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Winning online focus for Kantar Retail annual eCommerce & Digital Strategy Forum

BY Michael Johnsen

BOSTON — Kantar Retail earlier this week announced that it will hold its annual eCommerce & Digital Strategy Forum in New York Oct. 5-6.

In addition to featuring presentations from Kantar Retail's  Reid Greenberg, SVP digital and e-commerce, and Bryan Gildenberg, chief knowledge officer, the two-day event will include insights from Sri Rajagopalan, VP e-commerce at Johnson & Johnson, and Gary Vaynerchuk, CEO of VaynerMedia.

The theme of this year’s event is how to bridge the two parallel areas of focus in today’s e-commerce space — engaging people digitally and driving ROI and profitability from digital marketing and commercial relationships.

The session will supply insight into the underlying shifts in the disruptive nature of digital shopping, engagement and connection. In addition, the  annual eCommerce & Digital Strategy Forum will review key trends in the digital landscape today, with an emphasis on partnering strategies to sell through Amazon, Walmart.com and other pure-play or brick-and-click retailers. The forum also will explore current practices to better link digital engagement with commercial reality to drive profitable growth and sell more cases.

 
 

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Harris Teeter plans grand opening for Bowie, Md. store

BY David Salazar
MATTHEWS, N.C. — Harris Teeter is inviting its customers to the grand opening of its newest store. The company announced Tuesday that it would be holding a grand opening on Oct. 4 at 5 p.m. to christen its Bowie, Md. location. 
 
The grand opening will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony and a Taste of Teeter sampling event, which showcases the store’s products. 
 
“Harris Teeter is thrilled to be joining the Bowie community,” Harris Teeter communication manager Danna Robinson said. “We are looking forward to getting to know our Bowie neighbors, and we cannot wait for shoppers to see their brand new Harris Teeter.”
 
The new 52,00-sq. ft. store will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and has a pharmacy with a drive-through window. It also will offer free blood pressure testing, drug interaction and allergy screening and private pharmacist consultations.
 
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Unilever acquires Seventh Generation

BY David Salazar
LONDON and ROTTERDAM, Netherlands — Unilever on Monday announced that it would be acquiring Vermont-based personal care and home product company Seventh Generation. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. 
 
“Seventh Generation has long been a disruptor in the US marketplace, leading the industry in sustainable innovation while attracting new generations of conscious consumers,” Unilever’s home care business president Nitin Paranjpe said. “This addition to Unilever’s product portfolio will help us meet rising demand for high-quality products with a purpose.”
 
Seventh Generation has been a pioneer in sustainable product innovations, including plant-based detergents and household cleaners. Its 2015 turnover was more than $200 million and the company has seen double-digit compounded annual growth over the last 10 years. 
 
“For 28 years, Seventh Generation has been creating products that are not only effective but also designed with environmental and human health in mind while demonstrating that business can have a greater purpose, serving not just profit but people and the planet as well,” Seventh Generation CEO John Replogle said. “Today marks the next chapter and we’re proud to join Unilever and its shared vision for purpose-led business on a global scale. Working together we are confident we can have a positive impact on the health of billions of people around the world, truly fulfilling our mission of nurturing the next seven generations while transforming global commerce.”
 
 
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