Tweet This past summer, Canadian retailers ramped up their efforts behind “local” food, especially as it relates to produce. Big in-store promotions and expensive television ads reinforced that Canadian retailers buy local. This was the culmination of many different issues faced by the food industry in recent years including sustainability, food safety, traceability and the [...]
Tweet Almost ten years ago now, the retailing industry was getting a lot of heat from consumer groups regarding the accuracy of the pricing information both on-shelf and in the item databases used by checkout scanners. In 2002, the Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors announced to great fanfare their Scanner Price Accuracy Voluntary Code which [...]
Tweet I usually start any discussion about loyalty cards by highlighting the irony that most of us carry over half a dozen cards in our wallets. There is not much that’s “loyal” about that… These cards have evolved to mini-loyalty cards that are designed to be put right onto your key ring (Calgary Co-op and [...]
Tweet It is obvious that Private Labels have become a larger part of the CPG landscape in recent years. Retailers (or at least the good ones) are using their range of private labels to reinforce connections with their shoppers and strengthening the brand above the door. Suppliers (or many of the ones that I speak [...]
Tweet A few weeks ago I blogged my thoughts on how the CPG / Retail industry could be more innovative with their support of local food banks through the Buy One, Give One promotion strategy. Yesterday, I saw another interesting spin on the concept that could be used by our industry. Women’s fashion retailer Jacob [...]
Tweet Halloween’s Over and Christmas is Coming! The cycle never ends.