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Opinion: Is Toronto too downmarket for Eataly?
NOVEMBER 6, 2019 | The Globe and Mail | SYLVAIN CHARLEBOIS, SPECIAL TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL.

The Eataly chain is like no other in food retailing. It’s an Italian-only food court on steroids: nine restaurants, a cooking classroom, a wine bar, a brewpub, a grocery area and even a mozzarella-making counter, all in one spot. After opening its first outlet less than 12 years ago, its first Canadian location opens in Toronto on Nov. 13.

Like other locations, the Toronto Eataly, which will be the chain’s 40th store, will be almost 50,000 square feet and will employ more than 300 people. It’s a massive food emporium, celebrating the best flavours and tastes Italy has to offer, but with a twist of domestic savoir faire.
big-box  cuisine  customer_experience  Eataly  grocery  Italian  Loblaws  retailers  supermarkets  Sylvain_Charlebois  Toronto  upscale  Westons 
november 2019 by jerryking
Whole Foods changes unlikely to spark Canadian grocery price wars
August 29th | The Globe and Mail | by DAVID FRIEND.

The country's biggest grocers are unlikely to play along with deep cuts by Whole Foods' new owner Amazon in the aisles of its 13 locations across Canada. That's partly because the imminent threat of the high-end chain wouldn't justify the financial hit of reacting with deep discounts, suggested Brynn Winegard, a marketing expert at Winegard and Company.

"Places like Loblaws, Sobeys and Longo's won't necessarily be able to afford that," she said.

"But what you will be looking at is a huge market play towards loyalty."

Winegard expects established chains to lean on their reputations – and points-redemption programs – in hopes of keeping customers from straying to competitors in the short term.

Expect better deals on taking home three bottles of spaghetti sauce instead of two, for example, and more appealing bonus point offers designed to get customers back into stores. Both are generally more affordable, and effective, strategies than deep cuts to a wide assortment of products.

Price wars have a long history of offering Canadian grocers little upside, especially if their profit margins are cut to the bone.......Canadian grocers are misdirecting their attention to storefronts, rather than establishing infrastructure that could go head-to-head in the digital world, Amazon's forte.

"Amazon certainly has the capacity, the capability and the website support to do this – the other stores, like Loblaw and Sobeys, aren't really there yet."
supermarkets  grocery  Loblaws  Sobeys  Longo's  Amazon  Whole_Foods  Canadian  price_wars  loyalty_management  oligopolies 
august 2017 by jerryking
Loblaw’s price war spreads through Canada’s grocery sector - The Globe and Mail
MARINA STRAUSS - RETAILING REPORTER
The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016
Loblaws  cost-cutting  retailers  grocery  supermarkets  price_wars 
august 2016 by jerryking
The incredible shrinking retail sector - The Globe and Mail
BARRIE McKENNA
The incredible shrinking retail sector
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OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Feb. 12 2015

Entire categories of products are moving online, making many bricks-and-mortar stores redundant. Video and book stores are all but gone. Office supply, electronics and department stores are in retreat. A future without auto showrooms and movie theatres may be coming.

The era of the big-box store has peaked as city dwellers move back downtown, where space is at a premium.
Barrie_McKenna  retailers  size  mergers_&_acquisitions  downsizing  small_spaces  grocery  supermarkets  pharmacies  proximity  convenience_stores  store_footprints  post-deal_integration  bricks-and-mortar  consolidation  distribution_channels  Target  Wal-Mart  Loblaws  competitive_landscape  e-commerce  fresh_produce  perishables  big-box  supply_chains 
february 2015 by jerryking
Canadian grocers need to shed more light on supplier payments - The Globe and Mail
DAVID MILSTEAD
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Nov. 19 2014
Loblaws  grocery  retailers 
november 2014 by jerryking
Big Data rewards come with tricky set of risks for companies - The Globe and Mail
SUSAN KRASHINSKY - MARKETING REPORTER
The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Nov. 03 2014

It was a sign that Loblaw Cos. Ltd. was taking a specific strategy with its loyalty program: telling people who shop at the company’s stores that their purchases would be recorded and tracked, but that they would be offered something of value in return: rewards for buying the things they like best.

In an age of “Big Data,” companies are scrambling to better target their communications with customers. If done right, businesses hope that this will eliminate more of the irrelevant advertising that makes people tune out at best and irritates them at worst.

But it has also thrown the advertising industry into a potentially damaging situation. As more of our behaviour is tracked, both online and off, many consumers are becoming wary about how their information is stored and used. Combine that with repeated instances of massive breaches of data security, and the corporate world faces the threat of losing the trust of consumers altogether....One area where consumer data is particularly important is in mobile advertising, where companies send people real-time offers on their mobile phones. But consumers are cautious. In supermarkets, 66 per cent of Canadians said that offers on their phones would make them uncomfortable.

