Loblaw news

03 February 2016
As Walmart expands its test of click and collect for online groceries to the Toronto area, we review how the channel is developing in Canada. Builds on successful launch in Ottawa Following the launch of an 11 store test in Ottawa last year, Walmart Canada has expanded this to 12 stores in the Toronto area. The Ottawa test revealed strong interest from shoppers in the service, with the con...
04 January 2016
We look at the themes and trends set to shape the Canadian grocery sector over the next 12 months. 1. A challenging economic backdrop driving a flight to discount While the impact of lower oil prices is already being felt in Alberta, with rising unemployment and lower house prices, other provinces may not remain relatively immune to this in 2016. With a lower Canadian dollar, high consum...
02 December 2015
Sobeys has opened its first Nutella café at its remodelled Urban Fresh format store in downtown Toronto. All things Nutella Sobeys introduced the Nutella café as part of its aim to create unique and unparalleled experiences for its customers. The fully-branded café offers a range of pastries and artisan breads made with Nutella, along with fresh made-to-order crêpes filled with Nutella. A ...
18 November 2015
We review Loblaw’s performance in the third quarter. Solid sales and profit growth Loblaw’s retail segment sales increased by 2.5% to $13.7bn in the third quarter. This included same-store sales growth of 3.1% in food retail and 4.9% at its drugstores. Growth in front store same-store sales at its drugstores was particularly strong, up 6.2%. Profitability also grew strongly, with adjusted...
16 November 2015
We take a look at Loblaw’s latest private label initiative, and its approach to food innovation. Building on the ‘Crave More’ proposition The PC, or President’s Choice, ‘Insider’s Report’ has been a regular feature of Loblaw’s holiday plans for a number of years. This hard copy publication, designed to raise awareness and create excitement, would feature new private label products, many o...
12 November 2015
Loblaw has started to roll-out its click-and-collect operation for grocery ecommerce to stores in Western Canada. Builds on existing operations in Toronto and Edmonton Starting this month, Loblaw will start to offer the service at its larger format Real Canadian Superstores in British Columbia, with stores in the Vancouver area, Kelowna and Red Deer in the first phase of the roll-out. Thi...
29 September 2015
As the Overwaitea Food Group expands its grocery ecommerce service to downtown Vancouver, we review how the channel is evolving in Canada. Leading with store pickup and home delivery in Canada The addition of Vancouver to the retailer’s ecommerce initiative is a major milestone for the Overwaitea Food Group, one of the leading operators in Western Canada. In addition to home delivery, the ...
11 August 2015
We take a look at the latest online initiative from Loblaw and its Shoppers Drug Mart subsidiary. Aiming to create a unique online experience Loblaw owned Shoppers Drug Mart has launched a beautyBOUTIQUE website, beautyBOUTIQUE.ca, taking the branding from its in-store beauty offer. The retailer has aimed to create a unique content-rich experience, offering thousands of beauty products. ...
23 July 2015
As Loblaw reaches the end of its first half, we review how it’s performing against its strategic framework. Delivering against all key objectives Loblaw’s second quarter results reveal a stable trading performance, underpinned by solid sales growth, good cost control and disciplined integration of the Shoppers Drug Mart business. Retail segment sales increased by 2.2% to $10.3bn, with adjus...
13 July 2015
We look at how Canadian retailers are responding to changes in the market with new format and digital initiatives. Loblaw testing new ethnic-focused format In Mississauga, Ontario, Loblaw has launched a new format Real Canadian Superstore. The re-modelled store has been developed to build strong appeal with ethnic shoppers and features a number of new elements based around the themes of fre...