Canada's selection isn't deep and yes the prices are higher
- Pirate Joe's in Vancouver stocks his store with Trader
Joe's goods Trader Joe's is suing Vancouver's
Pirate Joe's small grocery store for buying $22,000 a month
in their product in U.S. stores and selling it in his store
with a $2 markup. The owner renamed his store "Irate Joe's".
Wal-Mart workers in Weyburn, Sask., vote to dump union
Chain's only remaining union in Canada never achieved
collective bargaining deal. Workers at Canada's only
unionized Wal-Mart, in Weyburn Sask., have voted 51-5 to
decertify their union. After a decertification drive was
launched at the store and employees voted on that, the union
argued the process was unfair and sought to block the votes
from being counted. But on Thursday, after the Supreme Court
of Canada dismissed the union's application to deal with the
case, the way was cleared for the count to be held. The
Weyburn decertification drive was the latest chapter in the
fight between Wal-Mart and the union that's been going on
for nine years. Two other Canadian Wal-Marts have been
certified in the past: the store at St. Hyacinthe, Que., and
a store at Jonquière, Que. However, employees at the
Hyacinthe outlet later voted to decertify, and Wal-Mart
closed the Jonquière store. (Source
Canadian shoppers not impressed with Target
Canadian shoppers aren’t wowed by Target Corp., according to
a customer-satisfaction rating survey by Forum Research. As
reported in The Globe and Mail, the survey ranked Target at
the bottom of a list of major retailers operating in Canada.
(Satisfaction as measured by the survey relates to service,
prices and/or merchandise offering.) Over all, Target scored
a mean 2.7 out of 4, compared with Costco’s 3.5, Wal-Mart’s
3.1 and a 3.2 average. Shoppers complain that Target stores
have been short on inventory and that prices are higher than
those at outlets across the border, the report said.
not delivering the deals customers expected: experts
After a recent customer-satisfaction survey found Target is
floundering in the eyes of Canadian consumers, experts are
suggesting the disappointment might be the result of too
much early hype over the American retail giant. There was a
huge buzz among consumers when Target opened its first
Canadian stores in March. But a survey released by Forum
Research suggests the new locations have not lived up to
initial expectations for many bargain-hunters. Part of the
problem, according to Gray, is that Target cannot match its
American pricing in Canada. But a bigger problem is that
they've still got some kinks to work out in their
distribution and inventory and there's been a number of
cases of empty shelves and stock shortages," Gray said.
Sears Canada to Cut 245 Head-Office Type Jobs
Sears Canada Inc. (SCC.T) said Tuesday that it is cutting
245 head-office type positions, mainly in information
technology and finance. The Toronto-based company, a
subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corp. (SHLD), said the bulk of
the cuts--201 positions--are in the Toronto area. It said it
plans to transfer the work being done by these employees to
external providers while it focuses on its core retailing
business. The company had already cut 700 jobs across Canada
early this year.
Cargo thieves make off with tractor trailer filled with
shampoo and mouthwash in Hamilton, On. It may not
be a high-stakes diamond heist, but thieves in Hamilton,
Ont., have pulled off a remarkable crime, driving away with
over $15,000 worth of goods from a trucking business in
Hamilton over the weekend. The theft occurred at a
commercial trucking business between midnight and 6 a.m. on
Aug. 16. The suspect or suspects came in through the
unlocked and unguarded gate and stole a blue Freightliner
truck with which they hauled away the loot.
Retail sales fell 0.6% in June to $40.1 billion, Statistics
Statistics Canada says retail sales fell 0.6 per cent in
June to $40.1 billion, which partially offset a large gain
in May. The biggest decrease in dollar terms was a 1.2 per
cent drop at food and beverage stores, with weaker sales
reported by all types of stores in this subsector.
Statistics Canada says retail sales in the first six months
of 2013 were still up 1.8 per cent compared to the same
period last year.
Fashion retailer Marshalls opening stores in Alberta, Quebec
Marshalls is opening its first stores in Quebec and Alberta
on Thursday, with the two locations in each province and
another store in Toronto raising the chain's Canadian store
count to 27. The retailer, whose sister companies include
Winners and Homesense in Canada, and T.J. Maxx in the U.S.
Marshalls is among the U.S. retailers that are expanding
their presence in Canada. Target is set to open its first of
25 planned stores in Quebec this fall after having already
rolled out dozens elsewhere in the country. Marshalls is
owned by TJX Companies, which operates more than 3,000
stores, including 222 Winners and 88 Homesense locations in
Canada as of the end of 2012. The parent company says it
believes Canada can support 90 to 100 Marshalls stores in
the long term.
Close to 40% of Canadians haven't started back-to-school
Many Canadians will wait until the last minute to shop for
back to school according to a new poll released today by
Walmart Canada. As of mid-August, only 61% of shoppers had
started back-to-school shopping. According to the nationwide
survey the average customer will do the bulk of their
shopping closer to the first day of school and in the three
weeks following the start of school.
Phone scam targets Shoppers Drug Mart customers nationwide -
A telephone scam that's sweeping the nation. The calls
appear to originate from local numbers. Once answered, a
recorded message tells recipients that they've won a free
trip from Shoppers Drug Mart. Individuals are then connected
to a live operator who asks for their credit card
information. RCMP in New Brunswick are referring scam
victims to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.
Retail Fast Facts: July 2013
Total monthly retail sales changed by 4.3 percent over the
comparable month last year.
Total sales excluding food, automotive and gasoline changed
by 4.1 percent over the comparable month last year.
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