Canada news

18 November 2015
As Metro reports a record fourth quarter and full year performance, we review how store investments have been a key driver behind its performance. Record sales and profit growth Metro’s fourth quarter sales increased by 4.5% to $2.8bn, with same-store sales growth of 3.4%. Net earnings increased by 13.9% to $131.7m. The final quarter contributed to a strong year overall, with total sales ...
17 November 2015
We review Walmart’s latest quarterly results as it heads into the critical holiday season. Top-line results Walmart’s total revenue decreased by 1.3% to $117.4.bn in the third quarter, although net sales in its US stores and Sam’s Club (ex-fuel) increased by 3.8% and 1.6% respectively. Comp store sales in the US were positive for the fifth consecutive quarter, up 1.5%.  International s...
16 November 2015
We take a look at Loblaw’s latest private label initiative, and its approach to food innovation. Building on the ‘Crave More’ proposition The PC, or President’s Choice, ‘Insider’s Report’ has been a regular feature of Loblaw’s holiday plans for a number of years. This hard copy publication, designed to raise awareness and create excitement, would feature new private label products, many o...
12 November 2015
Loblaw has started to roll-out its click-and-collect operation for grocery ecommerce to stores in Western Canada. Builds on existing operations in Toronto and Edmonton Starting this month, Loblaw will start to offer the service at its larger format Real Canadian Superstores in British Columbia, with stores in the Vancouver area, Kelowna and Red Deer in the first phase of the roll-out. Thi...
05 November 2015
As Whole Foods Market reports challenging fourth quarter and full year results, we review how it plans to deliver an improved performance going forward. Challenging results but leadership remains optimistic Whole Foods Market has reported a challenging set of quarterly results, with sales and profits under pressure. While some of the factors driving this performance are self-inflicted, inc...
04 November 2015
In our city feature series, Retail Safari, we highlight some of the best stores we have visited in European and North American cities. Following our first two features on Vancouver  and Amsterdam , we’re shifting our focus to Boston, a city where the grocery retail landscape demonstrates influences from both continents. Stewart Samuel, Program Director at IGD Canada, shares his pick of the stor...
03 November 2015
We review some of the latest ecommerce initiatives from Target. 1. Building a global audience This month Target has launched its website globally. Having been one of the early ecommerce leaders in the US, the retailer has been investing significantly in this channel, with a strong focus on mobile and fulfilment. As the next phase of development the service has now been made available to sh...
30 October 2015
As Starbucks releases impressive Q4 and full year trading figures, we look at the results highlights and three new routes to growth. Strong FY and Q4 results Results for the year impressed, with total revenue up by 17% to USD19.2bn. Operating income grew at a similar rate, up 17% to USD3.6bn, delivering an substantial operating margin of 18.8%. Same store sales grew by 7% over the year, an...
29 October 2015
Walmart has revealed its holiday strategy, including its plan to win through store pick-up. Aiming to drive traffic to its stores In revealing its plans for the holidays, Walmart announced that free shipping would only be available for orders above $50. This is a departure from what a number of its competitors are doing including Target, and Amazon which offers free shipping through its P...
28 October 2015
Walmart has applied to US regulators for permission to test drones for home delivery, roadside collections and checking warehouse inventories, according to press reports. Moving to outdoor testing Walmart’s move to use drones to deliver online orders is designed to make its distribution systems more efficient. The retailer is keen to start testing drones outdoors after conducting indoor tes...