“The complexity of the context is something that, if a marketer doesn’t feel their way through that, they can misstep,”
massive_data_sets  Loblaws  Susan_Krashinsky  data_breaches  mobile  contextual  advertising  loyalty_management  Aimia  privacy  risks  location_based_services  missteps 
november 2014 by jerryking
Is this the death of the grocery store? - The Globe and Mail
SYLVAIN CHARLEBOIS
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Oct. 13 2014
grocery  supermarkets  Loblaws  Wal-Mart  Sylvain_Charlebois 
october 2014 by jerryking
Loblaw targets food-savvy Canadians in major marketing overhaul - The Globe and Mail
SUSAN KRASHINSKY - MARKETING REPORTER
TORONTO — The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Sep. 17 2014

Loblaw has partnered with Google Inc. to build a “food pulse index,” which will track online conversations about food across Canada. It will publish the results on a regularly updated map on the corporate website, which will show food trends by region.

And the content on the site and on Loblaw’s social media channels will be determined by what people are talking about. If beets are a hot topic, for example, the retailer will serve up images, recipes, polls and information about the root vegetable. If people are wondering about gluten-free Thanksgiving meals, Loblaw will respond.

The Google trends will influence not just marketing, but also product development at the retail giant.
Susan_Krashinsky  Loblaws  marketing  branding  brands  Google  product_development  trends 
october 2014 by jerryking
Sweet salvation: Can stevia be food producers' Holy Grail? - The Globe and Mail
SUSAN KRASHINSKY - MARKETING REPORTER
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Aug. 08 2014
Susan_Krashinsky  stevia  sugar  Loblaws  private_labels 
august 2014 by jerryking
Rexall reinvents itself in a bid to boost profitability - The Globe and Mail
MARINA STRAUSS - RETAILING REPORTER
The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Jun. 04 2014

Rexall’s transformation entails everything from replacing its deep blue and orange signature colours with “pool-side” aqua to launching new profit-friendly private label lines such as Be Better and adding more food. A key weapon of choice is offering flu shots and health consultations....Even so, Rexall may need to team up with another player, such as grocer Sobeys or discounter Wal-Mart Canada Corp. or Quebec-based pharmacy specialist Jean Coutu, Mr. Torella suggested. Rexall runs pharmacies in Ontario and Western Canada but none in Quebec nor Eastern Canada, where Sobeys operates drugstores..... Joe Jackman and his Jackman Reinvention Inc. firm, which helped revive Duane Reade and other retailers, is now advising Rexall in its change process.
pharmaceutical_industry  Loblaws  Marina_Strauss  retailers  reinvention  pharmacies  boutiques 
july 2014 by jerryking
Discount wars push Canada’s mid-priced grocery stores upscale - The Globe and Mail
MARINA STRAUSS - RETAILING REPORTER
MISSISSAUGA — The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Apr. 15 2014,
supermarkets  grocery  retailers  Loblaws  Longo  Whole_Foods  gourmands  gourmet  foodies  Eataly 
june 2014 by jerryking
Wal-Mart makes gains in cutthroat grocery sector - The Globe and Mail
MARINA STRAUSS - RETAILING REPORTER
The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, May. 15 2014

Wal-Mart executives “will use their deep pockets and low-cost structure to outlast the competition until somebody else blinks,” said Jim Danahy, program director of the centre of excellence in retail leadership at York University’s Schulich School of Business and CEO of consultancy CustomerLAB.

At the same time, Loblaw and Sobeys, the country’s largest and second largest grocers, respectively, are aggressively seeking savings from their recent mergers, he said. Loblaw acquired Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. and Sobeys’ parent Empire Co. bought Safeway Canada.
retailers  Marina_Strauss  Wal-Mart  e-commerce  grocery  supermarkets  Loblaws  competitive_landscape 
may 2014 by jerryking
Loblaw plans to battle Amazon and Wal-Mart with online food operation - The Globe and Mail
MARINA STRAUSS - RETAILING REPORTER
TORONTO — The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, May. 01 2014,

Food e-commerce is one of the last frontiers of online retailing in Canada – a tough sector to penetrate because of the added costs of keeping food fresh and handling a lot of low-cost bulky items, from canned pop to soup.
Loblaws  e-commerce  Marina_Strauss  AmazonFresh  fresh_produce  retailers  Wal-Mart  Amazon  contra-Amazon 
may 2014 by jerryking
Grocer Metro faces cost headwinds - The Globe and Mail
Marina Strauss
- Retailing Reporter


The Globe and Mail

Published
Wednesday, Apr. 16 2014
retailers  Marina_Strauss  Metro  Loblaws  grocery  supermarkets 
april 2014 by jerryking
New software allows insurers to track driving habits and personalize premiums - The Globe and Mail
OMAR EL AKKAD

