Retail

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Canadian retail sales began 2021 on an uneven note

Ed Strapagiel’s latest analysis shows a wide variance between categories, as well as recovery trends from the end of last year.

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Sport Chek creates a checklist for inspiring everyday athletes

The retailer’s first wholly in-house campaign takes a refreshed approach to making an active lifestyle more accessible.

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Up to the Minute: IKEA makes a trip downtown

Plus, Citoyen names new leader in Quebec and BIMM picks up an assignment from Trillium Health.

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Canadian Tire tops list of most reputable companies

Shoppers Drug Mart ranked second on Leger’s annual ranking, while Amazon and Walmart took big hits.

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Canadian Tire ends the countdown to spring

The retailer leans into heightened anticipation Canadians have for getting outside by showing it has everything they might need.

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George Weston to sell Weston Foods

The company says it intends to focus on retail and real estate, and has made some executive changes at Loblaw.

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Loblaws shows how food lovers have adapted to the pandemic

The grocer’s latest “Food Lovers Unite” campaign uses the platform’s core insight to bring joy back to the tedium of lockdowns.

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Up to the Minute: Doug & Partners names new managing director

Plus, Le Chateau is up for sale and Weber fires up the grill with a new AOR.

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IKEA turns scraps into wraps (and a lot of other meals)

The home retailer tries a more direct route to inspire people to use leftover food, like a cookbook and livestreams with chefs.

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Empire grows its ecomm business with Longo’s purchase

The deal, structured so the Sobeys parent co will achieve sole ownership over time, includes developing Grocery Gateway independently of Voila.

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Cannabis brands are still high on the in-store experience

Catering to different segments, price tiers and education levels could help drive differentiation in a saturated retail market.

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Sleep Country’s aggressive digital push pays off

The retailer’s ecommerce play and Endy acquisition have untapped significant growth. But there’s still value in physical stores.

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How Oliver & Bonacini helps Voila’s differentiation

Pre-cooked meals from the upscale caterer, prepared in Farm Boy kitchens, aim to show innovation in delivery isn’t just about fulfilment.

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A retailer’s role in the push for sustainable packaging

As CPGs rethink supply chains and join programs like Loop, stores must consider how they use existing physical assets.

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Walmart is trying its own spin on ghost kitchens

The retailer teams up with Ghost Kitchen Brands to enhance its one-stop proposition with a range of restaurant options.