existing store base. We look forward to the opportunity to better serve our customers in these communities by continuing to provide the convenience and value they expect from Dollar General,” said Todd Vasos, CEO, Dollar General, which operates 12, 719 stores in 43 states.
 
The stores will feature Dollar General’s updated “DG16 layout” with additional sales floor square feet, complete with expanded offerings such as fresh meat and produce. Dollar General also intends to operate the fueling stations in 37 of the 41 locations.
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Walgreens to shut down drugstore.com and Beauty.com

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. – Walgreens on Thursday announced the company will discontinue operations of drugstore.com and Beauty.com in favor of focusing on its core online property Walgreens.com.

"Over the past year, we have been focusing on building new omni-channel capabilities on Walgreens.com with initiatives that improved assortment and website user experiences, enhanced our digital coupon capabilities to provide more customer value and added digital tools into our stores to elevate our shopping experiences," the company stated in an email to Drug Store News. "Expanding on these efforts is an important part of our strategy."

Walgreens had acquired drugstore.com and Beauty.com in 2011. The digital properties helped Walgreens create new digital capabilities with a stronger digital commerce approach.

The shutdown is expected to be complete by the end of September.
 

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