Offering an alternative voice for best practices in retail

Bruce Winder of Retail Advisors Network talks about the dramatic evolution taking place in retail and where the marketplace will go next

Offering an alternative voice for best practices in retailBruce Winder is co-founder and partner of Retail Advisors Network. Tell me a little bit about your background and what you do now? Winder: I spent about 20 plus years in big retail at places like Canadian Tire, HBC, Sears and Air Miles before deciding I wanted to explore life outside a head office and…

Putting smartphones back into working order for Canadians

Tim McGuire of Mobile Klinik is building a national service network to meet the needs of all smartphone users

Putting smartphones back into working order for CanadiansTim McGuire is chief executive officer of Mobile Klinik. What is Mobile Klinik and what does it do? McGuire: Mobile Klinik is Canada’s largest and fastest-growing retail network of while-you-wait smartphone and tablet repair, care, sales and services stores. As Canada’s only national Samsung and LG-authorizd in- and out-of-warranty repair retailer, Mobile Klinik offers no-appointment-needed,…

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…

Walmart investing $200 million in Canadian store renovations

The company said about 3,250 construction jobs will be created to support these upgrades.

Walmart investing $200 million in Canadian store renovationsWalmart Canada is investing over $200 million in its store network, with a focus on refurbishing and refreshing 31 stores across the country over the next year, including five stores in Alberta. The company said about 3,250 construction jobs will be created to support these upgrades. The five renovated Alberta stores are in Calgary (Westbrook),…

A lonely Canada can pay off for the food industry

The number of households in Canada with just one person has never been higher. And the food industry is taking notice

A lonely Canada can pay off for the food industryThe number of households in Canada with just one person has never been higher. And the food industry is taking notice. More than 28 per cent of Canadian households have just one person. That’s almost four million households. That number could reach five million in few years – a little less than the combined population…

Walmart Canada spending $175 million to renovate 23 stores

Stores to be refurbished or updated include four in Alberta. The company said 2,500 construction jobs will be created

Walmart Canada spending $175 million to renovate 23 storesWalmart Canada is investing  $175 million, creating 2,500 construction jobs to renovate 23 of its stores across the country, including four in Alberta. The company said on Thursday that several stores will be refurbished or updated “to provide a comprehensive omni-channel experience featuring a seamless intersection of the in-store and online shopping experience.” The stores…

Grocers finally join the blockchain party and consumers should rejoice

The idea is to better manage food recalls, farm to fork and back, and to tackle the intricate issue of food fraud

Grocers finally join the blockchain party and consumers should rejoiceWalmart, the largest retailer in the world, recently notified its leafy green suppliers that they will need to use blockchain by the end of next year. Walmart is banking on its relationship with IBM to put pressure on the entire sector to comply with what consumers want from the food industry: more transparency. But others…

Meal kits set the table for a new food retailing boom

Instead of takeout, consumers can choose a meal kit that allows them to whip up an appealing dish in minutes

Meal kits set the table for a new food retailing boomMeal kits are sweeping across North America. It’s the perfect trend for consumers who want to be empowered by cooking but still need convenience. For example, Walmart has just partnered with Gobble to deliver meal kits. In the battle over the future of food consumption in the U.S., Walmart wants a fighting chance against the industry’s…

What happens when a retail giant flexes its muscles

Walmart and Visa face off in a battle over transaction fees that could dramatically alter the retail food landscape in this country

What happens when a retail giant flexes its musclesHALIFAX, N.S. Nov. 9, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Food politics is usually a game of nuances. But in the battle between Walmart and Visa, nuances are few and far between. Visa is offering $10 to anyone in Manitoba who buys groceries using their Visa card. Walmart stopped accepting Visa as of Oct. 24 in the province. So the credit card company…

Walmart plan to increase wages an act of brilliance

But fast-food industry – including McDonald’s – won’t be following in its footsteps any time soon

Walmart plan to increase wages an act of brillianceWalmart plan to increase wages an act of brilliance FREE to Subscribers GUELPH, ON, Feb 27, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Walmart shareholders were not overly thrilled to learn that the company was planning to increase the salaries of their poorly paid employees in the U.S. Known for its cost-cutting approach and shrewd management methods, the…