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Sobeys is partnering with Caper to test an intelligent shopping cart at a store in Oakville, Ontario.

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Sobeys’ parent company, Empire, has formed a partnership with the Canadian Olympic Committee, enabling its family of brands to become the official grocer of Team Canada. Raising awareness of its family of brands This is the first time that a national grocer has formed a partnership with the Canadian Olympic team. The deal will help the retailer, which operates under a range of banners inclu...
We review Sobeys’ first quarter performance as it enters the final year of its three-year turnaround plan and consider what’s next for Canada’s second largest food retailer. Additional cost savings expected beyond initial $500m target Sobeys delivered a solid Q1. Sales increased 4.4% to $6.7bn, with same-store sales, excluding fuel, up 2.4%. Adjusted net earnings increased 33.6% to $133.9m....
Sobeys has launched two discount stores under the Chalo! FreshCo banner and format as part of its plans to develop and grow a discount business in western Canada. Planning to convert a quarter of its existing supermarkets Sobeys opened its first FreshCo format in western Canada in April, with seven stores currently trading. A further 11 stores have been announced as part of the first wave o...

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