Loblaw is playing defence against Amazon, the boogeyman of retailing. But if Canadian grocers went on the offensive, they'd be able to deliver much more than food to Canadian homes.
The “grocerant” model is going mainstream, and it’s not just because of millennials. A wide swath of consumers from different demographics are demanding the convenience of a grocery store/restaurant.
By 2100, more than 50 per cent of the land now used to grow coffee will no longer be arable. Climate change is changing the game to such an extent that Canada could one day become a coffee producer.