Canadian Retail News

By Jeff Doucette | All the news you need to know about the Canadian retail industry curated by Field Agent Canada

On eve of negotiations, Sobeys announces 10 store closures

<b>1000 British Columbians will be impacted</b><p>NEW WESTMINSTER, BC, Jan. 23, 2018 /CNW/ - Sobeys announced this morning that the company has earmarked 10 …

Mars and Wrigley brands unite

There is a great deal of change on the Mars brand these days. Not only has its global parent put its media business up for review (an account worth …

Canadian Tire forges ahead with "We All Play for Canada"

Ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang next month, Canadian Tire has released three new spots that builds off the values-based messaging of …

Sobeys to expand online grocery business by tying up with Britain’s ecommerce giant Ocado

Canada’s second largest food retailer Sobeys Inc has signed a deal to use the ecommerce platform of Ocado to expand its online business, sending …

eCommerce

Procter & Gamble Beats Forecast in Debut Earnings Report With Peltz on Board

Procter & Gamble Co. (PG) exceeded Wall Street's earnings expectations on Tuesday, Jan. 23, reporting fiscal second-quarter adjusted earnings of …

Stocks

Grocers adding online heft as Amazon raises home delivery stakes

More Canadians may soon be able to order their groceries online for delivery as the country's grocery wars heat up following Amazon's entry to the …

eCommerce

Company Aims to Level Playing Field for Independent Grocers in Canada

Canada

Sobeys partners with British online supermarket Ocado

Sobeys Inc. has signed a partnership deal with British company Ocado Group to help build the Canadian retailer’s online grocery shopping …

Canada

Food Basics marketing campaign promises it all

Metro is promising it all in its first mass advertising campaign for Ontario discount brand Food Basics. The campaign is promoting the Big Brands …

Advertising

Mars Wrigley GM talks innovation, e-commerce and M&M’s Caramel

Ten years after Mars acquired Wrigley for US$23 billion, the two companies have come together to create a new global confectionery giant called Mars …

eCommerce

A singular experience

He might just have the best name in all of grocery and now The Sweet Potato’s founder and co-owner, Digs Dorfman, has a new Toronto store that …

Trends

Ocado to tap into Canada’s online grocery market with Sobeys tie-up

Canada's second largest food retailer Sobeys Inc has signed a deal to use the e-commerce platform of Ocado to expand its online business, sending shares in the British group up 10 per cent on its latest international tie-up.<p>Ocado, which has helped drive online shopping in Britain, one of the …

Trends

After its shopping spree at U.S. luxury retailer Neiman Marcus, CPPIB is left holding the bag

At the height of the holiday shopping season in 2013, the head of private investments for Canada Pension Plan Investment Board flew to Dallas to promote his latest retail conquest.<p>A few months earlier, CPPIB and its private equity partner, Ares Management, revealed they were the new owners of …

Finance

Nordstrom Going Private Should Reward Investors With At Least A 10% Premium

Consistent with other traditional brick-and-mortar retailers, Nordstrom is fighting to maintain its current customer base while growing its …

Stocks

Amazon Go Pushes Mediterranean Lamb, Skips the Chili Cheese Dogs

You won’t find a squeaking hot dog rotisserie in Amazon.com Inc.’s cashier-less convenience store. Instead, you’ll see Mediterranean lamb sandwiches, …

Amazon.com Inc

Previewing the future of retail

There were robots rolling around on the floor of the Javits Center in New York last weekend, while attendees strapped on VR headsets to enter virtual …

eCommerce

Retrofitting suburbia: Old shopping malls can be saved by their parking lots

Aging shopping centres, built decades ago as beacons of fashion and free parking on the suburban fringe, are gradually becoming relics on a sea of …

Urban Design

Internal documents reveal that Whole Foods is leaving some shelves empty on purpose

• <b>Whole Foods' corporate office has started requiring stores to leave shelves empty when they run out of products as part of its new inventory management system called order-to-shelf, or OTS.</b>• <b><br>The company defends this practice in internal documents reviewed by Business Insider, saying it helps ensure</b> …

Whole Foods

The best times to buy stuff on sale in Canada

It goes without saying that everyone loves a bargain. But often, unless a great score is made during a holiday sale event, many people attribute the …

Shopping

Grocery Store Car Carts Are Torture, And This Is Why

Grocery shopping with kids is stressful by itself. Trying to remember everything, stay on budget, and not lose my mind while wrangling small children …

Cool Stuff

The Online Grocery Market Is Amazon's to Lose

Amazon's online grocery sales doubled its next closest competitor in 2017.<p>Groceries will be a $10 billion business for <b>Amazon</b> (NASDAQ:AMZN); it's just …

eCommerce

Online grocer faces big-box competition

Five years ago, when Nathan Steele started the online, home-delivery grocery store, MyFarmersMarket.com, he was not planning to be competing with …

Trends

Asian supermarket giant reverses decision to cut paid breaks

Canada’s largest Asian supermarket has backpedalled on a plan to cut paid breaks, following public furor over some Tim Hortons’ franchises decision …

Tim Hortons

Walmart discontinues charge accounts, no longer accepting govt. requisitions for purchases

Foster families who use government requisition forms, or vouchers, to charge purchases for essential supplies in a pinch can no longer rely on …

Banking

Circle K Announces Canadian Expansion with 1st Franchise Opportunities

Franchising

Can These Robot-Run Warehouses Change The Landscape Of Urban Grocery Delivery?

CommonSense Robotics thinks its automated packing system can make the difference for small groceries trying to compete with corporate giants.<p>It’s usually cheaper and faster to order pizza than to get a delivery of fresh ingredients from a grocery store. One startup thinks it can change that …

eCommerce

The inexcusable treatment of Sears employees: A cautionary tale

If you're a Canadian of a certain age, the name Sears has special meaning. Just like legacy retailers such as Eaton's and The Bay, Sears was, for many of us, a company that bordered on a cultural institution growing up.<p>In my youth, my siblings and I eagerly awaited the annual arrival of the Sears …

Sears

Shoppers Drug Mart signs marijuana supply deal with Tilray Canada

Licensed marijuana producer Tilray Canada Ltd. has signed a deal to become a medical cannabis supplier to Shoppers Drug Mart.<p>Subject to Health Canada's approval of Shoppers Drug Mart's application to dispense medical marijuana, Tilray will supply the retailer with Tilray branded medical cannabis …

Cannabis

Coke: We'll recycle one can or bottle for every one we sell

Coca-Cola is pledging to keep more of its cans and bottles out of landfills.<p>The company said Friday that it will make a concerted effort to recycle and use more environmentally friendly packaging over the next 12 years.<p>Coke (KO) is dubbing it the "World Without Waste" initiative.<p>In an statement …

Sustainability