Walmart Canada to utilize Food-X warehouse and delivery platform for online grocery shopping deliveries for Vancouver-area in summer 2018

Food-X, a subsidiary of Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery (SPUD), helps reduce waste and lower carbon footprint of growing home grocery delivery market

VANCOUVER, 2018-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walmart Canada and Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery (SPUD) announced today (February 21, 2018) an agreement to offer SPUD’s food delivery platform, Food-X Urban Delivery Inc. (Food-X), to Walmart.ca customers in Metro Vancouver. Food-X helps Walmart fulfill last mile home delivery and — through shared warehousing and consolidation of orders — reduces waste, truck trips and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Walmart Canada will begin using the Food-X warehouse and delivery platform for online grocery shopping deliveries for Vancouver-area Walmart.ca customers in summer 2018.

“Consumer demand for online grocery shopping is growing and that means more trucks on the road.” said Peter van Stolk, CEO at SPUD. “We have built a best-in-class platform to get food from the supplier to the kitchen while reducing waste, lowering emissions and lowering cost. Now we’re offering Food-X to other companies who share a commitment to sustainability, efficiency and strong customer service.”

Food-X comprises of a soon-to-be completed 74,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art warehouse with proprietary technology SPUD has been refining for the past 20 years, providing SPUD customers in the Vancouver-area with local, healthy food and produce. The facility will also have several bio-digesters used to compost meat, produce, and compostable packaging. Food-X is part of the larger SPUD ecosystem that includes home delivery, small store retail, commissary/food preparation services and distribution. SPUD will continue to operate its facility on East Hastings and SPUD customers will continue to benefit from a world class online grocery service.
This agreement also expands on Walmart Canada’s commitment to make grocery shopping easier for customers in urban centres like Vancouver – where there may not be convenient access to a Walmart Supercentre – and for customers who prefer to shop online.

“We are always looking for new ways to offer convenience and choice to our customers so they can shop when they want and how they want at Walmart’s unbeatable prices,” said Lee Tappenden, CEO and President at Walmart Canada. “Our strategic collaboration with Food-X allows us to serve customers in the heart of Vancouver in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way.”

When the service is up and running in summer 2018, Walmart customers will shop online at www.walmart.ca for Walmart products at Walmart’s low prices every day – all backed by a 100% satisfaction money-back guarantee. Product assortment will include fresh groceries, including fruits and vegetables, 100% Canadian AAA Angus beef, pork and chicken and seafood, dairy, baked goods, deli and frozen foods. Customers will also have a selection of organic items to choose from. A Food-X truck will deliver groceries directly to customer’s home, as early as next-day.

About Food-X Urban Delivery Inc.
Food-X Urban Delivery Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery Inc. (SPUD). Founded in 1997 in Vancouver, SPUD has expanded into one of the largest online grocery companies in Canada, employing over 600 people across all its markets delivering fresh, local, organic produce and groceries. With a mission of changing the world one bite at a time and passion for a sustainable food system, SPUD’s goal is to use its connection to local and organic food to help improve the places where we live and work. From this vision, Be Fresh Local Market was proudly cultivated by SPUD, with the first store opening in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood in 2015. Be Fresh currently serves five local communities in Vancouver. In 2017, Blush Lane Organic Market joined the SPUD family supporting Edmonton and Calgary across five locations. SPUD is a leader in Western Canada’s local and organic food movement. For more information, visit www.foodx.ca.

About Walmart Canada
Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of 410 stores nationwide serving more than 1.2 million customers each day. Walmart Canada’s flagship online store, www.walmart.ca, is visited by 600,000 customers daily. With more than 85,000 associates, Walmart Canada is one of Canada’s largest employers and is ranked one of the country’s top 10 most influential brands. Walmart Canada’s extensive philanthropy program is focused on supporting Canadian families in need, and since 1994 Walmart has raised and donated more than $300 million to Canadian charities. Additional information can be found at walmartcanada.cafacebook.com/walmartcanada and at twitter.com/walmartcanada.

Media Contacts:

Food-X:
Peter van Stolk
peter@foodx.ca

Walmart Canada:
Anika Malik
anika.malik@walmart.com

Source: Walmart Canada

Walmart Canada to stop providing free plastic bags with the aim to ultimately eliminate plastic film from land-fill

  • Goal is to eliminate plastic film from municipal land-fill
  • New five-cent fee to be implemented to discourage single-use bags
  • Reusable bags to be offered at a discount

Mississauga, ON., 2017-Jan-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walmart Canada today ( January 25, 2016) announced that beginning Feb. 9, 2016, it will stop providing free plastic bags to customers in an effort to promote the use of reusable bags and ultimately eliminate plastic film from land-fill.

