Loblaw a ‘Taste Of What Is Yet To Come’

Presidents Choice CookieThis week Toronto, Canada based retailer Loblaw’s held its first investor call after its merger with Shoppers Drug Mart. The call provided a few hints into the future of the combined retailer’s business. In short Loblaw’s iconic private brands will continue to grow at Shoppers.

“It was exciting to walk into Shoppers Drug Mart stores and see ‘hero’ items like PC Decadent cookies and PC Organics for baby, as well as Life Brand products in the Loblaw stores right after we closed the transaction,” Loblaw president Vicente Trius told analysts Wednesday on a conference call to discuss improved first-quarter results.

“This is obviously just a taste of what is yet to come.”



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Christopher Durham

Christopher Durham is the president of My Private Brand and the co-founder of The Vertex Awards. He is a strategist, author, consultant and retailer who built brands at Delhaize-owned Food Lion, and lead strategy and brand development for Lowe’s Home Improvement. He has consulted with retailers around the world on their private brand portfolios including: Family Dollar, Petco, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Metro (Canada), TLW (Taiwan) and Hola (Taiwan).

Durham has published five definitive books on private brands, including his first book, Fifty2: The My Private Brand Project. In 2017, he will debut his newest book, Vanguard: Vintage Originals, a visual tour of innovation and disruption in private brand going back to the mid-1800’s.
Dynamic in his presentation while down to earth and frank in his opinions, he has presented at numerous conferences, including FUSE, The Dieline Conference, Packaging that Sells, Omnishopper and PLMA’a annual trade show in Chicago.

Durham lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Laraine, and two daughters, Olivia and Sarah.