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Canada’s Jean Coutu Group unveils e-store window for holiday season

BY Antoinette Alexander

LONGUEUIL, Quebec — The Jean Coutu Group is looking to bolster holiday sales and make shopping even easier this holiday season with the launch of an e-store window inside the Longueuil Metro Station.

Located in the A Wing of the Longueuil Metro Station, a key public transit hub, the e-store window allows consumers to make holiday purchases online on the spot using their smartphones. Purchased items can be delivered to the address of their choosing before Dec. 24.

The e-store window offers several products of the Jean Coutu Online Boutique, such as fragrances, toys, candy and electronic products.

"This initiative differentiates us on the online shopping market and offers consumers the opportunity to make holiday season shopping both easy and effective," said Alain Lafortune, EVP of purchasing and marketing at the Jean Coutu Group.

From their smartphones, customers can scan the QR code associated to a product on display in the e-store shop window. Once the code is scanned, the consumer is directed to the Jean Coutu Online Boutique to proceed with the transaction. The e-store window will be available until Dec. 13.

 

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Target prepares for first Black Friday in Canada

BY Alaric DeArment

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — Canada’s Thanksgiving happened last month, and its major day of frenzied holiday shopping traditionally happens on Boxing Day, the day after Christmas, but Black Friday shopping has been making waves up there in recent years as well.

Target said it would be "pulling out all the stops" to offer customers at its Canadian stores deals for the holiday, opening stores at 7 a.m. and closing at 11 p.m., offering discounts on products like high-definition televisions, digital cameras, clothing and accessories, toys and kitchen appliances.

"Target is excited to offer Canadians deals like never before for our first holiday season in Canada," Target SVP merchandising John Morioka said. "Guests can shop with confidence knowing they will find incredibly low prices on this season’s must-have gifts, including electronics, toys, home decor and appliances, fashion and more."

A major reason for the spread of Black Friday into Canada is that Canadians living along the border have often traveled south to take advantage of discounts for holiday shopping, and retailers there have responded by launching their own Black Friday deals to encourage shoppers to shop locally.

 

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Giant-Carlisle extends Peapod pickup service to five more stores

BY Alaric DeArment

CARLISLE, Pa. — Giant Food Stores of Carlisle, Pa., is launching its pickup service at five stores in Pennsylvania’s Montgomery and Bucks counties, the Ahold USA-owned supermarket banner said.

The pickup program is offered under a partnership with online retailer and sister company Peapod at stores in the towns of Bensalem, Hatfield, Plymouth Meeting, Royersford and Warminster.

"Giant is committed to providing our customers with options that will enable them to shop whenever and however is most convenient for them," Giant-Carlisle VP sales and merchandising Jeff Beaulieu said. "By partnering with Peapod, Giant Pick Up is a convenient and affordable option for customers to quickly pick up their groceries."

 

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