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Target, Shipt ready to launch same-day delivery

BY Marianne Wilson

Target is moving quickly to leverage its $550 million acquisition of Shipt.

The discounter announced that it will debut same-day delivery services via Shipt on Feb. 1 across 57 stores in South Florida and Birmingam, Alabama. It will move quickly to expand the service, making it available at nearly half its 1,834 stores by the end of the first quarter (February 12), and the majority of its stores in time for the 2018 holiday season.

“Our teams moved at lightning speed to get Target up and running on Shipt’s platform in less than eight weeks,” said John Mulligan, COO, Target. “And we’re not stopping there—we’ll keep expanding….making Target the first retailer to be able to offer same-day delivery in all major markets across the country.”

Shipt is a membership-based service, with an annual fee of $99. (To celebrate the addition of Target to the Shipt marketplace, new Shipt members who sign up prior to expansion will receive an annual membership for $49.)

Members use Shipt’s online marketplace to browse participating local retailers’ aisles online and purchase from a full selection of grocery and household items. Shipt’s army of shoppers then take the orders, visit the stores to buy the products and deliver them to the user on the same day, usually within just a few hours.

Target will kick-off same-day delivery with an assortment of groceries, essentials, home, electronics and other. By the end of 2019, same-day delivery will include all major product categories at Target, according to Shipt.

Target’s acquisition of Shipt was one of the largest in the retailer’s history. It came as Walmart and Amazon were expanding their own same-day delivery offerings.

“This acquisition will mark an important milestone in an ambitious strategy we laid out in early 2017, which included strengthening Target’s supply chain and digital capabilities to make shopping at Target easier, more reliable and more convenient for our guests,” Mulligan stated in a blog on the retailer’s website back in December. “By acquiring Shipt, we’ll be able to take advantage of our network of stores and Shipt’s technology platform and shopper community to quickly offer same-day delivery to millions of our guests.”

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Walgreens names one of its own SVP pharmacy, healthcare

BY Michael Johnsen

Walgreens on Thursday promoted Rick Gates, most recently group vice president of pharmacy, to the role of senior vice president of pharmacy and healthcare, reporting to Richard Ashworth, president of operations. In his new role, Gates will lead Walgreens’ commercial development and sales, contracting, pharma development, pharmacy supply chain and clinical programs and alliances.

“Rick’s 22 years of experience, grounded in pharmacy and operations, position him well to bring together our commercial and pharmacy strategies and assess the impact to our patients and stores,” Ashworth said.

Gates joined Walgreens after graduating from pharmacy school and spent most of his career within store and pharmacy operations before joining Walgreens’ support office. Since then, he has proven instrumental in the implementation of innovative product offerings and operational efficiency programs, Ashworth said.

Gates led Walgreens’ Western pharmacy operations and was responsible for pharmacy integration during the Duane Reade acquisition. He also led a team ensuring operational enablement and execution of strategic programs.

He also serves as a board member with the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation, University of Iowa College of Pharmacy Leadership Board and the Lake Forest Swim Club Board.

Gates received a B.S. in pharmacy from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. He is an active member of the American Pharmacists Association, NCPDP, NASP and the University of Iowa Alumni Association.

 

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Giant Food unleashes nutritionists to help New Year resolutionists

BY Michael Johnsen

While New Year’s resolutions are plentiful this time of year, most folks who make resolutions give up on them by the end of June. Which is why the credentialed nutritionists at Giant Food of Landover are offering to help. Last week the Giant Food nutritionists provided their take on diabetes, heart health, losing weight, improving family meal times and other wellness concerns during individual consultations with customers.

To help get 2018 started on the right foot, Giant’s team of 11 nutritionists came together to share their 10 best tips for tackling New Year’s resolutions. Here they are:

1. Find your motivation
Share your motivations with a close and trusted friend, coworker, or relative. They can cheer you on and remind you why you are pursuing change.

2. Make it fun
When it comes to fitness, find something you enjoy doing. Whether it’s long walks, barre classes, martial arts, peaceful yoga or pick-up sports games, you’re more likely to stick to it if you’re having fun! Bored of the same routine? Try a new fitness class or meet with a staff member at your local gym or community center.

3. Amp up your hydration
This one is often overlooked, but it’s key to overall health. Add an extra eight ounces of water to your day. More fluids will help you stay hydrated and those extra walks to the restroom will increase your activity!

4. Try something new
Make 2018 the year of variety and trying new things. Start out by trying a new fruit or veggie each week, and then move on to other food categories like grains or healthy oils.

5. Load up on fruits and veggies
This rule is timeless for a reason. Aim to fill half your plate with fruits and/or vegetables at each meal or snack. If you’re indulging with a few bites of a less healthy item or snack, you’ll still have a half healthy plate!

6. Find a buddy
It’s no secret that working toward and achieving goals is more fun with friends! Plus, when you share a similar objective, you can keep each other up-to-date on your progress and encourage each other.

7. Get cookin’
Work on easing yourself into a healthier routine by testing out one new recipe each week. Swap recipe ideas with family and friends to stay motivated. This is also a great way to incorporate tip four! You can work to create recipes using one new ingredient each week.

8. Keep yourself accountable
Make a list of the top three reasons why you want to improve your health and stick it on the refrigerator or another space you see every day.   This constant visual will reinforce your new healthy habits.

9. Shop smart
Fill your shopping cart according to MyPlate recommendations. You can’t eat half a plate of fruits and veggies at every meal if you don’t buy half a grocery cart of fruits and veggies!

10. Plan for the unexpected
Pack a tote of nutritious snacks when on the go – nuts, seeds, fruit, veggies – so that you won’t reach for less healthy snack foods. This is great for day trips with the family or even just a busy day of errands. You’ll be glad you didn’t need to rely on that soft pretzel at the mall! You can also keep a small bag of nutritious snacks at the office or in your car.

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