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MEC appoints new CEO: Philippe Arrata

B.C.-based outdoor equipment chain MEC has appointed Philippe Arrata as its CEO, six months after Business in Vancouver broke the news that CEO David Labistour planned to step down after more than 11 years at the helm.

Arrata has been a member of MEC’s board of directors since April, 2015. His day job has been at Best Buy Canada for more than 11 years, most recently as CFO, since November, 2017. There, he oversees finance, strategy, supply chain and the business-to-business department.

Sobeys unveils online grocery delivery strategy | Grocery Business News

Empire Company Ltd. has unveiled the name and brand for its e-commerce strategy: Voilà by Sobeys and Voilà par IGA. Empire is investing close to $200 million in total to build a robotic distribution centre in Montreal in addition to one currently under construction in Vaughan, Ont., just north of Toronto, to support home delivery of online grocery orders.

The new e-commerce platform will support customers in the Greater Toronto Area, Ottawa and major cities in Quebec. The Vaughan facility is slated to launch next spring with the second Montreal facility expected to launch in 2021. (Grocery Business Magazine)

Canadian Tire profit falls, but revenue and sales gain ground

Canadian Tire Corp. reported its first-quarter profit fell compared with a year ago as revenue moved higher. The retailer says it earned a profit attributable to shareholders of $69.7 million or $1.12 per share for the quarter ended March 30. That compared with a profit of $78 million or $1.18 per share a year earlier.

Paying extra to get better deals when you shop – it can work

Many retailers are starting to sell membership plans that unlock all kinds of deals, but before you dive in you need to take time to see if it makes sense for you.

Retail as a community hub

The strategy behind investments Staples, MEC and Indigo have made to create more experiential stores.

Popular restaurant OPA! of Greece opens 100th location

A Calgary-based eatery celebrated a major milestone on Thursday, after it opened its centennial store in the same city where it started 20 years ago.

The Best Online Shopping Destinations for Canadians

Online shopping for Canadians isn’t always as effortless as we’d like. Import duties, long shipping times and restrictive return policies can make anyone abandon their cart mid-purchase. Here, we round up the best options for Canadian online shoppers. Though these shops vary—some are all about luxury while others stock independent designers—they all ship duty-free and offer easy returns. Time to memorize your credit card number.

Canadians have become less enthusiastic about edibles: Survey | Canadian Grocer

Cannabis edibles will be legal to purchase in Canada this October, but Canadians’ appetite for pot-infused foods appears to be waning.