Canada news

10 June 2019
We look at some of the key announcements and innovations we saw at Walmart’ Shareholders Week in Bentonville, Arkansas, and outline how they fit with its ongoing transformation and what they mean for the world's largest retailer. Two consistent areas of focus underpinning robust performance Investing in people and technology. Familiar themes for Walmart over the last three years, and they...
05 June 2019
Sobeys has announced six additional locations for its FreshCo discount format in western Canada. The new stores will open next year and bring its announced openings in the region to 18 locations. Planning to convert a quarter of its existing supermarkets Sobeys opened its first FreshCo format in western Canada in April, with five stores currently trading. A further two stores will ope...
31 May 2019
Costco saw its third quarter net sales increase 7.4% to $34.0bn, with comparable club sales up 5.6%. We look at the drivers behind its continued strong performance and the outlook at it gets set to open its first club in China. Ecommerce sales up 20.0% The momentum in Costco’s sales performance was supported by its fast-growing ecommerce business, with comp sales up 19.5%. This excludes its...
30 May 2019
Walmart Canada has unveiled a new look hypermarket format in Toronto. The Supercentre has been developed specifically for downtown locations, an area where the retailer is relatively under penetrated. Second new concept to launch next year The new look Supercenter has been developed within an existing location, at the Stockyards, Toronto. The store features a new design and layout, a broade...
27 May 2019
Canada’s leading food retailer, Loblaw, has launched several new plant-based products as part of its President’s Choice private label range. Strong on-shelf identity The new range covers several different product categories including frozen desserts and meat-less burgers. Using a green design concept, which incorporates a new ‘Plant-Based’ leaf logo, the products can be easily identified on...
17 May 2019
As Vancouver gets set to host The Consumer Goods Forum’s Global Summit next month, we look at three trends shaping the food retail market in the city. 1. Diversity: over 4 in 10 of the population is from a visible minority group One of the most unique aspects of Vancouver’s retail scene is shaped by its consumers. As with most Canadian cities, ethnic diversity is high. Over 4 in 10 of the p...
16 May 2019
Canada’s second largest food retailer, Sobeys, has created a new national leadership structure to drive growth, improve execution and accelerate innovation. Entering final phase of Project Sunrise turnaround plan These changes have been made as Sobeys enters the final phase of its transformation plan, Project Sunrise. This was launched two years ago to simplify the business, unlock its nati...
13 May 2019
We look at how Loblaw is using gamification to drive home its low-price credentials within its No Frills discount business. Supporting the brand’s new marketing campaign No Frills has launched a new web-based game, Hauler: Aisles of Glory. The retro 8-bit 2D animation video game, which can be played in-browser on mobile, tablet and desktop, supports the brand’s new marketing campaign which ...
13 May 2019
Metro Canada has expanded its grocery ecommerce operation to Ontario, with a small number of pilot stores in the Toronto market. Pilot programme mirrors Quebec roll-out The pilot is running in stores in both suburban and urban locations. These enable the retailer to reach different customer groups in the greater Toronto area. Consumers can choose to pick up their shopping at any of the stor...
09 May 2019
Sobeys has revealed that its new grocery home delivery service, launched in partnership with Ocado, will be Voilà by Sobeys in Ontario and Voilà par IGA in Quebec. First customer fulfilment centre under construction Last year, Sobeys announced that it would partner with UK-based Ocado to launch an ecommerce service into the Ontario market. Sobeys is currently constructing a new customer ful...