Canada news

22 February 2021
In our report on Valentine’s Day 2021 , we highlight five key themes from the event and explore best-in class retail execution from the UK and beyond. In this article we round up some of our favourite examples of in-store execution from the UK and Canada. M&S: creating an immersive in-store experience Marks & Spencer created a vibrant, love-themed vibe in-store. Its standalone fixtures dis...
19 February 2021
In an update for analysts, Walmart has outlined its capital expenditure plans for the year ahead and the continued transformation of its business. Uniquely Walmart Walmart’s president and CEO, Doug McMillon, struck an upbeat tone in outlining his vision for the company. Building on the momentum of 2020 , the retailer plans to accelerate its strategy to deliver long term growth. It’s ai...
18 February 2021
We review Walmart's fourth quarter and full year results, as it outlines the next phase of its growth and development. Walmart's key numbers Walmart's total revenue in Q4 increased by 7.3% to $152.1bn, representing an additional $10.4bn Sales in its US stores increased by 7.9%, with Sam’s Club's sales up 8.1% US ecommerce sales increased 69% US comp store sales increased by 8.6%...
18 February 2021
With Aldi US expanding click and collect to more stores and Family Dollar announcing a nationwide partnership with Instacart, we look at four ecommerce developments from North American discounters. Aldi US to add click and collect to another 500 stores. With the fast rise of ecommerce and the success of its curbside service (click and collect in partnership with Instacart), Aldi will add th...
04 February 2021
Early year initiatives suggest we’re on-track with our North American retail trends outlook for 2021. It might be a little early to mark our success, but we’re already seeing new proof-points in support of our views. Outlined in our report, North America retail outlook 2021 , we highlight new initiatives which have emerged since the start of the year to reinforce the trends we identified....
02 February 2021
With a consumer and foodservice portfolio focused on flavourings, McCormick has been well-positioned to capitalise on the pandemic-driven growth in home cooking. We look at why it expects this to persist, even when the pandemic ends. Pandemic-driven demand Global demand for flavour remains the foundation of its sales growth. The business plans to continue capitalising on the switch to eatin...
01 February 2021
Loblaw has launched its partnership with Loop, the circular ecommerce platform developed by TerraCycle, to offer a range products in refillable packaging. Offering branded and private label products Having announced the partnership in 2019, Loblaw has initially launched in the Ontario market. Customers can shop for a range of food and household products in refillable packaging, including ic...
20 January 2021
Autonomous, or checkout free, store concepts have been gaining ground over the last few years, with companies piloting different models. This has accelerated since the start of the pandemic as retailers look to develop contactless and frictionless solutions. We highlight four which have recently launched, or are set to make their debut, in North America. 1. CIBO Express, Newark Airport, New Yo...
18 January 2021
With health and wellness the focus for many retailers at the start of the year, we look at three new initiatives from North America. These are centred on helping consumers make healthier choices, access specialist information, and track progress on their healthy eating journeys. USA: Hy-Vee launches virtual dietitian platform The new platform, Healthie, from Midwest-based Hy-Vee, enables cu...
18 January 2021
Having entered in preliminary discussions around a potential transaction, these have now ended, with Carrefour and Couche-Tard switching their focus to explore opportunities for operational partnerships. Opposition to any deal The discussions had been initiated by Couche-Tard’s “friendly approach” to Carrefour with the objective of acquiring the France-based retailer. However, these d...