Social media emerging as top online shopping tool

Canadian social media users spend an average of $924 per year buying clothes, electronics and toys on social platforms

Social media emerging as top online shopping toolSocial media has become the new shopping mall in Canada as consumers turn to online shopping. Nearly half (47 per cent) of Canadian social media users are shopping on social, according to a report released Thursday by PayPal Canada. The Social Commerce Trend Study also found that almost 40 per cent plan to shop on…

More Canadians shopping online for holiday gifts

Time saving, better selection, and the ability to shop in peace without interaction with others were identified as the top three reasons

More Canadians shopping online for holiday giftsForty per cent of Canadians say they are more likely to shop online for holiday gifts this year compared to last year, according to a survey released Monday by FedEx Express Canada. The 2019 FedEx Holiday Shopping Survey found that time saving (62 per cent), better stock and selection (59 per cent), and the ability…

Walmart, Instacart offer on-demand grocery delivery across Canada

Expansion builds on a successful 17-store pilot in Toronto and Winnipeg. Delivery can be made in as soon as one hour

Walmart, Instacart offer on-demand grocery delivery across CanadaWalmart Canada and Instacart announced on Thursday the national expansion of their relationship, which will bring on-demand grocery delivery services from nearly 200 Walmart stores across Canadian in as fast as an hour. In a news release, the companies said the expansion builds on a successful 17-store pilot in the greater Toronto area and Winnipeg.…

Loud and proud about disrupting the sexual health industry

Joey Pomerleau talks about the unusual business model he adopted to allow Wednesday Co. to service communities that have been overlooked

Loud and proud about disrupting the sexual health industryJoey Pomerleau is founder and CEO of Wednesday Co. What is Wednesday Co. and what does it do? Pomerleau: At its core, Wednesday Co. is a subscription condom company. We deliver condoms every month to your doorstep. You set it and forget it, then it’s there when you need it. In the greater scheme, Wednesday…

Canadian small business owners missing out on online opportunities

Canadian small business owners missing out on online opportunitiesA study released on Tuesday by the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) clearly highlights the importance for entrepreneurs having an online presence. Such a presence leads to higher revenues, direct communication with customers and easier access to global markets. But the study finds that only four out of 10 Canadian small and medium-size businesses…

Purolator plans to invest $1 billion in Canadian operations

Record growth over the past three years meant the company picked up and delivered over 250 million packages in 2018

Purolator plans to invest $1 billion in Canadian operationsPurolator says it will invest more than $1 billion in its Canadian operations as a result of record volume and e-commerce growth. “Today's announcement is one of the most ambitious in our company's history and will future-proof our business,” said John Ferguson, president and CEO of Purolator, in a news release. “Purolator has experienced record…

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…

FedEx partners with Staples to expand retail footprint in Canada

ShipCentres will be offered at all locations in advance of the peak holiday shopping season this year

FedEx partners with Staples to expand retail footprint in CanadaFederal Express Canada Corp. announced on Wednesday that it plans to put full-service ShipCentres in 305 Staples locations across Canada. The company said this will increase FedEx retail locations in Canada to 1,003 effective immediately. “As the backbone of the e-commerce economy, FedEx is always looking for new ways to invest in the best solutions…

Record sales for Canadian businesses through Amazon

Small and medium-sized operations collectively exceeded over $900 million in sales

Record sales for Canadian businesses through AmazonIt was a banner year in 2018 for Canadian small and medium-sized businesses using Amazon. On Tuesday, Amazon Canada  announced that over 30,000 Canadian small and medium-sized businesses from across the country collectively exceeded over $900 million in sales on Amazon.ca stores in 2018, including a 30 per cent increase in sales year over year…

The new era in food sales, from drones to virtual restaurants

Grocers understand that e-commerce only makes sense if consumers get convenience. That means delivery

The new era in food sales, from drones to virtual restaurantsGrocers can no longer afford to wait for money to show up at their stores. They need to go after it. Grocery e-commerce was barely a thought five years ago – retailers didn’t want to cannibalize sales and decrease foot traffic. The primary idea has always been to have more people in grocery stores, not…