The initiative is the latest waste-elimination priority in Walmart’s ongoing commitment to achieve zero waste.  Walmart Canada’s 12 waste programs — including cardboard, organics, metal and others —has resulted in the diversion of  72% of Walmart Canada’s waste from municipal land-fill sites.

Customers will be encouraged to use reusable bags, which will be sold at a discounted rate of 25 cents. Walmart will continue to offer plastic bags at a fee of five cents per bag to those customers who request them.

“We recognize we are asking our customers to change their shopping practices, but we strongly believe that removing plastic film from our waste stream is imperative to reaching our goal of zero waste and will encourage our customers to broaden their already existing waste-reduction efforts,” said Lee Tappenden, chief operations officer at Walmart Canada. “We know from our experience in other international markets that an incentive in the form of a fee to encourage customers to adopt reusable bags reduces single-use plastic bags by more than 50%. Similar programs here in Canada have reported comparable successes.”

In addition to offering reusable bags and implementing a plastic bag fee, Walmart will be improving its in-store recycling and collection programs. The company is working with suppliers to find new ways of removing plastic from its packaging processes. Partial proceeds from the five cent fee will be used to support plastic film recycling initiatives.

The distribution of plastic bags has been identified as a key environmental concern and has been called out by municipalities as a large contributor to land-fill waste. In addition, at the 2016 World Economic Forum it was estimated that plastic will outweigh fish in the world’s oceans by 2050 if efforts to reduce the use of plastic are not put in place.

“Recent internal research has identified that our customers feel we use too many plastic bags and that the reduction and elimination of plastic bags are the responsibility of both consumers and retailers,” said Tappenden. “While we recognize our ultimate goal of eliminating plastic film from our operations altogether won’t happen overnight, we believe our customers are open to supporting this goal by switching to reusable bags.”

The elimination of free, single-use plastic bags will roll out progressively across Walmart stores in Canada over the following months, beginning on Feb. 9 in British Columbia.

About Walmart Canada

Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of 397 stores nationwide serving more than 1.2 million customers each day. Walmart Canada’s flagship online store, walmart.ca is visited by 450,000 customers daily. With more than 95,000 associates, Walmart Canada is one of Canada’s largest employers and is ranked one of the country’s top 10 most influential brands. Walmart Canada’s extensive philanthropy program is focused on supporting Canadian families in need, and since 1994 Walmart has raised and donated more than $230 million to Canadian charities. Additional information can be found at walmartcanada.cafacebook.com/walmartcanada and at twitter.com/walmartcanada.

Contact:

Alex Roberton
Senior Director, Corporate Affairs
Walmart Canada
alex.roberton@walmart.com
514 210 7514

Source: Walmart Canada

Walmart Canada announces the appointment of Lee Tappenden as President and Chief Executive Officer, Walmart Canada

Mississauga, ON, 2016-Jul-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walmart Canada today announced the appointment of Lee Tappenden, Chief Operations Officer, Walmart Canada to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer, Walmart Canada, effective August 15. Tappenden joined Walmart in 1996 and has held a number of global leadership roles with the company, including Chief Merchandising Officer with Walmart Japan and Vice President of Merchandising for the International Division.

After joining the Walmart Canada leadership team in 2010 as Senior Vice President, Merchandise Operations, Tappenden also served as Chief Merchandising Officer. He sits on the Board of Governors for Children’s Miracle Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children at 170 hospitals across North America. Tappenden will report to David Cheesewright, President and Chief Executive Officer, Walmart International.

“Lee is extremely well poised to lead Walmart Canada and continue the momentum of growth we are seeing in this market,” said David Cheesewright, President and Chief Executive Officer, Walmart International. “He has demonstrated outstanding leadership throughout his career with Walmart internationally in both merchandising and operations, but he also brings to the role a real passion and heart for our associates and customers. Lee is the kind of person who genuinely cares about the well-being of the people who work in and shop at our stores every day – and that’s one of the things that make him an incredibly special leader,” he said.