The Globe and Mail

Published Monday, Aug. 19 2013,

The ability to monitor and adapt to the behaviour of individual customers, for example, was part of the rationale for last month’s announcement by Loblaw Cos. Ltd. that it will acquire Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. for $12.4-billion. Shoppers’ Optimum loyalty program will give Loblaw purchasing information on some 10 million customers.
Omar_el_Akkad  telematics  insurance  personalization  massive_data_sets  pattern_recognition  data_mining  sensors  meat_space  SAP  Shoppers  loyalty_management  Loblaws 
january 2014 by jerryking
The high cost of low food prices - The Globe and Mail
Sylvain Charlebois

Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Monday, Jan. 06 2014
food  pricing  retailers  consolidation  Loblaws  Wal-Mart  Sylvain_Charlebois  high-cost 
january 2014 by jerryking
Wicked Thai Chicken Soup
By Jen September 13, 2010

4 stalks lemongrass cut in 4 " lengths, remove outer sheath and the hard ends. Hit the stalk a few times with the back of a knife or a heavy frying pan,
1 Tbsp olive oil
397gr (2 medium) onion finely minced - shallot’s work good too.
3 Tbsp garlic clove, minced
60gr Thai red curry paste - I use Maesri brand .5 of a can.
10 slices of galangal (fresh or frozen) Do not peel, slice into six 1/8" thick slices
10 kaffir lime leaves
12 cups of good chicken stock
2 pound of boneless, skinless chicken breast sliced into strips
1 can straw muchrooms chopped and drained.
15gr Dried Porcini mushrooms (about 1 cup) soak in water for a few hours or over night (add water with mushrooms to soup.
3 cans of unsweetened coconut milk
Juice of 3 limes
4 TBS Nam Pla (fish sauce) (mothers best has the least sodium so used that)
3 green onion sliced on the diagonal
1 cup minced cilantro
To thicken the soup I used “THICKENTHIN NOT/STARCH™ THICKENER” but I am sure corn starch would work.
3 cups of already cooked brown rice.,
1, 28fl oz can of diced tomatoes.
recipes  soups  Thailand  Loblaws  coconuts 
november 2013 by jerryking
Loblaw reducing work force by 275 employees - The Globe and Mail
Marina Strauss - Retailing Reporter

The Globe and Mail

Published Wednesday, Oct. 16 2013

Loblaw Cos. Ltd. is going through another round of job cuts as it races to bolster its operations in the face of intensifying competition.

The country’s largest grocer is reducing its staff of about 134,000 full-time and part-time employees by 275 people, mostly management and administration positions, spokesman Bob Chant confirmed on Wednesday morning. Just over 200 of the cuts are from Loblaw’s Brampton, Ont., head office with “minimal impact at the store level.”
head_offices  Loblaws  layoffs  Marina_Strauss  grocery  supermarkets 
october 2013 by jerryking
globeadvisor.com: Labour costs in spotlight as grocery wars shift to front lines
October 1, 2013 | Report on Business |MARINA STRAUSS.

Grocers are grappling with consolidation, as well as essentially zero inflation this year, forcing them to try to reduce costs, said Sylvain Charlebois, a food policy professor at the University of Guelph in Ontario. "Margins are very tight," he said.
Marina_Strauss  retailers  grocery  supermarkets  unions  Loblaws  Metro  Wal-Mart  Target  Sobeys  Safeway  UFCW  Sylvain_Charlebois 
october 2013 by jerryking
How foodies influence the things we eat - The Globe and Mail
Aug. 27 2013 | The Globe and Mail | SUSAN KRASHINSKY.

Foodies’ impact on the industry has never been greater. “Particularly over the last five years, we’ve seen a real, dramatic shift in consumer behaviour as it relates to food,” says Robert Carter, executive director of food service at NPD, a market research company,...Taking on the mantle of a foodie brand means that already food-obsessed product developers have to work harder to stay on top of the trends than ever before. And at the same time, they have to be careful not to jump on every bandwagon – it’s a fine balance between finding the next hot item and becoming too niche.

To draw inspiration, they go where the foodies are. That means eating out in restaurants regularly and attending food shows. But it goes even farther; most trends are informed by international cuisine, and so Loblaws developers spend a lot of time on planes....Geoff Wilson, president of food-service consulting firm FSstrategy.
Loblaws  foodies  Susan_Krashinsky  management_consulting  food  product_development 
october 2013 by jerryking
Retailers warn of spreading ‘bloodbath’ - The Globe and Mail
Sep. 17 2013| The Globe and Mail | MARINA STRAUSS - RETAILING REPORTER.

