Live From CCGD West 2011

This week, I attended the CCGD West Annual Conference held in Calgary. This gathering of the Western Canadian grocery industry is a great networking function and also includes interesting and relevant speakers for the Grocery / CPG industry. The two speakers in the morning session tackled big-picture insights and their relevance to our industry. Leading
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Katz Group & Jean Coutu – Canada’s Next Big Merger?

Lost in the shuffle of last week’s news of the Target / Zellers transaction was the analysis by CIBC industry financial analyst Perry Caicco that two big drug retailers in Canada may be in-line to merge to form a national chain. Those two retailers are Quebec’s Jean Coutu (PJC) and Alberta’s Katz Group. Without having
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SINS Must Read: Deloitte Global Powers of Retailing 2011

My favorite report on the global retail industry has just been released and you need to get a copy and give it a good read. This report reviews the performance of the Top 250 retailers in the world based on 2009 data – the latest available. It also reviews the global retail landscape with commentary
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Get To Know Target with SINS Canadian Retailer Year In Review

With today’s confirmation that Target will finally be coming to Canada in 2013, many of you are probably looking to learn a bit more about your new customer or competitor. We have added Target to the 23 retailers that we track in the SINS Canadian Retailer Year In Review with concise, one-page snapshots of the
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Five Points To Consider About The Zellers / Target Deal

The newswires are buzzing this morning with the news that Target has acquired Zellers. I just wanted to take a few minutes to reflect on the facts as presented by both Target and HBC. 1) Target did not buy Zellers At its core, this is a real estate deal. Target has agreed to purchase the
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Has Zellers Goose Finally Been Cooked?

Reports are circulating that the US real estate magnate that owns Hudson’s Bay Trading Co., is in talks with several US chains to unload its Zellers properties. This chain has been the focus of more rumors and speculation over the past decade than any other Canadian chain. It definitely comes as no surprise that Zellers
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