“I’ve had the privilege of getting to know the team at Walmart Canada over the past six years,” said Tappenden. “Together, we have seen significant growth of our business, including a focus on fresh food and investments in eCommerce. I look forward to leading the team as we embark on an exciting time for our business and for our customers,” he said.

With today’s announcement, Bob Hakeem, Chief Administrative Officer, Walmart Canada will assume the role of Chief Operations Officer. After joining Walmart Canada in 2008 as Senior Vice President for the Walmart Canada People Division, Hakeem was named Executive Vice President, Human Resources in 2012. He has played an important role in developing talent and bench strength in the organization, while also helping guide the business through the introduction of Supercentres and other major changes in the market. Hakeem brings to the role more than 25 years of business experience and is an executive board member for the Retail Council of Canada.

About Walmart Canada
Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of more than 400 stores nationwide serving more than 1.2 million customers each day. Walmart Canada’s flagship online store, walmart.ca is visited by 600,000 customers daily. With more than 95,000 associates, Walmart Canada is one of Canada’s largest employers and is ranked one of the country’s top 10 most influential brands. Walmart is committed to generating zero waste, being supplied by 100 per cent renewable energy and offering customers products that are produced responsibly. Walmart Canada’s extensive philanthropy program is focused on supporting Canadian families in need, and since 1994 Walmart has raised and donated more than $250 million to Canadian charities. Additional information can be found at walmartcanada.ca.

About Walmart 
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 260 million customers and members visit our 11,527 stores under 63 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2016 revenue of $482 billion, Walmart employs more than 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.

Media Contact:

Anika Malik
anika.malik@walmart.com,
416.562.8193
Corporate Affairs, Walmart Canada

Source: Walmart Canada

Walmart Canada to introduce five-cent plastic bag fee on all single-use plastic bags

  • Five-cent plastic bag fee to discourage single use bags and eliminate plastic film from municipal land-fill to be implemented at Walmart stores in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Québec during the month of May

Mississauga, ON, 2016-May-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walmart Canada today announced the expansion of its plastic bag-reduction initiative, which includes the introduction of a five-cent plastic bag fee on all single-use plastic bags. The initiative began in British Columbia on February 9 and will expand to Walmart stores in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Québec during the month of May, 2016. Dates for Atlantic Canada will be announced in the coming months.

Working towards zero waste has been a top priority for Walmart Canada for several years. To this end, the company established 12 dedicated waste-diversion programs for products ranging from cardboard to paint, increasing its waste-diversion rate to 80 per cent in 2015. Since launching the initiative in BC, 19 million fewer single-use bags were used compared to the same three month period in 2015, a reduction of 76% or 152,000 kg of plastic, which is the weight of approximately 120 small cars.

“While we’re making strides, we recognize the critical role our customers, suppliers and our partners play in reducing waste,” said Lee Tappenden, chief operations officer at Walmart Canada. “As part of our mission to reduce plastic film waste to create a greener, cleaner Canada, we are asking customers to move away from single-use plastic shopping bags and toward reusable bags.”

Walmart Canada customers will be provided with the option to purchase reusable, discounted bags for 25 cents or plastic bags for five cents. Walmart has improved its five-cent single-use bag to be 25 per cent bigger and 25 per cent thicker, reducing the need to double bag heavier items and lowering the total number of bags used.

Charging a nominal fee for plastic bags has proven to be a highly effective way to reduce the use of plastic bags. Walmart stores in Japan and the UK have reduced distribution of single-use bags by approximately 50 per cent. In Canada, similar programs are reporting comparable reduction rates.

To further reduce plastic waste, the company is creating more efficient in-store recycling and collection programs, working with suppliers to reduce plastic packaging and allocating part of the proceeds from the five-cent fee to plastic film recycling initiatives.

About Walmart Canada
Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of more than 400 stores nationwide serving more than 1.2 million customers each day. Walmart Canada’s flagship online store, walmart.ca is visited by 500,000 customers daily. With more than 95,000 associates, Walmart Canada is one of Canada’s largest employers and is ranked one of the country’s top 10 most influential brands. Walmart is committed to generating zero waste, being supplied by 100 per cent renewable energy and offering customers products that are produced responsibly.  Walmart Canada’s extensive philanthropy program is focused on supporting Canadian families in need, and since 1994 Walmart has raised and donated more than $230 million to Canadian charities. Additional information can be found at walmartcanada.ca.

