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Canadian Grocer’s top 10 stories in May 2019

Loblaw dominated headlines with campaign launches, a quarterly report and strategy talk

Here’s a look at the most-read stories in May at
CanadianGrocer.com:

Empire makes executive changes as it continues to reshape business
As it continues to cut costs under its Project Sunrise turnaround initiative, the Stellarton, N.S.-based grocery company streamlined operations. Read the full story here.

Sobeys unveils online home delivery brand
The Empire-owned grocery chain unveiled the name and branding for its soon-to-launch home delivery service, which is powered by British company Ocado Group. Read the full story here.

Loblaw’s plan for better data-driven customer experiences
During a call with analysts, president Sarah Davis said the grocery company has than 400 employees focused on digitally-driven projects to offer tailored communications and more relevant promotions, among other services. Read the full story here.

Loblaw Q1 profit down year over year
Loblaw raised its dividend and reported profit attributable to common shareholders of $198 million, down from $377 million. Read the full story here.

Real Canadian Superstore shows how to ‘shop like a mother’
For its most recent advertising campaign, the Loblaw-owned chain used humour (and actress Catherine Reitman from CBC’s Workin’ Moms) to tap into consumer behaviour. Read the full story here.

Loblaw to invest in future-ready workers
The grocer announced it would spend more than a quarter of a billion dollars to train its employees for changes in the work place, including artificial intelligence and automation. Read the full story here.

Walmart Canada invests $200 million to refresh stores
The big-box retailer will make improvements to 31 stores over the next year and will expand fresh food Supercentre format. Read the full story here.

Micro-trips becoming the norm in grocery: PwC
New research from PwC looks at shifting consumer demands and the importance of the in-store experience. Read the full story here.

Ending the plastic age
What grocers are doing to curb plastic in their operations. Read the full story here.

Lassonde CEO stepping down, replacement named
Pierre-Paul Lassonde is leaving the chief executive officer role, but will continue to serve as chairman of the board. Read the full story here.

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