Walmart, Instacart offer on-demand grocery delivery across Canada

Expansion builds on a successful 17-store pilot in Toronto and Winnipeg. Delivery can be made in as soon as one hour

Walmart, Instacart offer on-demand grocery delivery across CanadaWalmart Canada and Instacart announced on Thursday the national expansion of their relationship, which will bring on-demand grocery delivery services from nearly 200 Walmart stores across Canadian in as fast as an hour. In a news release, the companies said the expansion builds on a successful 17-store pilot in the greater Toronto area and Winnipeg.…

Loud and proud about disrupting the sexual health industry

Joey Pomerleau talks about the unusual business model he adopted to allow Wednesday Co. to service communities that have been overlooked

Loud and proud about disrupting the sexual health industryJoey Pomerleau is founder and CEO of Wednesday Co. What is Wednesday Co. and what does it do? Pomerleau: At its core, Wednesday Co. is a subscription condom company. We deliver condoms every month to your doorstep. You set it and forget it, then it’s there when you need it. In the greater scheme, Wednesday…

Staples Canada launches new digital platform on Shopify Plus

Staples Canada launches new digital platform on Shopify PlusRetailer Staples Canada has launched a new digital platform on Shopify Plus as the company continues its transformation to “The Working and Learning Company.” Shopify Plus will host the retailer’s core e-commerce platform at staples.ca. “We are excited to be working with Shopify Plus because the team shares our values of helping drive forward entrepreneurship…

Canadian small business owners missing out on online opportunities

Canadian small business owners missing out on online opportunitiesA study released on Tuesday by the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) clearly highlights the importance for entrepreneurs having an online presence. Such a presence leads to higher revenues, direct communication with customers and easier access to global markets. But the study finds that only four out of 10 Canadian small and medium-size businesses…

Purolator plans to invest $1 billion in Canadian operations

Record growth over the past three years meant the company picked up and delivered over 250 million packages in 2018

Purolator plans to invest $1 billion in Canadian operationsPurolator says it will invest more than $1 billion in its Canadian operations as a result of record volume and e-commerce growth. “Today's announcement is one of the most ambitious in our company's history and will future-proof our business,” said John Ferguson, president and CEO of Purolator, in a news release. “Purolator has experienced record…

Can the food retail industry deliver on delivery?

Consumers are increasingly adamant that convenience can't come at the cost of the environment or our health

Can the food retail industry deliver on delivery?Walmart just announced it will offer a next-day delivery service to customers in the U.S. to compete with Amazon. Walmart will begin by offering service in Phoenix, Las Vegas and southern California, and intends to cover 75 per cent of the United States this year. Customers need to purchase at least US$35 worth of products…

FedEx partners with Staples to expand retail footprint in Canada

ShipCentres will be offered at all locations in advance of the peak holiday shopping season this year

FedEx partners with Staples to expand retail footprint in CanadaFederal Express Canada Corp. announced on Wednesday that it plans to put full-service ShipCentres in 305 Staples locations across Canada. The company said this will increase FedEx retail locations in Canada to 1,003 effective immediately. “As the backbone of the e-commerce economy, FedEx is always looking for new ways to invest in the best solutions…

Record sales for Canadian businesses through Amazon

Small and medium-sized operations collectively exceeded over $900 million in sales

Record sales for Canadian businesses through AmazonIt was a banner year in 2018 for Canadian small and medium-sized businesses using Amazon. On Tuesday, Amazon Canada  announced that over 30,000 Canadian small and medium-sized businesses from across the country collectively exceeded over $900 million in sales on Amazon.ca stores in 2018, including a 30 per cent increase in sales year over year…

Calgary-based Curvy Collective wins ATB crowdfunding competition

The competition raised close to $230,000, an average of over $12,000 for each of the 19 pitches

Calgary-based Curvy Collective wins ATB crowdfunding competitionCalgary entrepreneur Aymie Rondeau has captured ATB Financial’s Build Her Business crowdfunding competition, raising just over $9,000 to create an online shopping platform that offers inclusive designer fashion for plus-sized women not available in Canada. “We believe that plus-sized women deserve safe, non-judgmental spaces to shop in, and the same quality of service and design,…

The new era in food sales, from drones to virtual restaurants

Grocers understand that e-commerce only makes sense if consumers get convenience. That means delivery

The new era in food sales, from drones to virtual restaurantsGrocers can no longer afford to wait for money to show up at their stores. They need to go after it. Grocery e-commerce was barely a thought five years ago – retailers didn’t want to cannibalize sales and decrease foot traffic. The primary idea has always been to have more people in grocery stores, not…

Breaking down barriers between retail employers and potential staff

Suzanne Sears of Best Retail Careers International specializes in social media recruitment that’s responsive and effective

Breaking down barriers between retail employers and potential staffSuzanne Sears is president of Best Retail Careers International. What do you do? Sears: I solve staffing problems for retailers. What is the biggest challenge facing retailers in finding staff? Sears: What retail leaders tell me most often is that they cannot find highly skilled staff willing to work at the prices they feel they’re…

The top 10 e-commerce trends for 2019 are …

The effects will be felt across the entire supply chain, by brands, manufacturers, distributors, retailers and consumers alike

The top 10 e-commerce trends for 2019 are …E-commerce continues to be a growing part of the Canadian retail landscape. On Monday Absolunet, an e-commerce agency, revealed its  top 10 trends in the sector that will impact North American retailers in 2019. The effects will be felt across the entire supply chain, by brands, manufacturers, distributors, retailers and consumers alike, said the company.…

Shop local: the value of an enriched human nudge

To make shopping local the norm, we need to think less about transaction efficiency and more about enjoyment

Shop local: the value of an enriched human nudgeChances are you’ve seen or heard some sort of promotion about the value of shopping local – especially with so many of us in gift-buying mode now. Business improvement areas, chambers of commerce and other organizations tell us when we buy from shops near home, we’re voting for our community. The logic is generally sound…

Loblaws wants to reap the online benefits of customer loyalty

The leading food retailer in Canada wants to become a true online contender to counter the Amazon effect

Loblaws wants to reap the online benefits of customer loyaltyLoblaws’ latest e-commerce move is significant. Canada’s largest food retailer has launched a subscription program for its PC Optimum members – more than 16 million people. For $99 a year, members of the newly-created PC Insiders program can get perks such as extra points for certain products purchased online, along with free delivery. This is…

Retail thrives when it embraces its customers

In an age when the transactional has overtaken the transformational, businesses need to get personal

Retail thrives when it embraces its customersNorman was a world-famous choreographer and dancer. Ian, originally from Scotland, played in bands around the world. Inga moved to Canada from Germany when she met a man and stayed to practise law. Rina was originally from Moldova and had to move during an economic crisis, studied nutrition and knows how to make a difference…