Contact:

Alex Roberton, alex.roberton@walmart.com, 514 210 7514

Senior Director, Corporate Affairs, Walmart Canada 

Walmart Canada promotes the use of reusable bags with the aim to reduce plastic waste

  • Goal is to eliminate plastic film from municipal land-fill
  • New five-cent fee to be implemented to discourage single-use bags
  • Reusable bags to be offered at a discount

Mississauga, ON, 2016-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walmart Canada today announced that beginning Feb. 9, 2016, it will stop providing free plastic bags to customers in an effort to promote the use of reusable bags and ultimately eliminate plastic film from land-fill.

The initiative is the latest waste-elimination priority in Walmart’s ongoing commitment to achieve zero waste.  Walmart Canada’s 12 waste programs — including cardboard, organics, metal and others —has resulted in the diversion of  72% of Walmart Canada’s waste from municipal land-fill sites.  

Customers will be encouraged to use reusable bags, which will be sold at a discounted rate of 25 cents. Walmart will continue to offer plastic bags at a fee of five cents per bag to those customers who request them.

“We recognize we are asking our customers to change their shopping practices, but we strongly believe that removing plastic film from our waste stream is imperative to reaching our goal of zero waste and will encourage our customers to broaden their already existing waste-reduction efforts,” said Lee Tappenden, chief operations officer at Walmart Canada. “We know from our experience in other international markets that an incentive in the form of a fee to encourage customers to adopt reusable bags reduces single-use plastic bags by more than 50%. Similar programs here in Canada have reported comparable successes.”

In addition to offering reusable bags and implementing a plastic bag fee, Walmart will be improving its in-store recycling and collection programs. The company is working with suppliers to find new ways of removing plastic from its packaging processes. Partial proceeds from the five cent fee will be used to support plastic film recycling initiatives.

The distribution of plastic bags has been identified as a key environmental concern and has been called out by municipalities as a large contributor to land-fill waste. In addition, at the 2016 World Economic Forum it was estimated that plastic will outweigh fish in the world’s oceans by 2050 if efforts to reduce the use of plastic are not put in place.

“Recent internal research has identified that our customers feel we use too many plastic bags and that the reduction and elimination of plastic bags are the responsibility of both consumers and retailers,” said Tappenden. “While we recognize our ultimate goal of eliminating plastic film from our operations altogether won’t happen overnight, we believe our customers are open to supporting this goal by switching to reusable bags.”

The elimination of free, single-use plastic bags will roll out progressively across Walmart stores in Canada over the following months, beginning on Feb. 9 in British Columbia.

About Walmart Canada
Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of 397 stores nationwide serving more than 1.2 million customers each day. Walmart Canada’s flagship online store, walmart.ca is visited by 450,000 customers daily. With more than 95,000 associates, Walmart Canada is one of Canada’s largest employers and is ranked one of the country’s top 10 most influential brands. Walmart Canada’s extensive philanthropy program is focused on supporting Canadian families in need, and since 1994 Walmart has raised and donated more than $230 million to Canadian charities. Additional information can be found at walmartcanada.ca, facebook.com/walmartcanada and at twitter.com/walmartcanada.

Contact:

Alex Roberton, Senior Director, Corporate Affairs
Walmart Canada
alex.roberton@walmart.com
514 210 7514

 

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Walmart Canada promotes the use of reusable bags with the aim to reduce plastic waste

Walmart Canada promotes the use of reusable bags with the aim to reduce plastic waste

Walmart Canada to open 15 supercentres in January 2016

  • Three supercentres to open today, 12 more on January 28
  • Grand opening of 300th supercentre on January 21; 400th Walmart store to open on January 28
  • The 15 supercentre projects represent an investment of more than $100 million and have generated approximately 700 new store jobs and 1450 construction and trade jobs


Mississauga, ON, 2016-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walmart Canada will grand open 15 supercentres this month, completing its expansion plan for the company’s current fiscal year, ending January 31, 2016. In addition to the 29 supercentre projects announced on February 22, 2015, an additional 13 supercentres were announced on May 8, 2015, of which five will grand open next week. These grand openings bring Walmart Canada’s total store count to 400 stores, including 312 supercentres and 88 discount stores.

“We’re thrilled to open our 400th location in Canada this month, as well as our 300th supercentre,” said Preyash Thakrar, senior vice president, strategy and real estate. “These supercentres will provide even more Canadian communities with affordable access to quality fresh groceries and one-stop shopping, while also saving them money.”

