Customers will be able to pick up Walmart.ca merchandise at the retailer’s stores across the country as the big-box giant battles Amazon.com Inc. and Canadian Tire Corporation Ltd. with its digital offerings. The news came as Walmart Canada reported Thursday that same-store sales rose 2.6 per cent in the first quarter as the retailer lowered its food prices to battle the country’s grocery retailers. “Customers are coming to the store for their regular shopping anyway, now they can get extended aisle product that might not be in the (closest) store picked up at that location,” Darryl Porter, vice-president of omnichannel and online grocery Walmart Canada said at the eTail Canada industry conference on Thursday, noting the measure will save online customers any shipping costs associated with home delivery. It will also help the mass merchant drive up sales in markets where it does not have a large retail presence, he added.
Wayfair LLC. says it’s opening its first Canadian delivery and warehouse facility in Mississauga, Ont. The home goods e-commerce retailer says the centre will bring 200 jobs to the region and it is currently looking to fill positions including some in management, industrial engineering and customer service. The centre will be roughly 74,500 square metres (800,000 square feet) and aims to help deliver home products to Canadian customers faster.
Canadian outdoor retailer Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) is working with The Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) to kit out a series of important explorations. The expeditions, which include journeys to remote cave systems, rivers and mountains, will be clothed and equipped by MEC, which was founded in 1971 by a group of west coast mountaineers, As Canada’s largest co-op by membership, MEC says it is committed to sustainability, community and the stewardship of wild places.
SmartCentres Real Estate Investment Trust announced that the trustees of SmartCentres have declared a distribution for the month of May 2018 of CDN $0.14583 per trust unit, representing CDN $1.75 per unit on an annualized basis. Payment will be made on June 15, 2018 to unitholders of record on May 31, 2018.
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