Distribution Networks in Canada
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Overview by Globlatrade.net:
Types of Outlet
- Supermarkets, food markets, traditional grocery stores, convenience stores
- Food and non-food. There are many of them and they are common in the bigger towns. There is at least one food store in each town.
Loblaws, Iga, Metro, Maxi, Walmart
- Specialized hypermarkets
- Hypermarkets located on the outskirts of towns and specialized in a sector of activity.
Hardware-DIY-Decoration: Home Dépot
Culture : Chapters
Sports : Group Forzani -Sport Expert
Electrical appliances: The Brick
Electronics: Future Shop, Best Buy
Toys: Toy's r us
Automobile parts: Canadian Tire
Office supplies: Staples (wholesale)
- Department stores
- Located in the city center, or in shopping malls.
Sears, La Baie, Wal Mart
- Discount stores
- Mainly for clothes and shoes.
- Small shops
- Small, specialized shops: butcher's, fishmonger's, greengrocer's, cheese shops, delicatessens, baker's, cake shops, florist's, ready-to-wear, decoration. People prefer them for the quality of their goods, human contact and advice.
- Cash & Carry
- Hypermarkets reserved for professionals.
- Specialized shopping chains
- Chains or franchises.
Pharmaceuticals: Jean Coutu
Textiles: Fabricville, Fabricland
Small items for personal care: Centre du Rasoir - Personal Edge
Evolution of the Retail Sector
- Growth and Regulation
- The size of the country, some 10 million km2, complicates distribution on a national scale. Big companies have set up nerve centers for warehousing and redistribution of goods all over Canada. Most of these redistribution centers are located in Halifax, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.
The difficulty involved in getting to the various regions, the distinctive features of each of them, make marketing a product complex. The Office of Consumer Affairs is the national authority for monitoring and regulating consumption in Canada.
- Market Shares
- In the 1990s, the Canadian distribution market underwent changes after the arrival of American distributors like
Costco (cash & carry reserved for professionals),
Wal-Mart (hypermarkets) and
The food trade sector is very concentrated and dominated by a few big groups especially the national names Sobey and Loblaw with the American Wal-mart.
- Organizations in the Retail Sector
AMDEQ (Association of shopkeepers, convenience storekeepers and grocers of Quebec)
Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers
Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors
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