Jana Sobey’s devotion to family, food and community

The Sobeys Inc. vice-president talks about the dynamic trends in her industry, from e-commerce to buying local

Jana Sobey’s devotion to family, food and communityJana Sobey is vice-president of merchandising, community format, Thrifty Foods and Field for Sobeys Inc. She recently received a 2019 Star Women in Grocery Award. How did you feel about winning the award and what did it mean to you? Sobey: It felt really good. I was actually quite surprised, to be quite honest. So being…

Sobeys to eliminate plastic grocery bags

Sobeys to eliminate plastic grocery bagsSobeys Inc. announced on Wednesday that it will remove plastic grocery bags from all Sobeys grocery stores by the end of January 2020. The change will take 225 million plastic grocery bags out of circulation at Sobeys' 255 locations across Canada each year, it said. “So many of our customers and our employees have told…

Westleaf to supply $4M of cannabis derivative products to Delta 9

Westleaf to supply $4M of cannabis derivative products to Delta 9Westleaf Inc. announced on Wednesday that its subsidiary, Westleaf Labs LP, has entered into a white-labelling agreement with Delta 9 to supply approximately $4 million of cannabis derivative products from its large-scale extraction and manufacturing facility in Calgary. Calgary-based Westleaf said the contract will begin on Oct. 1, subject to receipt of final licence approval…

The power of bricks and mortar in a disruptive world

Eileen Halpin-Tarrant of Oberfeld Snowcap Realty talks about the bright future that innovative retailers are bringing to the marketplace

The power of bricks and mortar in a disruptive worldEileen Halpin-Tarrant is president of client services, broker of record (Ontario), and managing broker (British Columbia) with Oberfeld Snowcap Realty, Brokerage. What is Oberfeld Snowcap and what does it do? Halpin-Tarrant: Oberfeld Snowcap is a national real estate advisory firm focusing primarily on retail real estate and tenant representation across Canada. Our core asset and…

Want to write a book and get published? Here’s what you need to know

Terry Whalin of Morgan James Publishing explains why the author is so important to the marketing process and why e-commerce alone won't get the job done

Want to write a book and get published? Here’s what you need to knowTerry Whalin is acquisitions editor at Morgan James Publishing. Tell me what you do with Morgan James Publishing? Whalin: For over six years, I've worked as an acquisitions editor at Morgan James Publishing. An acquisitions editor is the first person to see the submission and evaluate whether it’s appropriate for the company. We receive over…

Working in the post-retail era requires a reset

There are still plenty of jobs at the low end of the pay scale. But wouldn't it be a better idea to simply upgrade your skills?

Working in the post-retail era requires a resetOne day you head out to your favourite store and it isn’t there anymore. It could be a local specialty shop, part of a major chain or even a department store like Sears, whose stores and catalogues have been around seemingly forever. Retail outlets are disappearing all over, along with the jobs they provide. In…

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…

Walmart investing $200 million in Canadian store renovations

The company said about 3,250 construction jobs will be created to support these upgrades.

Walmart investing $200 million in Canadian store renovationsWalmart Canada is investing over $200 million in its store network, with a focus on refurbishing and refreshing 31 stores across the country over the next year, including five stores in Alberta. The company said about 3,250 construction jobs will be created to support these upgrades. The five renovated Alberta stores are in Calgary (Westbrook),…

Malika Rajani puts the accent on high style and quality

Leather and outerwear designer is making an impact internationally with her edgy creations

Malika Rajani puts the accent on high style and qualityMalika Rajani is founder and creative director of Malika Rajani - Leather and Outerwear. Tell me about your business and what you do? Rajani: I’m an independent Canadian fashion designer. I started my namesake outerwear line after graduating from Parsons School of Design in New York City. I specialize in leather and wool and cashmere…

How high taxes create crime and hurt society

Excessive taxes that encourage smuggling and black market activity are a significant policy issue in Canada

How high taxes create crime and hurt societyIn The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith described a smuggler as “a person who, though no doubt highly blameable for violating the laws of his country, is frequently incapable of violating those of natural justice, and would have been, in every respect, an excellent citizen, had not the laws of his country made that a…