2011 In Review: Our Top 20 Stories Of The Year

  • It is always interesting to look back on the past year and to see which stories appeared to have the biggest impact on our industry based on the number of clicks that they earn each week in our e-newsletter.

    2011 brought us the news that Target would be coming to Canada in 2013 and that Zellers days were limited. We saw big changes at Canada’s biggest retailer and we also saw the demise of the CCGD. We also heard that Kraft would split its business in two after acquiring Cadbury not so long ago.

    As we reflect on these stories it is interesting to think about what impact they have had on our individual businesses as well as what the lasting impact will be for us.

    It also make us curious as to what will be the big stories of 2012. Lots of Target news of course. But other stories will likely include more changes at Loblaw under its new leadership, the closing of Zellers stores and it impact on the market, the continued rise of dollar store retailers (including the expansion of Dollar Tree operations in Canada) and many, many more.

    Here are the stories that most interested you over the past year:

    Target Store List Gets A Little Clearer – And Muddier

    US Vendors Show Interest In Becoming Target Canada Vendors

    Major Organizational Changes At Loblaw

    SINS Market Visits Reports

    Five Points To Consider About The Zellers / Target Deal

    Canada’s Retail Execs Have A Tidy Payday

    Mac’s Continues To Think Like A Supermarket

    Ten US Grocery Retailers You Don’t Know – But Should

    Leadership Secrets Of Loblaws Invisible Man

    Target Watch: Video Games, Doritos & Mountain Dew

    SDMs Confusing Private Label Food Offering

    Woman Empties Store Shelves With Coupons

    CCGD Shuts Down – Biggest Members Sign With RCC

    SINS App Review – Microsoft Photosynth

    Retailer Musical Chairs – What Does It Mean For Suppliers

    Canadian Grand Prix Product Awards – Credible or Not?

    Kraft Crumbles Its Own Cookie

    Grocery Business: A New Trade Mag In Town

    A Special Message From Zellers

    CPG Connect Industry Salary Survey

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