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We review Sobeys’ second quarter performance as it enters the final phase of its turnaround plan, Project Sunrise.

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As the retailer announces plans to open 10 additional stores in Ontario over the next two years, we look at what makes this a powerful format for the retailer. Driving growth in urban locations Sobeys acquired Farm Boy last December in a deal designed to help Sobeys drive its penetration in urban locations. At the time, Ottawa-based Farm Boy operated 26 stores. It was a great acquisition fo...
Sobeys is partnering with Caper to test an intelligent shopping cart at a store in Oakville, Ontario. Removing customer friction The ‘Smart Cart’ has been developed to enable shoppers to bypass the traditional checkout lane, one of the key friction points within shopping trips. The cart’s technology scans and weighs products as customers place them inside. It keeps a running tally of purcha...
Sobeys’ parent company, Empire, has formed a partnership with the Canadian Olympic Committee, enabling its family of brands to become the official grocer of Team Canada. Raising awareness of its family of brands This is the first time that a national grocer has formed a partnership with the Canadian Olympic team. The deal will help the retailer, which operates under a range of banners inclu...

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