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Price Inflation – Dark Clouds on the Horizon

Canadian shoppers will change habits affecting both brands and retailers By Jeff Doucette, founder, Field Agent Canada To say that our industry has been through a roller coaster over the past 18 months is an understatement. Other than airlines, the grocery industry is one of the most challenging businesses and …

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Shopping Jolly!

Holiday merchandising ideas for the season By Carly Peters A lot of shoppers are eager to get back into holiday traditions, but at the same time the pandemic has undeniably changed the way people shop, even during the happiest season of the year. Many predict that 2020 trends — such …

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How Category Reviews Have to Change

By Sue Nicholls I had a planned topic for this article that was going to focus on something completely different but changed it last week because of a recent experience I had with a retail client that is very relevant for sharing.  Let’s say you’re looking at your category or …

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How Smart Store Tech is Transforming Food Retailing

Scott Langdoc, Head of Worldwide Strategy and Thought Leadership for Grocery Chain, Drug, and Convenience/Fuel Retailing, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Joanne Joliet, Head of Worldwide Fashion & Apparel at AWS As the grocery industry tackles dramatic shifts in shopper behavior, broad changes in product assortments, and huge growth in …

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Refreshing Your Shopper Insights

By Sue Nicholls Over the past 18 months we have experienced unprecedented changes in consumer and shopper behaviour – their work and home life, their needs and their shopping behaviors have all shifted. A new shopper is emerging and at this point we are uncertain which behaviors have changed permanently …

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Blimey Good Sales

British foods abound By Melanie Franner The market size of the specialty food stores industry in Canada is expected to increase 5.7 per cent to reach $3.2 billion in 2021, according to an August 2020 IBISWorld report. This follows a 0.4 per cent decline per year on average between 2016 …

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Thinking Inside and Outside the Box

The New Normal in Alberta’s Food Industry By Deb Draper In December 2020, there were 1,627 grocery stores in Alberta. Combined with beverage stores the food retail sector took 20 per cent of total retail sales, showing an increase of five percent in the last quarter of the year. During …

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September Strategies

Back to school merchandising and products have changed – for the better By Robin Brunet Traditionally, the back to school season has been a merchandising bonanza for grocers, with several weeks prior to the September date spent heavily promoting anything that can be crammed into a lunchbox. But the dynamics …

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