Canada news

06 November 2014
Following Whole Foods Market’s full year results , we take a fresh look at its growth platforms for the year ahead. Portfolio growth - The retailer continues to see demand for 1,200 stores in the US, and is expected to cross the 500-store mark in 2017 Store re-models - Over the next year it will re-fresh 70% of its stores which are over 10 years old, from minor décor treatments ...
06 November 2014
We recently attended Walmart’s annual meeting for the investment community, providing us with an opportunity to hear directly from the retailer’s senior leadership on plans for the year ahead. Doug McMillon, Walmart’s President & CEO, outlined how the company had adopted a new ‘enterprise approach’ in developing its strategy. “We’ve taken a fresh look at where we want to play – what businesse...
05 November 2014
As Whole Foods Market reported its fourth quarter and full year results, we highlight five key takeaways. The retailer is committed to its value enhancing strategy Whole Foods Market will continue to invest in pricing, promotions and private brands to build strong value perceptions with its customers. While sales have been under pressure as it has continued to lower its...
30 October 2014
While grocery ecommerce has seen spectacular growth in many parts of Europe, it is on the verge of becoming a key route to market in North America. With retailers pushing hard to build a presence in the channel, we've identified five key drivers that suggest things are about to take off in the region: Walmart’s scale to shift the channel New technologies reducing entry barriers Acqu...
27 October 2014
Loblaw has launched a test of Click and Collect for groceries as part of its ecommerce development strategy. A developing channel that is attracting increasing retailer interest The store in Richmond Hill is the first of three which will launch this year in the Toronto area. The retailer has taken a number of learnings and best-practices from Europe in developing its proposition. Customers...
21 October 2014
Whole Foods Market has launched its first national brand campaign to demonstrate the values of “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store.” “Values Matter” at the heart of the campaign The new campaign focuses on communicating Whole Foods Market’s broader purpose and initiating a deeper conversation with its shoppers about food choices. Using the theme “Values Matter,” the retailer will explain t...
16 October 2014
At its annual investors meeting this week, Walmart provided an update on the strategic priorities for its US stores operation, Sam’s Club, international, global ecommerce and the business as a whole. We outline the key takeaways from this important update. The future vision is guiding investment decisions While there are short term issues to fix within its US and internation...
08 October 2014
Costco delivered an impressive performance in the final quarter of the year. Total revenue increased 9.3%, comp store sales were up 7% and net income rose 13.0%. As the retailer focuses on its new financial year, we take a look at what’s shaping its strategy. Increasing capital expenditure Over the last two years Costco has picked up the pace of new store openings, with...
07 October 2014
As part of its retail expansion plans across Canada, FedEx Express Canada has announced it is partnering with Metro Canada through its Super C stores. Integrates FedEx Express with local communities The new partnership with Metro Canada’s  Quebec-based discount-chain will see FedEx Express open full service Fedex ‘Authorised ShipCentres’ within 86 Super C stores. As part of the agreemen...
19 September 2014
Loblaw has unveiled a new brand position for President’s Choice, Canada’s leading consumer packaged brand, and the retailer’s primary private label. Modernising the brand to reflect Canadian food values This new campaign, launched with the ‘Crave More’ strapline, represents further evolution of the 30 year old brand. Loblaw is building the proposition around encouraging customers to “...