When we look back on the beginnings of this pandemic, food supply and grocery commerce are top of mind. The rush to stock up on household supplies and find what we needed to keep our families safe created disruptions with supply chains and sparked consumer panic. Yet, these needs also sparked innovation and drove the grocery industry to adapt to new consumer behaviours. On this episode of RBC Disruptors, John Stackhouse chats with Sarah Davis, President of Loblaw and Nilam Ganenthiran, President of Instacart about the changes they’ve made throughout the pandemic and the future of grocery in Canada.
In the midst of a global crisis, getting food from farm to fork has never been more important, and in some ways, more challenging. Nothing has been more essential than keeping Canadians fed and supplied. At the forefront of this is Loblaw, a fourth-generation Canadian company and the largest non-government employer in the country. Through their COVID pivots they are leading the charge on enhancing customer convenience and keeping Canadians safe and stocked up. Instacart is the North American leader in online grocery – they have the largest grocery delivery network in America with more than 500,000 active full-service shoppers. On this episode of RBC Disruptors, John Stackhouse discusses the changes and challenges in grocery commerce with Sarah Davis, President of Loblaw and Nilam Ganenthiran, President of Instacart.