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Opportunities for Indigenous Businesses in Canada Better than Ever, Shifting to Mainstream Outlets [Interview]

EJ Kwandibens reflects on Truth and Reconciliation Day as he looks to the future of indigenous businesses that are seeing success with new channels.

Video Interview: The Growing Appeal Of Pop-Up Stores in Canada

Liza Amlani talks about why the retail sector is seeing a rise in these stores, where they can be found, the formats they are appearing in, sectors of retail using them, the length of time they stay open and setting the stage for permanent stores.

Escada Shuts Remaining Canadian Store and Exits Market After Decades 

The iconic brand once had beautiful stores across the country and was worn by many affluent women. 

Clik2pay Making Online Payments Easier for Retailers and their Customers [Feature]

The company says that it is helping merchants provide payments options and reduce unnecessary credit card fees.
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Distillery District in Toronto Marks 190 Years with Eye to the Future [Interview]

The popular district houses retailers and other businesses and has a very unique history.

Cartier Renovating and Relocating Stores in Canada with Major Richemont Investment

The luxury brand recently relocated a Vancouver store following the renovation of a downtown Toronto location, with a Yorkdale store now under renovation and expansion as well. 

Montreal-Based Outerwear Brand ‘KANUK’ Plans ‘Very Surgical’ Store Expansion in Canada [Interview]

The 52 year old brand expanded outside of Montreal for the first time with a NYC location last year, and now plans for a careful store expansion are in play for major markets in Canada.

Consumers Abandon Brands that are Slow to Innovate [Report]

A new report provides insight into commerce innovation and how businesses failing to adapt could fail in the end.

Canadian Consumer Spending Sees Boost in August as Retailers Prepare for Fall/Winter [Study/Interview]

Retailers are now grappling with excess inventory as they head into the fall with concern on the horizon according to one expert.

Offline by Aerie Launches in Canada with 2 Stores

The women’s activewear brand will compete with other recent entrants at a lower price point than Lululemon or Alo.

Foot Locker Launches Canada-Only Collection in Local Partnership [Interview/Photos]

The collaboration is part of a move for Foot Locker to localize its retail offerings as well as present unique designs.

Video Interview: The Impact Of Soaring Grocery Store Prices For Canadian Consumers

Sylvain Charlebois talks about how bad inflation has gotten in Canada, why it's happened, where the costs have risen, what can consumers do, what can grocery stores do, and what the future looks like.

Retailers Strategize on People, Profits, and Purpose at the Retail West Conference, October 27, 2022

The one day event will be held in Vancouver at the Westin Bayshore.

Burberry Shuts Wholesale Boutique Spaces in Canada Amid DTC Exclusivity Push 

The UK-based luxury brand has pulled out of several retailers as it adopts a new business model that includes concessions and standalone stores.

Majority of Canadian Retailers Self-Identify as ‘Intelligent’ as Digital Takes Hold [Study/Interview]

A shift following the pandemic has technology moving to the forefront as retailers grapple with supply chain and other major issues.

White Spot ‘Triple O’s’ Marks 25th Anniversary with Plans to Expand Further into Canada [Interview]

The popular Vancouver-based burger concept will expand its reach Eastward with a push into Ontario and beyond.

‘Worst Time in History’ for Retail Staffing in Canada Says Expert [Interview]

Incentives are required according to Suzanne Sears, at a time when there are more jobs than people while those previously working in retail move on.

Herschel Supply Co to Open 1st Toronto Storefront with Plans for Expansion in Canada and Beyond [Interview]

The popular Vancouver-based baggage and accessory brand is making a significant direct-to-consumer push with its dynamic store concept.

It’s Time for Canadian Grocery Retailers to Freeze Prices Amid Accusations of ‘Greedflation’ [Op-Ed]

Sylvain Charlebois says now is the time for grocers to step up in order to stop accusations of gouging as consumers struggle more than ever.

Canadiana Heritage Fashion Brand Red Canoe Looks to Expansion Through Partnerships and Stores [Feature Interview]

The unique retail concept includes two standalone storefronts with a rustic theme, and the company is looking to potentially enter new markets with stores.

Video Interview: Canadian Small Business Owners Continue To Struggle With Sales

CFIB's Dan Kelly talks about how sales are still not back to normal for companies, the amount of debt taken on during the pandemic, how they are struggling with labour shortages, supply chain issues and what to expect this holiday shopping season.

Manitobah Mukluks Launches 1st Permanent Flagship Store as Brand Expands Retail Presence [Interview]

The brand has been increasingly popular with consumers, retailing a range of mukluks and moccasins using materials from deerskin, sheepskin, rabbit fur and other materials with plans for more stores as well as a Nordstrom partnership.

Walmart Canada Introduces AI Tech to Avoid Out-of-Stock in Stores [Interview]

Cameras scan shelves to determine what needs replenishing, creating efficiencies for the retailer which is continuing to invest in its Canadian operations.

Fendi Opens 1st Standalone Canadian Storefront [Photos]

The luxury brand has had a concession presence at Holts for several years and following Holts’ move to outlaw fur in its stores, Fendi has gone standalone in the country for the first time. 

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