September’s most-read stories

Empire's quarterly results and the latest moves from Amazon were this month's hot topics

Empire’s Michael Medline on e-commerce, discount and more
During a call to discuss its quarterly results, Empire Company Limited president and CEO Michael Medline touched on a number of notable topics including the pending minimum wage increase and changes to the marketing department. Read the fully story here.

Canada’s major cities bidding to host Amazon headquarters
Amazon announced it was looking for a site for its new North American headquarters and encouraged cities to submit proposals before the Oct. 19 deadline. At the time of the announcement, Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal said they would throw their hats in the ring. Edmonton and Alberta have since expressed interest, and Windsor, Ont. is bidding for the headquarters in partnership with neighbouring DetroitRead the full story here.

Shoppers Drug Mart launches wellness-focused retail concept
The Loblaw-owned retail pharmacy chain opened a 3,500-sq.-ft. pilot store called Wellwise in Toronto’s Leaside neighbourhood to empower aging consumers. Many products are out of their packaging so consumers can better understand how they work. Read the full story here.

Starsky Fine Foods takes over Michael-Angelo’s locations
Independent retailer Starsky Fine Foods took over the assets and leases for two Michael-Angelo’s, one of which has already been rebranded as a Starsky, while the other continues to run as a Michael-Angelo’s. Read the full story here.

Empire working to mitigate proposed minimum wage increases
Empire Company Limited estimated the minimum wage hike in Ontario and Alberta could cost it upwards of $95 million in its 2018 and 2019 fiscal years. The grocery retailer said it had plans in place to help lessen the financial blow. Read the full story here.

Amazon to test Prime Now delivery service in Canada
The online giant announced it would test its two-hour membership delivery service in Canada later this year. Prime Now is available to Amazon Prime members in Canada. Membership to the service costs $79 a year. Read the full story here.

6 companies that are revolutionizing retail
From big box retailers to online giants, this article gives a quick look at the companies changing the way consumers shop. Read the full story here.

Attack of the meal kits
Appearing in the September 2016 issue of Canadian Grocer, this article looks at the rising popularity of meal kits and suggests how grocers can get in on the action. Read the full story here.

Longo’s opens new location in Ajax, Ont.
Longo’s opened the doors to its 31st location this summer. The 40,000 sq. ft. store is located in the province’s fast-growing Durham Region and features the company’s Loft Cooking School, a fresh salad and sushi bar and more. Read the full story here.

All about Aldi. And Lidl
IGD program director Stewart Samuel looks at German grocery store chains Aldi and Lidl, what sets them apart from conventional grocery chains and the tactics they employ to lure in shoppers. Read the full story here.