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Loblaw executive chairman Galen G. Weston, left, and Shoppers chair of the board Mart Holger Kluge shake hands during a news conference in Toronto, July 15, 2013.
Loblaw executive chairman Galen G. Weston, left, and Shoppers chair of the board Mart Holger Kluge shake hands during a news conference in Toronto, July 15, 2013.
(MARK BLINCH/REUTERS)

What does the Loblaw-Shoppers Drug Mart marriage mean for consumers?

You’ve heard about synergies. They’ve talked about logistics. But the simple mechanics of Loblaw Companies’ acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart may seem a bit fuzzy.

For the everyday consumer, what changes? And in layman’s terms, how will it help the two companies?

Executives answered the deal’s pressing questions on a conference call Monday morning. Here’s what you need to know: