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Loblaw is partnering with Gatik to deploy a fleet of autonomous delivery vehicles to transport goods from its automated picking facility to retail locations in Toronto.

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Walmart Canada is expanding is partnership with San-Francisco based Focal Systems for the deployment of shelf-edge cameras. Improving product availability Building on a pilot programme, Walmart Canada will expand Focal Systems’ out-of-stock solution to additional stores next year. This forms part of a $3.5bn investment programme announced earlier this year. Focal’s cameras automatical...
We review Metro’s fourth quarter and its plans for further ecommerce investments. Key numbers Fourth quarter sales increased 7.4% to $4.1bn Food same-store sales up 10.0% and pharmacy same-store sales up 5.5% Net earnings up 11.4% to $186.5m Full year sales up 7.3% to $18.0bn, with net earnings up 11.5% to $796.4m Source: IGD Research Conventional growing ahead of d...
We review Walmart's third quarter performance and the outlook for the business as it prepares for the holiday trading period. Walmart's key numbers Walmart's total revenue in Q3 increased by 5.2% to $134.7bn Operating income increased 22.5% to $5.8bn Sales in its US stores increased by 6.2% to $88.4bn and by 8.3% to $15.8bn at Sam’s Club US comp store sales increased by 6.4%, wi...

Presentations

18/11/2020
The hypermarket channel is perceived to be struggling to grow, whether in store or sales terms. However, on a global basis, this is not the reality. Retailers are finding ways to re-imagine the hypermarket format beyond grocery retail by applying seven strategies laid out in this report. This way hypermarket operators are able to enhance the shopper proposition and: - achieve more incremental growth - boost traffic to store - encourage more spend in-store - develop the omnichannel offer
17/11/2020
As we approach Ocado announcing its Q4 results, we look at its commercial performance, its strategic priorities for the next three years, and the implications for manufacturers.
09/11/2020
The hypermarket channel is perceived to be struggling to grow, whether in store or sales terms. However, on a global basis, this is not the reality. Retailers are finding ways to achieve incremental increases in basket size and are developing their proposition to attract shoppers back to the format. In this report we show winning strategies by hypermarket and large supermarket operators from around the world.
03/11/2020
We visited Fresh St. Market's Vancouver flagship to see how the retailer has adapted its offer for an urban catchment.
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This guide to Canada explores the key trends in grocery retail, the outlook for the country’s differing channels over the five year forecast period and the growth strategies of its leading retailers.

We review the impact of COVID-19 on the five key trends which were set to shape the North American food retail market in 2020 and beyond.

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