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In Canada, the Financial Post reports that Loblaws "is launching an online marketplace featuring toys and furniture from new vendors, as Canada’s largest retailer seeks to be more like Amazon.com Inc. or Walmart Inc. in the home delivery of a multitude of products … The new offerings include products by Canadian design and décor firm Umbra and Lennox Furniture Inc. and other products from baby-care to pets the grocery and pharmacy chain owner hasn’t traditionally stocked in a bid to boost complementary sales."

“Through this expanded PC Express offering, we will provide (customers) with a curated, edited assortment of products that complement their current shop, from some exciting new vendors,” Garry Senecal, Loblaw’s chief customer officer, said in a statement.

The Post writes that Loblaws "is betting on the expansion of business as online shopping and home delivery become the new normal with giants such as Amazon, much like printed catalogues heralded the consumer age a century ago."
KC's View:
I suppose this makes sense … though I'm not entirely persuaded that it makes sense for Loblaws to go to war with Amazon on Amazon's battlefield. That said, Loblaws is a very good retailer and may well be able to make this work. But I always think it is more important to do what the other guy can't do or isn't doing.