Loblaws

M & A Frenzy Continues in Retail

M & A Frenzy Continues in Retail

Expect the Retail Merger & Acquisition binge to continue. In the past weeks, Sobeys bought Safeway Canada; Kroger bought Harris Teeter, and today Loblaws bought Shopper Drug Mart for $12 B. In theory, that puts in play London Drugs, Jean Coutu & Katz (Rexall, Pharmaplus) for Metro or Sobeys to buy. Also: Menards, Shopko & Canadian [...]

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June in Retail: Lots of NEWS Traffic!

June in Retail: Lots of NEWS Traffic!

June was stunningly busy in retail. In terms of news, at least. If  you follow retail (why wouldn’t you? It’s a terrific forum for battles of strategy & execution!), fyi some links: WINNERS: Sobeys buys Safeway Canada. In any acquisition, the ‘culture fit’ is a huge issue- and that certainly remains unresolved. But the geographic fit is exquisite [...]

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Canada’s Ethics Standards Reveal Givers,Takers

Canada’s Ethics Standards Reveal Givers,Takers

There are those who give and those who take. When a nation tries to set a squeaky clean ethical standard, as Canada TRIES to do, there will be those firms who honour that effort- and a few who ride on the efforts of others, using that reputation to their own advantage. Canadians of generations past worked hard [...]

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Loblaws Gets Achilles Surgery

Loblaws Gets Achilles Surgery

News last week that Loblaws is getting a digital loyalty program, PC Plus. Wait -you mean an IMPROVED mobile loyalty program, right? Nope. Their  first! Why has Canada’s strategically savvy retailer taken soooo long to seize this opportunity? Sobeys has had a Club Sobeys reward program for ages; Metro has gathered my shopping data via Air Miles, [...]

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Warlike Strategy #1 for Canadian Retail: Hunkering Down

Warlike Strategy #1 for Canadian Retail: Hunkering Down

This week I made my students to back up a step to see the big picture- macro competitive strategies. As a ‘list guy’ I’m a tad obsessed with categorizing. Following is my list of the Sun Tzu / Von Clausewitz war strategies that best apply to business competitive methods: Hunker Down & Defend/Enhance the core: [...]

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Domestic Retailer Plays a ‘Heritage’ Card

Domestic Retailer Plays a ‘Heritage’ Card

You may have sen recent Canadian Tire Corp (CTC) ads that proudly remind us how they’ve been part of Canadian consumers’ lives for generations. The new ads also allude to some of their past ads (incl. an icon ad: sentimental hard-working farmer brings home a hard-won bike for a surprised, appreciative son). Canadian Tire is [...]

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When Can You Sleep With the Enemy?

When Can You Sleep With the Enemy?

I suspect this post is a work-in-process (believe it or not, most of my posts are fully formed thoughts, according to my crude standards). Topic For a Sunday: When can you sleep with the enemy? What brought this to mind? This week’s news that WalMart is dropping the Amazon Kindle. You might find that consorting [...]

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Loblaws a Jekyll & Hyde Act

Loblaws a Jekyll & Hyde Act

Yesterday at Loblaws, a watershed moment. For the first time, I saw a ‘PC Points’ sign at Point Of Sale AND was asked by a cashier if I’m a PC Points member. Why watershed? Because Loblaws has been clueless on the possibilities of technology in loyalty marketing, and that has hurt them. In fact, Loblaws [...]

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At Least One Greek Thing Is Hot…

At Least One Greek Thing Is Hot…

Greek Yogurt. Like yogurt, it’s cool. But unlike Greece, it’s hot. Seems like everyone is jumping on this hot craze. Nielsen says sales of the mystical healthy treat are up 100% in 3 years. Not bad growth. Ben & Jerry’s is now on board; Danone’s Oikos’ line, too. Loblaws’ ever-savvy trend watchers have a Presidents [...]

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Food Trends Make Your Mouth Water

Food Trends Make Your Mouth Water

Sometimes I see new food trends when wandering in boutiques or ethnic shops in Kensington Market, Little Italy, Korea Town, etc. But- lucky break!- sometimes, someone does the search work for me! Loblaws Insiders Report is a smartly written, intriguing digest of what’s new & what’s new & grabbing enough consumer attention for a new [...]

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