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Report: Walmart puts greeters back in front

BY Gina Acosta

Walmart is moving its greeters back to the front of the store three years after the retailer moved them to the back.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the retailer is experimenting with moving the greeters back to the front of the store in part to deter theft. Walmart is testing the approach in several hundred of its 4,500 or so U.S. stores, the newspaper says.

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Kroger’s King Soopers extend organic, omnichannel reach

BY Marianne Wilson

CINCINATTI — Kroger’s King Soopers division is tapping into consumers’ growing appetite for food delivery and natural and organic products with a new digital initiative.

The company has launched a new website that offers over 36,000 natural and organic products for customers who live in and around the Denver metro area. Every product is free from more than 101 artificial ingredients and preservatives that many customers prefer to be left out of products.

"Increasingly, our customers are looking for more simple, convenient and relevant ways to shop, whether it's in-store, on our website or on their mobile devices," Russ Dispense, King Soopers president, said.

Kroger said the eCommerce website is the next step in its effort to make seamless, omnichannel shopping a reality.

The new website uses the technology platform and ship-to-home fulfillment network of Vitacost.com, one of the largest pure eCommerce companies in the nutrition and healthy living market. Kroger completed its merger with Vitacost.com in August 2014.

The company will test the Denver-area website a prototype before replicating the experience in other markets.

"King Soopers has a long heritage of leading in the natural and organics space, so we are excited to launch our pilot in Denver,” Kevin Dougherty, Kroger's group VP of digital and Vitacost, said.

The new website “extends the in-store shopping experience to create a true 'endless aisle' experience with ship-to-home service for thousands more healthy foods, vitamins, minerals and supplements than are available in our stores today," he said.

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Photos: Inaugural CVS/Pharmacy y más opens in Miami

BY DSN STAFF

MIAMI — Earlier this month, CVS Health announced its new store concept aimed at Hispanic consumers, CVS/Pharmacy y más. The Miami-based concept stores feature bilingual employees, as well as products well-known to Hispanic consumers, a Navarro fragrance counter, an OTC Health Solutions center and MetroPCS payment services. DSN presents a first look at photos of CVS' exciting new format.

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