January 21 Supercentre Grand Openings

Quebec: Beauport (300th supercentre), Rimouski

Manitoba: Winkler

January 28 Supercentre Grand Openings

Ontario: Ottawa

Quebec: Candiac; Saint Romuald; Quebec City (400th store)

Manitoba: Winnipeg

Saskatchewan: Moose Jaw

Alberta: Brooks, Drayton Valley; Edson, Stettler

British Columbia: Maple Ridge, Trail

One-stop shopping

Walmart Supercentres offer up to 120,000 products, including a full complement of groceries –fresh produce, bakery goods, deli, meat and dairy products and organic selection as well as apparel, home decor and electronics. They also offer specialty services including pharmacies, garden centres and medical clinics.

“Walmart’s supercentres provide unparalleled access to a one-stop shopping experience,” added Thakrar. “Our supercentres deliver low prices everyday on the thousands of items Canadians want, especially quality, affordable fresh food for their families.”

Community giving

Walmart supports families in need and has one of the strongest community giving programs in Canada. To celebrate the grand openings, the stores will make donation to local organizations and will build on these donations throughout the year.

Grand opening party

Grand opening festivities are planned for each official opening. Each store will host a party the following weekend. Customers can enjoy face-painting, live music, and samples.

About Walmart Canada

With a growing chain of 397 stores, Walmart serves more than 1.2 million customers each day. Its online store, walmart.ca, is visited by over 450,000 Canadians daily. Walmart Canada’s community giving program is focused on helping Canadian families in need. Since 1994, Walmart has donated and raised more than $230 million to Canadian charities and not-for-profit organizations. Additional company information can be found at walmartcanada.ca, facebook.com/walmartcanada and at http://www.twitter.com/@walmartcanada.

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For further information please contact:
Alex Roberton, Senior Director, Corporate Affairs
Alex.roberton@walmart.com
514 210 7514

 

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Walmart Canada to open 15 supercentres in January 2016

Walmart Canada to open 15 supercentres in January 2016

Walmart Canada supports Canadian families in need with 1.2 million contribution to Breakfast Club of Canada and Food Banks Canada

Addressing a significant need: One in ten Canadians don’t know where their next meal is coming from

MISSISSAUGA, ON., 2015-12-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walmart Canada today announced a 1.2 million dollar contribution to Breakfast Club of Canada and Food Banks Canada to support Canadian families in need. According to the 2015 Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Canada, one in ten Canadians and one in five children don’t know where their next meal is coming from. The funds donated today include $600,000 to each organization – funds that will increase access to healthy food for those who need it most.

The company is building upon longstanding relationships with both organizations to address the serious issue of food insecurity in communities across the country. According to the same report, four million Canadians – including 1.34 million children – did not have adequate access to quality, nutritious food in 2015.

The donation includes $600,000 to support the Food Banks Canada food banking network and the National Food Sharing System, helping local food banks increase the amount of nutritious food options available to Canadian families. $600,000 will support Breakfast Club of Canada programs in schools across the country. According to teachers, the healthy meals and socialization provided through these programs result in improved attendance and punctuality, increased concentration, decreased bullying, and a renewed interest in curriculum subjects.

“We believe that all Canadian families deserve access to healthy food,” said Bob Hakeem, chief administrative officer, Walmart Canada. “Breakfast Club of Canada and Food Banks Canada are a vital part of Canadian communities and we are pleased and honoured to support these two commendable organizations so they can continue to help ensure Canadian families have enough food and Canadian children have a healthy start to their day.”

“The funds raised from today’s announcement will directly impact the lives of Canadian children,” said Daniel Germain, president and founder, Breakfast Club of Canada. “A healthy breakfast to start a child’s day is crucial in ensuring they are able to thrive, learn and flourish. Through these programs we are nourishing the potential of children.”

“According to our most recent HungerCount report, each month, Food Banks Canada, through its network of over 530 food banks, assists more than 850,000 people across the country,” said Katharine Schmidt, executive director, Food Banks Canada. “This donation enables us to acquire and share quality nutritious foods so families living with hunger can put food on the table,” she said.

Over the past 15 years, Walmart Canada has raised and donated more than $34 million to Breakfast Club of Canada. Since 2011, Walmart Canada has donated over $2 million to Food Banks Canada and an additional 3 million pounds of food. Today’s announcement expands on these partnerships and supports Walmart Canada’s goal of providing access to healthy food for all Canadians.