The added stress is felt acutely in Canada’s grocery industry, which is the victim of an essentially “zero-sum game,” Perry Caicco, retail analyst at CIBC World Markets, said in a recent report. He projects that sales will pick up by about $1.6-billion this year – with little or no inflation – but that sales tied to the expansion of retail floor space “will eat up most of the sales growth.” As a result, grocers can expect almost no real sales increases this year or next at stores open a year or more, a critical retail measure, he warned.

“The market is not easy,” said Vicente Trius, president of Loblaw Cos. Ltd., which this summer unveiled its massive $12.4-billion deal to acquire Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. to help take on rivals.

“This generates pressure in the market because you have a consumer who spends less,” Mr. Trius said.....Retailers are also teaming up with others to gain economies of scale and round out their businesses. About a month before Loblaw announced its deal for Shoppers, Sobeys said it would buy Safeway Canada for $5.8-billion to help bolster its foothold in Western Canada.
competitive_landscape  retailers  Marina_Strauss  Loblaws  Wal-Mart  Costco  Target  Rona  slow_growth  economies_of_scale  zero-sum_game  mergers_&_acquisitions  M&A 
september 2013 by jerryking
Dave Nichol: The man who revolutionized branding, and made simple exotic
Sep. 26 2013, | The Globe and Mail |SUSAN KRASHINSKY And MARINA STRAUSS

The Globe and Mail

Published Thursday,
obituaries  marketing  private_labels  Loblaws  retailers  Marina_Strauss  Susan_Krashinsky  branding  supermarkets  grocery 
september 2013 by jerryking
Loblaw’s big bet on thinking small - The Globe and Mail
Jul. 16 2013 | G&M | SUSAN KRASHINSKY AND JOSH KERR.
(Charles Waud & WaudWare)
The push into the small-format direction is driven by changing consumer habits, as demands on time force consumers to look for more one-stop shopping solutions in their neighbourhoods, without having to drive to bigger retailers. The convenience store industry has already responded by attempting to alter its down-market image and offering more fresh foods. Loblaw has integrated pharmacies, as well as health and beauty products, into its locations. And along with Shoppers, drugstores have increasingly been selling everything from digital cameras and iPods to milk and dry goods, household items, and expanded beauty products.

This not only helps those retailers to market themselves to busy, younger urban shoppers, but it also addresses Canada’s aging population. Seniors are the fastest-growing demographic group in the country, and prefer to stick closer to home when running errands, Mr. Tyghe observed. “It’s very much about proximity and convenience.”

While the new general store model has worked for Shoppers – the price per share of Loblaw’s offer represents a 27-per-cent premium to Shoppers’ closing price a day before the announcement – there is room for Shoppers to improve in its food offerings, said Doug Stephens, author of The Retail Revival. The challenge, he said, will be to augment that section with some of Loblaw’s products without disrupting the overall shopping experience.

“They have to be very careful with the Shoppers Drug Mart model – a lot of allegiance there,” Mr. Stephens said.

Ultimately, the advantages for Shoppers stem from the buying power the chain inherits, which will allow it to provide whatever product mix works for changing consumer habits at a lower cost.

The “buying clout and synergies” Shoppers would gain post-acquisition will prompt competitors to find ways to match these benefits, said Kevin Grier, a senior market analyst at the George Morris Centre
big_bets  buying_power  convenience_stores  digital_cameras  downsizing  grocery  Loblaws  mergers_&_acquisitions  one-stop_shop  pharmacies  post-deal_integration  proximity  retailers  Shoppers  size  small_spaces  store_footprints  supermarkets  supply_chains  Susan_Krashinsky  synergies  time-strapped 
august 2013 by jerryking
Grocery wars spur industry consolidation - The Globe and Mail
Grocery wars spur industry consolidation Add to ...

MARINA STRAUSS

RETAILING REPORTER — The Globe and Mail

Published Wednesday, Aug. 14 2013
Target  Sobeys  Loblaws  Shoppers  Metro  grocery  supermarkets  competitive_landscape  consolidation 
august 2013 by jerryking
Loblaw’s timely acquisition amid rivalries
Jul. 24 2013 | The Globe and Mail |MARINA STRAUSS - RETAILING REPORTER




Published
Wednesday, ,
Loblaws  Shoppers  Marina_Strauss  Target  Wal-Mart  supermarkets  grocery  competitive_landscape  retailers 
august 2013 by jerryking
Beyond loyalty: Why retailers track your every purchase - The Globe and Mail
OMAR EL AKKAD AND JOSH KERR

The Globe and Mail

Published
Friday, Jul. 19 2013,

Using variants of the same tools that banks and insurance companies use to detect patterns of account fraud, retail chains in Canada and the U.S. mine their customers’ shopping patterns looking for opportunities to personalize the shopping experience. For example, earlier this year, Shoppers began rolling out a personalized e-mail brochure to each of its loyalty card customers. The e-mails often contain offers not found in their general flyers, as well as limited-time discounts on the sorts of products that individual customers have purchased in the past.

