Retail Roundup—Publix's in-store clinics, Charlotte Russe's faster app

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Publix will open branded telehealth sites throughout Tampa Bay, Florida.

Publix to open in-store heath centers

Publix Pharmacy has partnered with BayCare Health System to create branded telehealth sites in Publix locations throughout the Tampa Bay, Florida, area. In conjunction, Publix will acquire and operate retail pharmacies in BayCare hospitals. (Tampa Bay Business Journal)

NRF asks House to repeal and replace Obamacare

The National Retail Federation, backed by key retailers, urged the house to approve the repeal of Obamacare legislation and replace it with new legislation. Among other provisions, the legislation would effectively repeal the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate that businesses provide health insurance to full-time workers. Although it does not allow the mandate to be repealed outright, the bill would reduce the penalties for noncompliance to zero. (Business Wire)

Charlotte Russe releases faster mobile app

Fast-fashion apparel retailer Charlotte Russe has partnered with PredictSpring to build a next-generation app that is 20 to 30 times faster than a typical mobile experience. The idea is to provide customers with the instant gratification, at the touch of a button, that shoppers are looking for. (Business Wire)

Albertsons, Sprouts in talks of merger

Albertsons and Sprouts are rumored to be in talks of a merger, as the supermarket chain looks to widen its organic offerings. The push comes just ahead of Albertsons' initial public offering and in light of other supermarkets pushing into the health-conscious arena. (Bloomberg)