How indie grocers are doing and how they can better compete was the focus of session at recent DCI conference
How are independent grocers faring in this country? That was one of the questions explored at DCI’s Business Summit 2019, held last week in Toronto.
Stan McClintock, vice-president of sales at FMS, a grocery retail consulting firm that publishes annual independent grocer financial surveys in both the U.S. and Canada, spoke of the “ever-changing” competitive threats facing independent grocers. Players such as Walmart and Amazon are becoming a bigger and bigger part of the equation as their grocery sales grow; convenience stores are selling “more and more of the same products we’re selling,” he said, as operators in this channel seek to appeal to convenience-focused shoppers and grab more grocery dollars.