Loblaw news

18 November 2015
We review Loblaw’s performance in the third quarter. Solid sales and profit growth Loblaw’s retail segment sales increased by 2.5% to $13.7bn in the third quarter. This included same-store sales growth of 3.1% in food retail and 4.9% at its drugstores. Growth in front store same-store sales at its drugstores was particularly strong, up 6.2%. Profitability also grew strongly, with adjusted...
16 November 2015
We take a look at Loblaw’s latest private label initiative, and its approach to food innovation. Building on the ‘Crave More’ proposition The PC, or President’s Choice, ‘Insider’s Report’ has been a regular feature of Loblaw’s holiday plans for a number of years. This hard copy publication, designed to raise awareness and create excitement, would feature new private label products, many o...
12 November 2015
Loblaw has started to roll-out its click-and-collect operation for grocery ecommerce to stores in Western Canada. Builds on existing operations in Toronto and Edmonton Starting this month, Loblaw will start to offer the service at its larger format Real Canadian Superstores in British Columbia, with stores in the Vancouver area, Kelowna and Red Deer in the first phase of the roll-out. Thi...
29 September 2015
As the Overwaitea Food Group expands its grocery ecommerce service to downtown Vancouver, we review how the channel is evolving in Canada. Leading with store pickup and home delivery in Canada The addition of Vancouver to the retailer’s ecommerce initiative is a major milestone for the Overwaitea Food Group, one of the leading operators in Western Canada. In addition to home delivery, the ...
11 August 2015
We take a look at the latest online initiative from Loblaw and its Shoppers Drug Mart subsidiary. Aiming to create a unique online experience Loblaw owned Shoppers Drug Mart has launched a beautyBOUTIQUE website, beautyBOUTIQUE.ca, taking the branding from its in-store beauty offer. The retailer has aimed to create a unique content-rich experience, offering thousands of beauty products. ...
23 July 2015
As Loblaw reaches the end of its first half, we review how it’s performing against its strategic framework. Delivering against all key objectives Loblaw’s second quarter results reveal a stable trading performance, underpinned by solid sales growth, good cost control and disciplined integration of the Shoppers Drug Mart business. Retail segment sales increased by 2.2% to $10.3bn, with adjus...
13 July 2015
We look at how Canadian retailers are responding to changes in the market with new format and digital initiatives. Loblaw testing new ethnic-focused format In Mississauga, Ontario, Loblaw has launched a new format Real Canadian Superstore. The re-modelled store has been developed to build strong appeal with ethnic shoppers and features a number of new elements based around the themes of fre...
06 July 2015
As Walmart becomes the latest retailer to launch a grocery ecommerce operation in Canada, we review the prospects for the channel. Enabling Walmart to build share in food Walmart’s launch of an 11 store test for grocery pick-up in Ottawa builds on its existing ecommerce operation which to date has been focused on non-food. The addition of fresh foods and grocery ranges complements the con...
17 April 2015
Ontario has put in place  plans to enable grocery stores to sell beer. This provides retailers with an opportunity to grab share in a major category, which could also be an important traffic driver. First stores to be up and running by Christmas Beer sales in Ontario are currently driven almost exclusively through The Beer Store, which is owned by Molson Coors, Anheuser–Busch InBev and S...
14 April 2015
Loblaw and Uber have partnered in Toronto to offer shoppers free rides to users of the retailer’s click and collect service. Uber offers strong fit with Loblaw’s target customers The retailer launched its test of grocery ecommerce last October, the first stage of its plans to build a stronger presence in the channel. The initiative, which runs from April 14 to April 20, enables shoppers to...