Loblaw news

13 November 2019
We review Loblaw’s third quarter performance and its plans to drive stronger growth in its food business. Top line results Loblaw’s third quarter retail revenue increased by 2.2% to $14.4bn. Revenue through its drugstores increased by 4.3% with food retail revenue up 1.5%. On a same-store sales basis, drug retail was up 4.1% and food retail up 0.1%, or by 1.0% accounting for the shift in th...
13 November 2019
Loblaw becomes the latest retailer to partner with Takeoff Technologies to automate in-store grocery ecommerce picking. Adding capacity to the PC Express service Loblaw is investing in its PC Express grocery ecommerce service by building an automated picking facility within one of its stores in the Greater Toronto area. The partnership with Takeoff Technologies is expected to launch next ye...
28 October 2019
Loblaw’s drugstore business, Shoppers Drug Mart, is partnering with SmileDirectClub, Inc. to test the company’s SmileShop concept. This will be piloted within two drugstores initially in the Ontario market. Lowering healthcare costs SmileDirectClub operates SmileShops in 300 locations in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Ireland. It expanded into Canada last year, with Smil...
28 October 2019
Loblaw has opened a new store-front, PC Express, in downtown Toronto where customers can pick up their online grocery orders. Over 700 pickup points across Canada Loblaw is the leading online grocery ecommerce retailer in Canada. Over the last few years it has developed a network of over 700 pickup points and launched an on-demand delivery service in partnership with Instacart. While most o...
13 August 2019
Loblaw’s Shoppers Drug Mart chain has launched a new campaign, The Beauty Project, showcasing beauty and skincare ranges curated by seven beauty enthusiasts. Curated collections The Beauty Project features existing products within Shoppers Drug Mart’s ranges. They have been selected by enthusiasts which include a stylist and influencer, a musician, a make-up artist and an entrepreneur. Each...
25 July 2019
We review Loblaw’s second quarter performance, including how its data-driven approach to trading impacted its food retail performance. Strongest drug retail performance in three years Loblaw’s Q2 revenue increased by 2.9% to $11.1bn, with retail segment sales up 2.9% to $10.9bn. Food retail same-store sales increased 0.6%, while drug retail same-store sales were up 4.0%. The latter represen...
18 June 2019
Loblaw is expanding its food waste programme with Flashfood to additional stores across Canada. Products purchased through the Flashfood app The Flashfood app enables Loblaw customers to purchase food items nearing expiration at a reduced price, with discounts of up to 50%. Earlier this year, Loblaw launched the programme in 139 stores in Quebec. This has been extended to its Real Canadian ...
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...
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 ...
02 May 2019
We review Loblaw’s first quarter results and three of its major initiatives for the current financial year. Food retail same-store sales up 2.0% Loblaw’s first quarter revenue increased 3.1% to $10.7bn, with retail segment sales up 2.9% to $10.5bn. Food retail same-store sales increased 2.0%, with drug retail same-store sales up 2.2%. Operating income increased 19.9% to $451m. Within food r...