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  • Metro pushes ahead with tech upgrades despite pandemic

    In February, Metro started ramping up operations in its new semi-automated produce distribution centre in Toronto.
  • Couche-Tard to expand it's "Fresh, Food, Fast" concept

    The second wave of implementation will expand the program to 3,000 more stores throughout North America during fiscal 2022.
  • McGill and Couche-Tard launch retail innovation lab

    The new lab at McGill's Bensadoun School of Retail Management will enable ground-breaking research and test innovations, including frictionless technologies.
  • Vending machine pizza and robotic coffee: Pandemic accelerates automation

    When the founders of PizzaForno began rolling out automated, around-the-clock pizza ovens in Canada, they spent months perfecting recipes.
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  • Pivoting with POS

    Greater convenience and better data make current POS essential tools to success At Calgary’s new iWash, operator Kunal Patel sought simplicity and he found it with his Point-of-Sale (POS) system.
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  • Retail technology is shaping the future of c-stores

    Now that we are experiencing a momentous shift in how the convenience store industry operates is clear, but where do we go from here?
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  • How COVID-19 changed consumer digital behaviour

    There’s been many anecdotes about people cooking more, gardening more, online shopping more and adopting more pets in the last few months.
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  • Parkland teams up with Amazon Web Services to ramp up digital transformation

    Parkland Corporation is collaborating with Amazon Web Services to use analytics in order to improve its logistics and enable frictionless commerce.
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  • C-store IQ Payment Solutions Report

      Look, no hands: Convenience shoppers prefer to tap and pay Cash is no longer king, having been dethroned by shoppers opting for contactless payments at the c-store level.  Fittingly, a primary driver is overall convenience, as shoppers seek quick and easy ways to pay, whether in store or at the pump, according to Convenience Store News Canada’s proprietary research report C-store IQ: A National Shopper Study.  C-Store IQ is the first convenience and gas specific study that delves into the wants, needs, perspectives and habits of Canadian consumers.  Of course, these days contactless isn’t just the word for tapping to pay with a credit card, debit card or mobile app—it’s a strategy to help combat the spread of COVID-19.  According to C-store IQ research, the definition of convenience, for most shoppers, is an experience that ultimately saves them time and effort: 41% of those surveyed said it purely comes down to having a “convenient” experience and 34% define this as a “quick stop/in and out.”  This need for speed extends to the checkout experience, where tap and pay rules.
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  • Aisle 24 offers cashierless convenience in a compact space

    When John Douang was growing up his parents owned a convenience store.
  • Micro-markets, major potential

    Burgeoning concept combines digital technologies with offline shopping experiences Looking at competitive dynamics within the food and beverage retailing marketplace, competition is steep.  As the lines of competitive differentiation continue to blur between channels, retailers look for ways to amplify consumers’ experiences both in-store and online, while being mindful of contemporary values that are increasingly shaping individuals’ food and beverage choices.
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  • Amazon opens cashierless grocery store

    Amazon is aiming to kill the supermarket checkout line.The online retailing giant is opening its first cashierless supermarket, the latest sign that Amazon is serious about shaking up the $800 billion grocery industry.At the new store in Seattle, shoppers can grab milk or eggs and walk out without checking out or opening their wallets.