About Walmart Canada
Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of 396 stores nationwide serving more than 1.2 million customers each day. Walmart Canada’s flagship online store, walmart.ca is visited by 450,000 customers daily. With more than 90,000 associates, Walmart Canada is one of Canada’s largest employers and is ranked one of the country’s top 10 most influential brands. Walmart Canada’s extensive philanthropy program is focused on supporting Canadian families in need, and since 1994 Walmart has raised and donated more than $230 million to Canadian charities. Additional information can be found at walmartcanada.ca, facebook.com/walmartcanada and at twitter.com/walmartcanada.

About Breakfast Club of Canada
For 20 years, Breakfast Club of Canada has been nourishing children’s potential by making sure as many of them as possible have access to a healthy morning meal before school, in an environment that allows their self-esteem to grow and flourish. But the Club is much more than a breakfast program: we take a broader approach that promotes the core values of engagement, enrichment and empowerment, and we team up with communities and local partners to develop solutions adapted to their specific needs. Operating from coast to coast, the Breakfast Club of Canada helps feed 167,000 students every day in 1,455 schools.

About Food Banks Canada

Food Banks Canada supports a unique network of over 3,000 food-related organizations in every province and territory that assists more than 850,000 Canadians each month. Together our network shares over 200 million pounds of essential safe quality food annually, provides social programs that help to foster self-sufficiency, and advocates for policy change that will help create a Canada where no one goes hungry. Visit foodbankscanada.ca for more information.

Contacts:

Anika Malik
Walmart Canada
anika.malik@walmart.com
416-562-8193

Lisa Clowery
Breakfast Club of Canada
Lisa.Clowery@breakfastclubcanada.org
1-450-641-3230 ext. 3332 or 1-888-442-1217  

Marzena Gersho
Food Banks Canada
marzena@foodbankscanada.ca
647-242-5919 (mobile) or
416-203-9241 ext. 228 (office)

SOURCE: Walmart Canada Corp.

Walmart Canada’s Grab & Go Locker network expands in six GTA 7-Eleven stores

Mississauga, ON, 2015-10-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walmart Canada and 7-Eleven Canada Inc. today announced the expansion of Walmart Canada’s  Grab & Go Locker network in six GTA 7-Eleven stores. The announcement marks the first time in Canada two retailers are teaming up to offer a Grab & Go Locker service.  The service offers customers using Walmart.ca a convenient free shipping option where they can pick up their order, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at no cost. Today’s announcement expands on Walmart Canada’s current Grab & Go Locker service which offers free shipping to 45 Grab & Go Lockers in the GTA.

“Partnering with 7-Eleven to expand our Grab & Go Locker service was a natural fit. Our goal is simple – we want to provide our customers with an online shopping experience that is easy and convenient,” said Simon Rodrigue, senior vice president, ecommerce, Walmart Canada. “What better partner to help us achieve this than the world’s largest convenience retailer. We know our customers already use 7-Eleven stores in their daily routine. Now they can fuel up their car at their local 7-Eleven and pick up their Walmart.ca order in one easy stop, any day, any time, without paying shipping fees.”

“The Walmart Grab & Go Locker service is a natural extension of our quality convenience offering,” says Raj Kapoor, vice president and general manager, 7-Eleven Canada. “We know that our customers look to us to give them a one-stop shopping experience, so we’re pleased to be able to offer them this additional service. We’ll continue to listen to our customers and will evaluate the success of this pilot on an ongoing basis.”

Walmart Canada’s Grab & Go Locker service allows customers to order goods online and ship for free to a Grab & Go locker. Once the item is placed in the locker the customer is sent an email with a 6-digit PIN code. Customers then have 7 days to retrieve their items from the locker. Walmart’s Grab & Go Lockers are currently offered in select GTA Walmart stores, Walmart Canada Home Office, and Kapuskasing, Ontario.

