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Report: Loblaws’ Galen Weston talks of pharmacists as nutritionists at shareholder meeting

BY Antoinette Alexander

BRAMPTON, Ontario — Canadian grocer Loblaw, which recently acquired pharmacy retailer Shoppers Drug Mart, is sharpening its focus on health and wellness, and envisions pharmacists one day serving as nutrition experts, according to a Financial Post article.

According to the article, Loblaw executive chairman Galen Weston outlined during the company’s shareholder meeting on Thursday the futures of the merged retailers as destinations for health and wellness.

That vision, according to the Financial Post, included pharmacists also serving as nutritionists who could provide “simple medical diagnostics and prescriptions.”

In fact, the health-and-wellness strategy was a key business rationale behind its acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart, former Shoppers Drug Mart chairman Holger Kluge, now a director of Loblaw’s board, reportedly said.

The article also noted that Loblaw is testing a “click-and-collect” grocery sales website later this year. The service will allow customers to buy products online and pick them up at three stores in Toronto.

 

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H-E-B to launch online delivery service

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN ANTONIO — H-E-B is moving toward offering an online-sales operation, according to a report published Wednesday in the San Antonio Business Journal

“It will be a world-class offering you’ll be very excited about,” Bob McCullough, H-E-B SVP manufacturing told the Journal, though he declined to offer any additional detail. The offering is expected to put them in competition to services like Amazon.com’s Prime Pantry and Google Shopping Express, the Journal noted. 

Also in the report, H-E-B is expected to open three new manufacturing plants in the coming years, including a milk-processing plant in Mexico and a U.S.-based snack-production facility. 

 

 

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Seattle to raise minimum wage to $15

BY Marianne Wilson

NEW YORK — Seattle Mayor Ed Murray on Thursday unveiled a plan to increase the city’s minimum wage to $15. Although Murray said the hike has broad support across local government, business and labor communities, the City Council still has to vote on the proposal.
 
Under Murray’s plan, businesses with fewer than 500 employees would have seven years to comply and larger businesses would have three years. Further increases would be tied to inflation.
   
The state of Washington already has the nation’s highest state minimum wage, at $9.32 an hour.

“Throughout this process, I’ve had two goals: to get Seattle’s low-wage workers to $15-per-hour while also supporting our employers, and to avoid a costly battle at the ballot box between competing initiatives,” Murray said in a statement. “We have a deal that I believe accomplishes both goals.”
 
In California, lawmakers are debating a proposal to raise the minimum wage to $13 an hour by 2017.

 

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