“We’ve had the data for a while now and it has allowed us to make improvements within the store format, but now we’re taking it to the next level,” says Tammy Smitham, vice president of communications and corporate affairs at Shoppers. “We’re giving them exactly what they’re shopping for.”
retailers  customer_loyalty  Omar_el_Akkad  SAS  data_mining  massive_data_sets  store_footprints  Loblaws  Shoppers  personal_data  loyalty_management  Turnstyle 
august 2013 by jerryking
As consumers fret over prices, big grocers take fight Down East
Jul. 26 2013 | The Globe and Mail | by MARINA STRAUSS - RETAILING REPORTER.
Fresh Intelligence Research Corp.

Marc Poulin, chief executive officer of Sobeys, told analysts consumers are unpredictable and will check prices at different stores, keeping grocers on their toes.

“As retailers, we have to be especially sharp to entice the customer to spend the extra dollar,” he said. “I think the market is getting very competitive, that’s for sure, and it’s the result of the fact that we have a fickle consumer and a lot of square footage being added to the marketplace.”
Atlantic_Canada  Marina_Strauss  grocery  supermarkets  Loblaws  Shoppers  Wal-Mart  retailers 
july 2013 by jerryking
What sent Shoppers and Loblaw down the aisle? Wal-Mart - The Globe and Mail
Jul. 19 2013 | The Globe and Mail | Sylvain Charlebois.

Wal-Mart’s purchase of Woolco in 1994 remains the most transformational transaction in Canada’s food retailing industry. Everything happening in food distribution today continues to be affected by it. Most Canadians didn’t realize it then, but Wal-Mart’s entrance into the Canadian market would change everything: the way we shop; what we buy; and, most importantly, how we buy and value food.

Ever since Wal-Mart entered the Canadian market, it never hid its ambition of becoming Canada’s top food retailer, as it has in the United States.
Shoppers  Loblaws  mergers_&_acquisitions  Sylvain_Charlebois  M&A  food  distribution_channels  Wal-Mart  grocery  supermarkets  retailers  Quebec  Sobeys  Target 
july 2013 by jerryking
With Shoppers, Loblaw targets coveted urban market - The Globe and Mail
SUSAN KRASHINSKY - MARKETING REPORTER

The Globe and Mail

Published Monday, Jul. 15 2013
Loblaws  retailers  M&A  mergers_&_acquisitions  urban  Susan_Krashinsky  Shoppers 
july 2013 by jerryking
Sears joins retail’s real estate push
Jun. 04 2013 | The Globe and Mail | MARINA STRAUSS - RETAILING REPORTER.

“Everyone is milking their real estate,” said Jack Klaiman, president at retail real estate adviser Oberfeld Snowcap. “This is the hidden asset. … It’s a smart move.”.... “Real estate has always been a valuable aspect of many businesses, particularly in retail,” he added. “This is the right development opportunity for us to pursue.”

Real estate is a hot commodity in retail as a growing array of foreign retailers look for sites here amid a dearth of locations. Retailers, including Nordstrom, are believed to be interested in some Sears sites, especially its flagship store at the Toronto Eaton Centre, where its head office also is located.
head_offices  commercial_real_estate  real_estate  Marina_Strauss  REITS  retailers  Loblaws  Canadian_Tire  hidden  Sears_Canada 
june 2013 by jerryking
Unlikely expansion: When retail brands go wholesale -
Apr. 16 2013 | The Globe and Mail | MARINA STRAUSS - RETAILING REPORTER.

Aldo Group Inc. is on the hunt for retail space – inside the stores of other retailers, as the shoe specialist pursues a cost-conscious expansion in which it is teaming up with a growing roster of indirect rivals.

Merchants ranging from Aldo to fashion purveyor Joe Fresh (owned by grocery giant Loblaw Cos. Ltd.), Reitmans (Canada) Ltd. and Hudson’s Bay Co., have stepped up their partnering efforts, even as they raise the stakes by being tied to sometimes unstable chains....multichannel distribution allows rapid expansion into new markets without the expense or time needed to open new stores....Retailers are trying to cash in on brand awareness and production expertise to reach more customers in a cost-savvy way. But the business model isn’t without drawbacks, as merchants lose some control over the placement, prominence and marketing of their products....For years, in a reverse trend, manufacturers – from Nine West to Apple – have set up their own standalone stores to showcase their products and ensure their brands are not lost among many others within a larger retailer.

