Loblaw news

06 July 2015
As Walmart becomes the latest retailer to launch a grocery ecommerce operation in Canada, we review the prospects for the channel. Enabling Walmart to build share in food Walmart’s launch of an 11 store test for grocery pick-up in Ottawa builds on its existing ecommerce operation which to date has been focused on non-food. The addition of fresh foods and grocery ranges complements the con...
17 April 2015
Ontario has put in place  plans to enable grocery stores to sell beer. This provides retailers with an opportunity to grab share in a major category, which could also be an important traffic driver. First stores to be up and running by Christmas Beer sales in Ontario are currently driven almost exclusively through The Beer Store, which is owned by Molson Coors, Anheuser–Busch InBev and S...
14 April 2015
Loblaw and Uber have partnered in Toronto to offer shoppers free rides to users of the retailer’s click and collect service. Uber offers strong fit with Loblaw’s target customers The retailer launched its test of grocery ecommerce last October, the first stage of its plans to build a stronger presence in the channel. The initiative, which runs from April 14 to April 20, enables shoppers to...
10 March 2015
Loblaw is to invest over CA$1.2 bn in 2015 in developing new stores, expanding its e-commerce operations and driving on-going improvements in its supply chain and IT infrastructure. Building on ‘Inspire’ format programme The retailer will open around 50 new stores in 2015 and undertake remodels within a further 100. These investments will be undertaken across its range of formats including...
26 February 2015
As Loblaw reports a surge in profitability, we take a look at how it’s benefitting from the acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart. Quick take: our view These results represent a solid quarter from Loblaw. While large scale retail acquisitions often bring an element of risk, the retailer is executing effectively on its plan to integrate the acquired Shoppers Drug Mart business. Trading is stab...
12 January 2015
Following the launch of new ecommerce initiatives by two of Canada’s leading grocery retailers last year, we assess how the channel is likely to evolve in the year ahead. Rapid sales growth Grocery ecommerce is one of the least developed channels in the Canadian grocery market. Although there have been a number of retailers offering this service on a regional or city bas...
16 December 2014
Following Loblaw’s acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart earlier this year, we take a look at the drugstore retailer’s pilot of an expanded convenience food offering for a smaller format environment. Testing enhanced fresh food offer One of the most compelling opportunities created by Loblaw’s acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart is to use the drugstore retailer’s real estate portfolio in urban l...
12 November 2014
As Loblaw reports a solid set of results for the third quarter, we take a look at the progress which it is making against its strategic priorities. Integrating Shoppers Drug Mart During the quarter, Loblaw realised almost $44m of net synergies associated with the acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart during the latest quarter, primarily in the cost of goods sold. It remains on track to achieve ...
30 October 2014
While grocery ecommerce has seen spectacular growth in many parts of Europe, it is on the verge of becoming a key route to market in North America. With retailers pushing hard to build a presence in the channel, we've identified five key drivers that suggest things are about to take off in the region: Walmart’s scale to shift the channel New technologies reducing entry barriers Acqu...
27 October 2014
Loblaw has launched a test of Click and Collect for groceries as part of its ecommerce development strategy. A developing channel that is attracting increasing retailer interest The store in Richmond Hill is the first of three which will launch this year in the Toronto area. The retailer has taken a number of learnings and best-practices from Europe in developing its proposition. Customers...