Walmart Canada and 7-Eleven Canada Inc. have agreed to a six-month pilot of the project to evaluate customer response and usage. With today’s announcement, the following 7-Eleven locations will offer Walmart.ca Grab & Go Lockers:

  • Brampton – 131 Kennedy Road
  • Burlington – 735 Guelph Line
  • Toronto – 3355 Dundas Street West
  • Toronto – 680 Yonge Street
  • Mississauga – 2330 Battleford Road
  • Vaughan – 2067 Rutherford Road

About Walmart Canada
Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of 395 stores nationwide serving more than 1.2 million customers each day. Walmart Canada’s flagship online store, www.walmart.ca, is visited by 450,000 customers daily. With more than 90,000 associates, Walmart Canada is one of Canada’s largest employers and is ranked one of the country’s top 10 most influential brands. Walmart Canada’s extensive philanthropy program is focused on supporting Canadian families in need, and since 1994 Walmart has raised and donated more than $230 million to Canadian charities. Additional information can be found at walmartcanada.cafacebook.com/walmartcanada and at twitter.com/walmartcanada

About 7 Eleven, Inc.
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7‑Eleven operates, franchises or licenses nearly 10,500 7‑Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are more than 56,200 7‑Eleven stores in 16 countries. To find out about 7-Eleven Canada Inc., visit www.7elevenstores.ca orwww.facebook.com/7ElevenCanada.

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For further information please contact:

Anika Malik, Manager Corporate Affairs, Walmart Canada
anika.malik@walmart.com or 416-562-8193

Laurie Smith, Communications Manager 7-Eleven Canada Inc.
604-586-0711 or
Clare Hamilton, Peak Communicators
604-689-5559

Walmart Canada stores to raise money for Canadian Red Cross in support of its disaster relief and emergency preparedness activities across the country

Sets $2.6 million goal for this year’s campaign

Ottawa, ON, 2015-10-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — From October 1 to 23, 2015, all 395 Walmart Canada stores will be supporting families in need by raising money for Canadian Red Cross in support of its disaster relief and emergency preparedness activities across the country.

Beginning on Thursday, October 1, Walmart Canada customers are invited to contribute to the invaluable humanitarian work the Red Cross accomplishes in Canada. Each store will match customer contributions to a maximum of $2,000.

Since 2003, Walmart Canada has raised and donated nearly $29 million in disaster relief funding. Last year, the company raised and donated over $2.8 million for the Canadian Red Cross. These funds provided support to flood relief operations in Quebec, Manitoba and Saskatchewan as well as close to 3,000 responses to provide relief to families affected by house fires and pre-emptive evacuations. Although they often fail to make the news, these personal disasters disrupt thousands of lives every year. Every penny counts. Walmart customers can make a real difference in their community and in the lives of local families by donating at their local Walmart.

Funds raised during Walmart Canada’s annual Red Cross Campaign are set aside to help local families after disaster strikes in their respective communities. Donations support the distribution of essential emergency supplies, hot meals, new clothing and a safe place to stay for those affected, as well as training and equipment for local volunteer teams.

“For the past 12 years, Walmart Canada has supported Red Cross operations in communities across Canada, making them stronger and more resilient in their response to disaster,” said Conrad Sauvé, president and CEO of the Canadian Red Cross. “Walmart Canada is a major partner, and our relationship is one of the largest partnerships within the worldwide Red Cross Movement and all its national Societies.”

“We’re proud to support the Canadian Red Cross and bring awareness about disaster preparedness to local communities,” said Erin Mackey, Manager, Community Giving, Walmart Canada. “We take great pride in serving the communities where we operate, and are honoured to help ensure they have the support they need, when they need it most.”

About the Canadian Red Cross
The Canadian Red Cross is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which includes the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross and 189 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The Canadian Red Cross’ mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world.

About Walmart Canada
Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of 395 stores nationwide serving more than 1.2 million customers each day. Walmart Canada’s flagship online store, http://www.walmart.ca/en, is visited by 450,000 customers daily. With more than 90,000 associates, Walmart Canada is one of Canada’s largest employers and is ranked one of the country’s top 10 most influential brands. Walmart Canada’s extensive philanthropy program is focused on supporting Canadian families in need, and since 1994 Walmart has raised and donated more than $230 million to Canadian charities. Additional information can be found at walmartcanada.ca, facebook.com/walmartcanada and at twitter.com/walmartcanada.

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For more information:
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Walmart Canada and Children’s Miracle Network announce the 2016 Children’s Miracle Network Champions

Walmart fundraising for Children’s Miracle Network hits total of $100 million

Toronto, ON, 2015-9-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walmart Canada and Children’s Miracle Network this morning proudly announced the 2016 Children’s Miracle Network Champions.  These extraordinary children will work with their local hospital foundations to help raise awareness about the battles so many Canadian children are waging against critical illnesses and how Canadians can support them. Throughout 2016, these amazing kids will serve as the faces of the 4,900 children treated at Children’s Miracle Network hospitals each and every day.

