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•  No surprise here … Clorox saw its Q4 sales go up 24 percent and annual sales go up 10 percent, the company said this week.

Wait a minute.  In this pandemic, sales only went up that much?  I'm actually am little surprised. 

•  The Ottawa Business Journal reports that Empire Company, parent to the Sobeys and Safeway chains in Canada, plans to ramp up its expansion of the Farm Boy banner that it acquired in 2018.  Some 20 new locations are planned for the Ontario province, the story says.

The Journal also says that Empire plans to expand its e-commerce delivery systems, utilizing both Ocado-developed robotic warehouses and a store pick model that is more appropriate for areas not densely enough populated to justify the building of as fulfillment center.