Shockwaves were sent through the grocery industry on Friday when Amazon made the shocking announcement that they’d be purchasing the high-end grocery retailer Whole Foods for the “measly” price tag of $13.4 billion USD.
This is a major move for the e-commerce giant, as this merger will place Amazon in hundreds of neighbourhoods across the US and Canada, giving them a much needed edge in the brick-and-mortar retail game. Amazon has been struggling to get customers to switch to purchasing groceries online, something they have been offering for over a decade but have found that people prefer to buy their produce at physical locations.
This merger, however, will give them that much sought after edge as Whole Foods has over 460 locations in both the US, Canada and Britain.
This will also give Amazon a chance to freely advertise their Amazon Prime services (a $99/year membership fee) in Whole Foods locations, and possibly give members a chance to receive discounted groceries – similar to how Prime members can receive discounts at bookstores. Currently, 49 million Americans subscribe to the Amazon Prime services, which is estimated to make up about 44 percent of all households.
On the pop cultural side of things, the merger between Whole Foods and Amazon provided the Twitter-sphere with a ‘prime’ opportunity to make an easy joke.
Here are some of the reactions from those of us who won’t be making a $13.4 billion deal anytime soon:
Toys R Us Canada has FREE Family Events in June. The Toys R Us June Family Events include fun make & Takes, product demos, giveaways and more.
Visit your local Toys“R”Us store to take part in the exciting promotions and activities your kids will love. All events are offered In-store only. While quantities last. Giveaways and make and takes are limit to one per child. Events recommended for children ages 4 years and up.
Today, Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Cars 3 Pit Stop Play Day
Visit each pit stop to play with the hottest CARS 3 toys and pick-up your FREE Toys”R”Us exclusive Die-cast Collector Poster!
Toys R Us & Cineplex Canada has a great promotion available now and valid until Thursday, June 29, 2017, while supplies last. Receive a FREE Despicable Me 3 Cineplex Child Movie Voucher when you spend $30 or more (before taxes) on any Despicable Me 3 products.
The Home Depot Canada has a new FREE workshops available today! The Home Depot Canada today FREE workshops includes: Pavestone Walkway: Laying the base, arranging paving stones. Participants will learn about the products and processes involved in successfully laying a long-lasting walkway with Pavestone brand pavers.
The chains that previously kept you tethered to your cellphone company, that is the irritating and outrageous unlocking fee, usually costing at least $50, is no longer. The CRTC ruled on Thursday that both small and individual cellphone customers will have the right to request to have their cellphones unlocked for free, making unlocking fees a thing of the past.
As of December 1, 2017, customers will be able to request for their cellphone to be unlocked for free and all newly purchased cellphones will have to come unlocked for the customers automatically.
The unlocking fee is something that many Canadians have complained about in the past, as it essentially keeps you locked in to your providers services. This new decision is a step in the right direction to giving Canadians more freedom with their cellphone providers, though there is still a long way to go.
Last year, the CRTC reported that the big Canadian telecoms made $37.7 million for 2016 just through unlocking fees.
Another change announced by the CRTC was that customers trial period will be extended to 15 days after their purchase, in which they can return their phone in “near new” condition free of charge. They must have used less than half of their plan’s monthly usage limit, but so long as you meet these requirements it will come at no extra charge.
Nature’s Path Foods Inc. is recalling Nature’s Path brand Coconut & Cashew Butter Crunchy Granola from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below.
The following product has been sold from Costco warehouse locations in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
Check to see if you have recalled products in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.
If you think you became sick from consuming a recalled product, call your doctor.
Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Symptoms can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, the infection can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn or even stillbirth. In severe cases of illness, people may die.
Loblaw Companies Limited is recalling Foremost brand milk products from the marketplace due to the possible presence of sharp metal objects. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.
The following products have been sold on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
What you should do
Check to see if you have recalled product in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.
There have been no reported injuries associated with the consumption of these products.
One of Canada’s most fabled department stores, whose catalogue has been a coffee table feature of most Canadians homes for the past few decades, made an announcement on Tuesday that there is “significant doubt” about Sears future and that they could be selling the company.
This announcement comes at the heels of many other staple Canadian retailers who are struggling to compete in the e-commerce world of online shopping. Sears reported in their first-quarter a loss of $144.4 million – which is a 15.2 percent decline in revenue from last year.
In their first-quarter results, Sears cites online shopping as one of the main competitors that is threatening their efforts to transform the department store for the modern consumer, saying:
“The company continues to face a very challenging environment with recurring operating losses and negative cash flows from operating activities in the last five fiscal years, with net losses beginning in 2014.”
There have been improvements in sales at Sears retail stores, partially due to their efforts of adding discount designer lines to their selection, their revenue still fell to just $505.5 million (a $90 million drop) largely because of a loss of interest in catalogue sales.
Sears currently runs 95 department store and 26 Sears Home locations, plus an additional 14 outlets.
The department store giant has postponed their annual meeting, which was scheduled for Wednesday at 8am and Jeffrey Stollenwerck, who is not standing for re-election as a director, has resigned effective Tuesday.