“Retailers want to be wholesalers and wholesalers want to be retailers,” Mr. Lichtszral said. “The lines are blurred everywhere … Wholesale distributors are opening their own websites and shipping directly to the consumer and, in doing that, are technically competing with their retail customers.”
growth  retailers  brands  distribution_channels  Aldo  Loblaws  Nine_West  Apple  wholesalers  multichannel  omnichannel  Joe_Fresh  partnerships  Reitmans  HBC  business_models  drawbacks  merchandising  manufacturers  expansions  store_within_a_store  cost-consciousness  Marina_Strauss  standalone  Fortune_500 
may 2013 by jerryking
Wal-Mart expansion eggs on Canadian food fight
Apr. 24 2013 |The Globe and Mail | MARINA STRAUSS.

the most immediate threat isn’t so much the newest player, discounter Target Corp., which is getting a lot of attention as it opens its first stores here, but rather low-cost titan Wal-Mart Canada Corp. It has launched an aggressive $450-million expansion this year after snapping up former Zellers stores from Target, building up full food offerings in Wal-Mart supercentres while Target offers only a limited fresh food selection.....Ontario is ground zero for the fiercest food fight in years after Wal-Mart rushed last fall to open its new supercentres before Target rolled out its first 24 outlets in that province last month, with 100 more opening across the country in 2013.

An uncertain economy has put pressure on supermarkets such as Metro and industry leader Loblaw Cos. Ltd. to find new avenues of growth, including the burgeoning ethnic market.
...The grocers are also focused on improving their fresh offerings to serve as a key differentiator, investing in its distribution to ensure that products get to stores faster and stay fresh longer.

And they’re betting more on loyalty programs, trying to sway customers by offering them deals that are personalized for them, and in the process collect more data to monitor customer demands more precisely.
Marina_Strauss  food  retailers  ethnic_communities  Loblaws  supermarkets  Wal-Mart  Metro  grocery  Target  big-box 
may 2013 by jerryking
Is your wardrobe killing Bangladeshis, or saving them? - The Globe and Mail
Apr. 27 2013 |The Globe and Mail | DOUG SAUNDERS.

1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, in which 146 Jewish and Italian immigrants, many under 18, roasted or plunged to their deaths after the owner of the Manhattan clothing factory ignored fire-safety warnings and locked workers inside...led to a changing of the shape of North American cities, factories and working lives: It’s the reason why fire-escape stairs and sprinklers are now ubiquitous; it’s also part of the reason why blue-collar wages, working conditions and child-labour laws improved in the decades that followed, creating the last great period of upward mobility.

There’s good reason to hope for a similar transformation in Bangladesh – especially if consumers demand high standards from their brands, as they have done with considerable success in China.

Garment-factory w orkers in Bangladesh, China, India, Mexico and other corners of the developing world are not victims. They have sought out this work, and they want to be agents of their own fate. They often get a raw deal, but they’re enduring these jobs because the jobs are an improvement over any other alternative – and their engagement with the West’s consumer markets can be the vehicle to greater empowerment.
Doug_Saunders  Bangladesh  Loblaws  exploitation  apparel  unintended_consequences  workplaces  safety  developing_countries 
may 2013 by jerryking
Amazon.ca: Books, bath and beyond
Mar. 28 2013| The Globe and Mail | MARINA STRAUSS

The Globe and Mail

Published Thursday,
e-commerce  Amazon  personal_care_products  Wal-Mart  Loblaws  Shoppers  Marina_Strauss  retailers 
march 2013 by jerryking
Marketers develop a taste for aspiring foodies
Dec. 27 2012 | The Globe and Mail | SUSAN KRASHINSKY - MARKETING REPORTER.

Loblaw's President’s Choice Black Label Collection targets a growing consumer population: foodies.

The Black Label products launched late last year, but in limited distribution at first in select parts of Ontario. With the nationwide rollout now complete, there has been a bigger push to advertise the products this holiday season.
marketing  grocery  Loblaws  private_labels  brands  branding  gourmands  gourmet  food  foodies  market_segmentation  product_launches  rollouts 
december 2012 by jerryking
Weston-Loblaw link puts heat on bread business - The Globe and Mail
MARINA STRAUSS - RETAILING REPORTER

The Globe and Mail

Published Monday, Nov. 26 2012
retailers  Loblaws  Marina_Strauss  George_Weston  bread 
december 2012 by jerryking
Loblaw to cut 700 head office jobs - The Globe and Mail
BERT MAROTTE

The Globe and Mail

Published Tuesday, Oct. 16 2012,
head_offices  Loblaws  layoffs 
october 2012 by jerryking
Data mismatch lets Joe Fresh goods go stale - The Globe and Mail
MARINA STRAUSS - RETAILING REPORTER

The Globe and Mail

Published Thursday, Jul. 26 2012
Joe_Fresh  Mimran  Loblaws  Marina_Strauss  J.C._Penney  retailers  mismatches  data 
july 2012 by jerryking
THE EVE OF BATTLE
Oct 2006 | Canadian Grocer 120. 8 (): 38-39,41,43. | Andrew Allentuck

Wal-Mart's success in the U.S. was built on conquering the fragmented and relatively inefficient grocery market, says [John Chamberlain]. But Canada is likely to be different. "It it were a slam dunk, Wal-Mart's Supercentres would have been here a lot sooner. If you read into the time they have taken to arrive, there is a recognition that this market is going to be very challenging." As award-winning Business Week senior writer Anthony Bianco said, in The Bully of Bentonville (Random House, 2006), "It is far from certain that even Wal-Mart can thrive in a Wal-Mart world."

