Sobeys Releases First Annual Sustainability Report – Have You Read It?

Originally Posted in November 2009 I have been following international retailing trends quite closely and one of my “Top 5” trends that were big globally but just blossoming in Canada is “sustainability”. Big international retailers such as Tesco and Wal-mart have had reports on their “green” initiatives for several years now and it appears that
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Five Reasons to Love (or Hate) Dollar Stores

Originally Posted in November 2009 I have written here before about the Dollar Store channel and what I think is a channel poised for considerable growth in the coming years. This has been reinforced by the recent IPOs from Canada’s Dollarama and Dollar General in the US. This G&M article below makes me think what
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Having Difficulties Getting Your Retailer Partner to Share Data?

Originally Posted in October 2009 One truth in today’s world of advanced POS systems and loyalty cards such as SDM’s Optimum and the Safeway Club Card is that in most cases retailers have a much better understanding of shopper behavior than most CPG firms. The challenge is to convince retailers to share the sensitive information
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Revenge of the Discounters / Dollar Stores

Originally Posted in September 2009 I wanted to pass along a very interesting G&M article regarding the next steps for discounter retailers such as Dollarama, Bargain Shop and Giant Tiger. You can find it at the link below: http://tinyurl.com/pkqnfa It got me thinking how in previous lives we used to treat these retailers with little
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Inside The Mind of the Shopper

Originally Posted in August 2009 I picked up a fabulous book for vacation reading this summer which was recommended in July’s Canadian Grocer (coincidentally, I also had a column in that issue). Inside the Mind of the Shopper by Herb Sorensen is an interesting look into the shopper research that he has conducted over the
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