The unveiling of one of the gaming world’s biggest tech giants is being met with what can only be described as a mixed bag of emotions. The new Xbox One X is being marketed by the company as being the “world’s most powerful console”, which if you dig into the specs enough you’ll see that it probably is one the most powerful consoles on the market right now, but, people are asking, at what cost?
The Xbox One X was announced last year at E3 under the pseudonym of Project Scorpio and was teased as being the smallest and fastest console to be produced. But when gamers were shown the renamed Xbox One X model (a name that has nearly as many complaints lodged against it as the price tag itself, which is a whopping $499 USD) at this year’s E3 conference, they were quick to point out the frightfully close similarities between the One X and the Xbox One S – which was released last year.
The Xbox One S was also marketed as being a faster, slimmer version of previous console models, and the Xbox One X is just a minor improvement from its immediate predecessor, though it’s $100 more expensive (Xbox One S runs for about $399).
That being said, this will be one of the fastest consoles that Microsoft has ever produced and will place it far ahead of its direct competitor, the PS4 Pro. Though the PS4 Pro has 4K capabilities like the new Xbox One X, it only has 8GB of RAM to the One X’s 12GB, and only 4.12 teraflops of graphics processing power compared to the 6 that the Xbox One X totes.
But all this doesn’t really mean that much to the average gamer. When placed side by side, a confused parent come holiday season will see the Xbox One S and the Xbox One X, both of which are marketed as being “faster and slimmer”, and will only see one real difference: the price tag.
Another hiccup on Microsoft’s presentation and release of this new console was their failure to emphasize the console’s virtual reality capabilities. While Sony has been churning out over a million VR headsets that are compatible with PlayStation, the Xbox One X made no mention of any VR game that would be launching with the console.
During a routine testing, the chocolate company Mars has decided to voluntarily recall thousands of Galaxy chocolate products after detecting a possible presence of salmonella in some of the chocolate confectioners products.
In a statement released by the company they said:
“As a precaution, we are voluntarily recalling certain Galaxy Smooth Milk Chocolate bars, Galaxy Minstrels, and Galaxy Counters and Teasers bars. We are working closely with the relevant food safety authorities and our customers to ensure that the affected products are no longer available for purchase.”
The company also said that though they have received no complaints, they are continuing with the recall as a precautionary measure.
The recall is only happening in the UK and Ireland, though if you by some chance were in either of those countries and purchased some of these goodies while across the pond, here is the list of products that are being recalled by Mars:
Galaxy Milk 200g Bar – product code AC76R, batches 719G1SLO00, 719G2SLO00, with the best-before date of May 6, 2018, and batches 720A2SLO00, 720B1SLO00 with the best-before date of May 13, 2018
Galaxy Milk 4x42g Multipack Bars – product code AF67D, batches 719G1SLO00 and 719G2SLO00 with the best-before date of May 6, 2018
Galaxy Milk 42g Bar – product code AN22R, batch number 719G2SLO00, with the best-before date of May 6, 2018
Galaxy Counters 78g Treat Bag – product code AW99N, batch number 719G2SLO00, with the best-before date of May, 6, 2018
Galaxy Counters 112g Pouch – product code AW99G in Ireland, batch numbers 720B1SLO00 and 720C1SLO00 with best-before dates of May 13, 2018
Maltesters Teasers 35g Bar – product code AX46E, batches 720C1SLO00 and 720D2SLO00 in the UK and Ireland, with the best-before date of May 13, 2018
Galaxy Minstrels 118g Pouch (Sweet Nights In promotion) – product code BJ30K, batch number 720B1SLO00, with the best-before date of May 13, 2018
If you have purchased any of these products and would like a reimbursement you can call 0800 952 0084 (for UK reimbursement) and 1890 812 315 (for Irish reimbursement).
What could be more summertime tasting than a handful of farmer’s fresh raspberries? Now imagine those raspberries blended up in a thick and smooth soft serve. Are you salivating yet? If so, you’ll be excited to know that this raspberry craving can be satisfied this summer at McDonald’s Canada as they are releasing a limited edition Raspberry Triple Thick Milkshake.
This shake will only be around for a limited time this summer, so I advise you die hard raspberry fans to get yours while you still can.
Spend 38,000 points and get up to $60 off PLUS get $10 worth of points back. That’s a $70 savings value.
Spend 50,000 points and get up to $85 off PLUS get $15 worth of points back. That’s a $100 savings value.
Spend 95,000 points and get up to $170 off PLUS get $30 worth of points back. That’s a $200 savings value.
The Shoppers Drug Mart Canada optimum points promotion is valid in-store on today Saturday, June 10, 2017 and Sunday, June 11, 2017, and as usual excludes prescription purchases, products with codeine, non-pointable items, tobacco products, stamps, passport photos, lottery tickets, event tickets, transit tickets and passes, gift cards, prepaid phone cards, prepaid card products and Shoppers Home Health Care locations.
Don’t forget to check out Shoppers Drug Mart’s flyer for this week, as they have a number of limited time offers that will be running on various days throughout the week. These flyers offers would make it easier for you to plan what to buy at the grocery store at Shoppers Drug Mart and what to leave off until this Saturday during the spend your points event.