Manitoba Safeway employees reach deal before legal strike position

19 March 2018

Safeway employees in Manitoba won't be going on strike after reaching a deal with Sobeys West Inc., just hours before it was in legal strike position.

The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 832 representing about 2,200 employees at Safeway stores in Manitoba said in a statement that a tentative agreement was reached Saturday evening with Sobeys West Inc.

The workers voted 98 per cent in favour of a strike to back contract demands earlier this month, although no strike date was set.

The union had said it would be legally able to strike Sunday, the day after the current contract expired.

The union says the bargaining committee will be recommending that members accept the tentative agreement.

Source CP

FCPC Supply chain symposium

14 March 2018


Food & Consumer Products of Canada’s Supply Chain Symposium takes place April 11, 2018, at the Mississauga Convention Centre. Titled "Embrace. Transform. Deliver," the event features over 150 supply chain professionals and provides an opportunity to hear about unique industry innovations, leadership, trends and best practices in the CPG sector.


Learn more here.


New $10 note coming this year

14 March 2018

The Bank of Canada has unveiled a new $10 bill that will enter circulation in late 2018.

Issued in honour of International Women’s Day, the note features pioneering Nova Scotian Black businesswoman and social rights activist Viola Desmond, who was jailed after refusing to leave the whites-only area of a movie theatre in 1946. It was one of the first known legal challenges against racial segregation brought by a Black woman in Canada.

The bill is a trend-setter in its own right, marking the first time an iconic Canadian woman is portrayed on a regularly circulating Bank of Canada note.

You can read the Bank of Canada announcement or view a short video here.


Organic Garage

14 March 2018

Organic Garage, one of Canada’s leading independent organic grocers, has joined the InstaBuggy platform to offer online sales to its customers.

Customers can visit the InstaBuggy website or download the InstaBuggy app to pick from items available at Organic Garage stores and choose their preferred delivery window. InstaBuggy shoppers then personally shop the order and have it delivered within a specified time – as little as one hour, says Organic Garage.

“The setup process with InstaBuggy went very well and I am pleased to add this new online option for customers to be able to shop at Organic Garage,” said Matt Lurie, CEO of Organic Garage. “Through our agreement with InstaBuggy, we can satisfy the increasing demand for delivery and online sales while still providing customers the same quality and low price products we sell in our stores, delivered right to their door.”

Loblaw Optimum and Esso

14 March 2018

Loblaw is expanding its PC Optimum loyalty program to enable users to earn points at Esso gas stations.

The deal will launch this summer at more than 1800 Esso stations, enabling users to earn 10 points per litre of fuel and 10 points per dollar on store and car wash purchases. Registered members may also receive targeted offers.

This represents Loblaw’s first foray into “coalition programs,” said Robert Levy, president of BrandSpark International, in an email exchange on Global News.

“I think the link between PC Optimum and Esso could be a big game-changer, changing the dynamics of consumer loyalty in Canada since this would challenge loyalty programs like Air Miles and Aeroplan whose core business is the loyalty program and their source of revenue is only from selling their points,” Levy said.

Aeroplan has already felt the pain; PC Optimum is replacing it at Esso stations.


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