What will Canadian retail grocery be like a few years down the road? Chamberlain figures that Wal-Mart will take over packaged goods. "It can dominate the field. Everybody knows what a box of detergent should cost and nobody wants to pay 40% more at a competitor," he says. By sheer massive buying power, with savings passed along to consumers, Wal-Mart will take a lot of the centre store grocery. Rut in differentiated goods, from lettuce to meat, bakery to meal replacement, the market may not tumble to Wal-Mart. To the extent that people are prepared to pay more for quality or even just differentiation, Wal-Mart will have trouble maintaining its winner-takes-it-all momentum, he suggests.

There is also the union question. In China, faced with the pro-union policy of the incumbent government, the company has agreed to work with them. Chinese unions are not trenchant opponents of management. Rather, they work at "promoting good relations between employers and workers," reports the Wall Street journal. If unions did capture Wal-Mart Supercentres, they might raise payroll costs and hinder the company's aggressive cost reduction strategy. Wal-Mart may remain hostile to unions in North America. It shut its Jonquière, Que. store after it was certified by the United Food and Commercial Workers union. The February 2005 shutdown sent a message that was undeniably clear. Bomb threats and temporary store closings followed, Bianco recalls. The cost of Wal-Mart's image was huge, but, as Bianco admits, "The allure of cut-rate prices and convenient locations is not easily resisted."
ProQuest  buying_power  Wal-Mart  grocery  Metro  Sobeys  Loblaws  fragmented_markets  retailers  CPG  winner-take-all 
july 2012 by jerryking
Exotic vegetables coming soon from a farmer near you - The Globe and Mail
Jan. 05, 2012 | Globe & Mail | Rita Trichur.

One estimate pegs domestic sales of exotic vegetables at roughly $800-million a year. The bulk of that produce is imported from the Caribbean, South America and Asia. But with demand booming, Canadian farmers have a fresh incentive to carve out a meaningful slice of that market by diversifying their crops.

Although cooler Canadian climates can present a production challenge, scientists spearheading world crop research at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre near Niagara Falls, Ont., say a surprising number of exotic vegetables can be successfully grown across the country.
vegetables  ethnic_communities  demographic_changes  farming  agriculture  food  Wal-Mart  Sobeys  immigrants  Loblaws 
january 2012 by jerryking
Loblaw seeks to revive claim as foodie temple - The Globe and Mail
MARINA STRAUSS — RETAILING REPORTER
Includes correction
Published Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011
Loblaws  Marina_Strauss  retailers 
december 2011 by jerryking
Loblaw’s Joe Fresh enters cutthroat U.S. market - The Globe and Mail
marina strauss — RETAILING REPORTER
From Tuesday's Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Oct. 10, 2011