Through this 21-year partnership, donations from Walmart Canada, its associates, customers and suppliers this year surpassed the incredible milestone of $100 million in support of children’s hospitals across Canada.

In recognition of these Champions, who have demonstrated incredible strength and determination in their battles with severe illnesses and are helping to rally support for their local Children’s Miracle Network hospital, Walmart is proud to be a lead sponsor of Champions across Canada.  Champion families will meet in Toronto before going to Disney World in Orlando, Florida to meet up with Champions from across the U.S.

The Champions were announced this morning in conjunction with a celebration for Sarah Stephens, a 14-year-old from Stoney Creek, Ontario who has shown tremendous spirit in fighting pre-B acute lymphoblastic leukemia with which she was diagnosed one week after her 12th birthday. Though her cancer went into remission within 30 days, she required a feeding tube and two injections daily for eight months. Now on maintenance chemotherapy, Sarah is confident she will beat the disease and continue to engage in the activities she loves, like soccer, track and field and dance, and she is already setting her sights on high school graduation.

“The strength, perseverance and positive spirit Sarah has demonstrated throughout her battle with leukemia exemplifies the universal qualities of all Children’s Miracle Network Champions and we are extremely proud to support CMN as it works to provide the resources so crucial to helping these children,” said Erin Mackey, Manager, Community Giving, Walmart Canada.

Children’s Miracle Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children at 170 hospitals across North America, 14 of which are in Canada. Funds raised by Walmart Canada support 12 hospital foundations across Canada that work to provide medical care, life-saving research and prevention education that directly impact the quality and level of care received by the children being treated at these local children’s hospitals every day.

“These amazing Champions are an inspiration to tens of thousands of children and families across Canada who enter into our network’s hospitals each year with unwavering determination to overcome adversity,” said John Lauck, president and CEO, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “These children thrive on the spirit and optimism of our Champions. We are so proud of their accomplishments and inspired by their willingness to share their stories and their commitment to raising awareness and funds to help children just like them.”

The 2016 Children’s Miracle Network Champions are:

  • Anisa Ashe – The Hospital For Sick Children, Toronto, ON
  • Laura Biesheuvel – Children’s Hospital Foundation Of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB
  • Aidan Chin – BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, Vancouver, BC
  • Payton Langenau – Alberta’s Children’s Hospital Foundation, Calgary, AB
  • Mckenna Lumley – Children’s Health Foundation, London, ON
  • Laura Rea – Opération Enfant Soleil – Quebec, QC
  • Derek Schenk – Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, Edmonton, AB
  • Sarah Stephens – McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation, Hamilton, ON
  • Matthew Verge – Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation, St. John’s, NL
  • Cohyn Wells – Children’s Hospital Foundation Of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK
  • To be announced – Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa, ON
  • To be announced – IWK Health Centre Foundation, Halifax, NS

About Walmart Canada
Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of 395 stores nationwide serving more than 1.2 million customers each day. Walmart Canada’s flagship online store, www.walmart.ca, is visited by 450,000 customers daily. With more than 90,000 associates, Walmart Canada is one of Canada’s largest employers and is ranked one of the country’s top 10 most influential brands. Walmart Canada’s extensive philanthropy program is focused on supporting Canadian families in need, and since 1994 Walmart has raised and donated more than $230 million to Canadian charities. Additional information can be found atwalmartcanada.ca, facebook.com/walmartcanada and at twitter.com/walmartcanada.

About the Children’s Miracle Network
Children’s Miracle Network® raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals, 14 of which are in Canada. These hospitals, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. When a donation is given, it stays in the community, ensuring that every dollar is helping local kids. Established in 1983, Children’s Miracle Network raises funds to support critical research, education, purchase life-saving equipment, and ensure excellence in care, all in support of our mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Learn more at ChildrensMiracleNetwork.ca.

Twitter: @CMNCanada 

Facebook: Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

For further information please contact:

Jessica Kitchen, Edelman
jessica.kitchen@edelman.com or (416) 849-2839

Tracie Napoli, Director, Corporate Partnerships, Children’s Miracle Network
tnapoli@childrensmiraclenetwork.ca or (905) 265-9750 ext. 225