Loblaw executives are rolling the dice despite the poor track record of Canadian retailers – including the grocer – in the U.S. Loblaw is among a string of domestic merchants forced to retreat from the U.S. market, unable to find a niche and succeed in the ultra-competitive landscape. And while Joe Fresh is a familiar brand among fashionistas, it’s far from a household name south of the border.
Mimran  Marina_Strauss  crossborder  retailers  Loblaws 
october 2011 by jerryking
Kraft calls on star chefs to capture immigrant market - The Globe and Mail
Apr. 12, 2011 |G&M | WENCY LEUNG. Major North American food
companies have been expanding their overseas mkts. for decades. But
targeting ethnic consumers on home turf is still relatively uncharted
territory. Industry analysts say that’s changing, as shifting
demographics in Canada force mainstream food companies to recognize new
growth opportunities among domestic minority groups. Last yr, Campbell
Canada launched a new line of halal-certified soups to cater to a
growing population of Muslim Canadians. This past February, the
country’s largest grocer, Loblaw, appointed a new president with
extensive knowledge of Asian markets. Following Loblaw’s 2009 purchase
of Asian supermarket chain T&T, the company’s appointment of Vicente
Trius as president underscores its intention to attract diverse
customers.As Loblaw exec. chair. Galen Weston said at the appointment,
Mr. Trius “has an understanding of Asian retail, South Asian retail and
what constitutes a great way to grab those customers.”
Kraft  ethnic_communities  immigrants  Loblaws  demographic_changes  uncharted_problems  food  retailers  product_launches  chefs 
april 2011 by jerryking
Joe Fresh's global expansion plan: first, he takes Manhattan - The Globe and Mail
Feb. 23, 2011 Globe and Mail MARINA STRAUSS. Joe Mimran is
returning to Manhattan with plans to test the first four Joe Fresh
stores in New York this fall, including a flagship on Fifth Avenue
several blocks from Club Monaco. In his latest U.S. foray, he envisions
the potential for as many as 800 Joe Fresh outlets in the U.S. within
five years, as well as expansion beyond North America,
Marina_Strauss  growth  crossborder  Loblaws  Mimran  Manhattan  New_York_City  retailers  expansions 
february 2011 by jerryking
Battle for consumer heats up -
Aug. 21, 2010 | The Globe and Mail | Marina Strauss Retailing Reporter.
retailers  retailing  Marina_Strauss  Loblaws  private_labels  China 
august 2010 by jerryking
The Mimrans: simple, clean and modern style
Aug. 13, 2010 | The Globe and Mail | Marina Strauss Retailing Reporter
Marina_Strauss  Mimran  product_development  HBC  Loblaws 
august 2010 by jerryking
Harness the power of design thinking
May. 06, 2010 | The Globe and Mail | Rasha Mourtada. design
thinking actually imagines what people might want and concretizes it.”
“Before someone created a loft space, everyone wanted eight-foot
ceilings. But when this other option was introduced, people gravitated
to it. The power of design thinking is introducing these new paradigms.”
Instead of approaching the design of a product – or a customer-service
experience, or a workflow or any other aspect of business – with the
idea of improving something that already exists, put the original idea
aside for a moment and start with a clean slate.

Imagining the possibilities is one thing. But how does that translate
into doing?
Rasha_Mourtada  design  Rotman  uToronto  Umbra  Loblaws  Four_Seasons  Indigo 
may 2010 by jerryking
Loblaw's Joe Fresh creator to revitalize general merchandise
February 18, 2010 | Globe & Mail | by Marina Strauss. Joe
Mimran managed to do what many thought wasn't possible: He made grocery
giant Loblaw Cos. Ltd. a destination for cheap-chic fashion.

Now Loblaw executives are betting that Mr. Mimran can do for its ailing
non-food businesses what he did in its fashion aisles. He now has been
handed the added responsibility for Loblaw's other general-merchandise
sections, including home furnishings, electronics, sporting goods,
books, toys and hardware.
Loblaws  Mimran  Marina_Strauss  revitalization 
february 2010 by jerryking
Loblaw takes aim at rivals
Feb. 11, 2010 | The Globe & Mail | by Marina Strauss.
Loblaw Cos. Ltd., a trailblazer in low-cost private labels such as
President's Choice, is testing an array of new “discount” store brands
aimed at attracting more shoppers and fending off a legion of new
players in the grocery business. The strategy of promoting what some
retail experts refer to as “fighter” brands is similar to one being used
by grocery giant Tesco PLC in Britain to take on mighty Wal-Mart Stores
Inc. and other discounters. Now, Loblaw is borrowing a page from the
British private-label playbook by introducing a bevy of brands at its No
Frills discount stores, a move that could spiral into a new food fight
in Canada.

The move comes amid rising competition in the grocery sector. Retailers
ranging from Canadian Tire to Shoppers Drug Mart and Wal-Mart are adding
more food products to their shelves.
Marina_Strauss  grocery  private_labels  Loblaws  Wal-Mart  Tesco  retailers  sub-brands  product_extensions  niches  fragmentation  pre-emption  playbooks 
february 2010 by jerryking
Memories of Excellence
Jan. 26, 2007 | The Globe & Mail | by MARINA STRAUSS
Loblaws  Marina_Strauss  retailers 
november 2009 by jerryking
TheStar.com | Insight | No ordinary Joe
Mar 22, 2009 04:30 AM | Toronto Star | Cathal Kelly
Article describes how Joseph Mimran of Joe Fresh fame reached pinnacle of Canadian fashion by going down-market
mens'_clothing  fashion  Mimran  serial_entrepreneur  Loblaws  Cathal_Kelly 
march 2009 by jerryking
globeandmail.com: Fresh idea helps turn Loblaw's fortunes around
February 7, 2009 G&M article by MARINA STRAUSS reports on
how
Loblaw's bet three years ago that the cheap chic Joe Fresh Style fashion
collection would help the grocery chain meet the challenge of archrival
discounter Wal-Mart Canada Corp.
grocery  underserved  strategy  marketing  Joe_Fresh  retailers  Loblaws  Wal-Mart  Mimran  creativity  innovation  Marina_Strauss  turnarounds 
february 2009 by jerryking

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