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Canadian Retail News From Around The Web For May 27th, 2024

Canadian Retail News From Around The Web

News at a Glance

Retail Insider is streamlining its Canadian retail news from around the web to include a handful of top news stories that can be viewed quickly during the day. Here are the top stories from the past several days.

Canada March retail sales down 0.2% on furniture; seen up 0.7% in April (Reuters)

Loblaws, Sobeys owners under investigation by Competition Bureau for alleged anti-competitive conduct (CBC)

RONA announces more store conversions (Hardlines)

Canada’s milk supply still clear of bird flu amid growing problem in U.S. (Global)

Restaurants Canada says price increases coming to B.C. chicken ‘unsustainable’ (CityNews)

Businesses at Westmount Shopping Centre served end of tenancy notice (Edmonton Journal)

Alcohol sales coming to Ontario corner stores by September, will pay $225m to Beer Store for early rollout (CBC)

Dollarama, Costco, Metro and other companies face class-action over recyclable bags in Quebec (Toronto Star)

Opinion: London Drugs’ response to cyberattack a case study in crisis management (BIV)

Exclusive: Canadian liquor retailer LCBO upgrades e-commerce with AI (Chain Store Age)

SHEIN clothing sale is happening for a short period of time in Mississauga (InSauga)

Calgary halal business allowed to reopen (CTV)

Vancouver shopper’s video goes viral for showing underweight bag of frozen No Name veggies (Yahoo)

Burnaby liquor store offers below government prices (Burnaby Now)

Wehwehneh Bahgahkinahgohn development in former downtown Winnipeg Bay building gets another $31M from feds (CBC)

Mourning ‘Mr. Gananoque,’ a small-town fixture for nearly 100 years (CBC)

Declining Sales and Footfall Plague Canadian Retailers [J.C. Williams Group StatCan Analysis]

Montreal Eaton Centre (Image: Craig Patterson)

By J.C. Williams Group

Canadian retail sales slumped in March with All Stores declining -1.7% YOY, with discretionary categories (All Stores Less Automotive, Food, and Pharmacies) down -2.5% YOY. March experienced two fewer shopping days (Good Friday and Easter Monday) in 2024 compared to 2023, but this is only a small factor as high levels of inflation continue.

Retail in general is seeing fluctuating footfall in Canada. Shopping centres are down approximately -6.3%, whereas BIAs are up by 10.9% at the end of March 2024, as compared to 2023. While this does not immediately correlate to sales, this is a telling factor that can predict the prevalence of browsing and potential future purchases.

Grocery prices and the associated large grocers were top of mind in March, and remain top of mind at the time of writing. Grocery prices are up over 20% compared to this time in 2021 and consumers have responded in multiple ways, including moving to lower cost options and full boycotts. A partial result of these changes in consumer behaviour have resulted in continued increased revenue for Specialty Food Stores.

  • In March, the category’s revenue is up 10.3% YOY. January and February also saw increased revenues, up 6.6% YOY and 14.4% YOY respectively.
  • Canadians are more willing to shop with small grocery stores. In a study by Wagepoint, findings included: 58% of consumers are willing to pay more for items/services in order to support a local grocery store, with 78% wishing they could do some or all of their shopping at a small business. A large barrier for consumers is access. There are insufficient small grocery options in their area, or they are not aware of them.
RONA+ Charlemagne (Image: RONA)

Building Material and Garden Equipment stores were down -4.7% YOY in March, echoing what we are hearing from the industry. Both Lowes and Home Depot both reported decreased sales in Q1 2024, which had been predicted; Lowes was down -4.4% YOY and Home Depot -2.3% YOY.

  • Lowes, specifically, experienced decreases in both average transaction size as well as number of transactions. Overall, these decreases are as a result of fewer discretionary sales (patio furniture, barbecues, etc.), as well as decreases in consumers taking on large scale projects, such as remodels.
  • Home Depot, whose sales were also down, may not have had such a large decrease as a result of a higher contractor sales percentage. Contractors make up around 20-25% of Lowe’s sales, where as they make up about half of Home Depot’s.

With summer fully underway at the time of writing, and with the announcement of indefinite boycotts, JCWG is thinking about:

  • When will boycotts against large grocery chains end? Will there be a noticeable impact on sales?
  • What categories will be the most affected as a result of upcoming mortgage renewals?
  • Will shopping centres start to gain further traffic throughout the summer and into the fall? Are BIAs going to continue to outpace them?
  • How are YOU preparing summer 2024?

Thank you J.C. Williams Group for this report.

US-Based Second-Hand Electronics Retailer ‘PayMore’ to Enter Canada with Rapid Store Expansion [Interview]

Image: PayMore

Second-hand electronics retailer PayMore, based in the United States, is expanding its retail footprint into Canada.

Stephen Preuss, Co-Founder and CEO of PayMore Stores, said the brand’s goal is to grow to as many communities as it can “because as long as technology is around, people will need to buy, sell, trade, and recycle their devices.”

Stephen Preuss

PayMore was founded in Massapequa, New York to obtain and repurpose old electronics and recirculate them back into the marketplace instead of having them pile up in landfills.

“We are a buy, sell, trade, recycle electronics retail store. We started this path in 2004 my partner and I . . . We built our business on technology and data. We just happen to sell electronics in a retail format. We ran our business in Long Island and then we started franchising in 2020. We opened up our second location at that point in time,” said Preuss.

Image: PayMore

“To date now, we have 36 stores open in 16 different states. We have another 55 being opened this year. So by the end of the year we should have 100 locations open in 29 different states. And we have contracted now including stores that we have open about 270 that are opening in the United States and we are now opening several in Canada as well.

“It’s a retail format where people come in. They have optionality in electronics which is not available anywhere else besides us. It got to the point where people were looking for different options outside of going to an Apple store and paying $3000 for a phone or going to Best Buy and having to buy something new off the shelf. We have really opened up the channels of optionality in the second-hand electronics space and we’ve also, one of our big missions when we started this, was to really revolutionize the second-hand industry as a whole which is highly stigmatized. When you think of second-hand industry you think of a pawn shop. And that’s not what we are. We are a clean, regimented, franchise business where people are comfortable coming in in better shopping centres. We have beautiful stores and our technology allows our customers that are interfacing with our staff to be highly educated on what they can pay for that item and we believe in giving a fair deal so customers come back. Overall, we’ve really changed the concept, the feel and the execution of the second-hand store.”

He said customers return 70 per cent of the time which is highly extraordinary compared to other second-hand stores that customers only come back about seven per cent of the time.

Preuss said Canada is the brand’s first international exposure. 

“The Canadian market is very similar to the U.S. market. But not only that, there is the understanding of what a second-hand market is there. As well, the retail and the real estate is very similar. And also there’s not a lot of differences between the technology stack that we use in the U.S. as opposed to some of the other places that we’re looking into internationally,” he said.

“So it was a natural progression for us. Everywhere we put one of our stores in the U.S. we’ve become the highest grossing second-hand store in that specific market. Now we have so much exposure in the U.S. it was a natural progression for us in Canada. It really took a long time. It took about a year and a half to find the right first mover for us in Canada which we’ve found with our franchisee that’s doing five stores in the Ontario area.”

Image: PayMore

Preuss said the first store will open in August with a second store to follow before the end of the year in the Greater Toronto Area.

“We have mapped out the entirety of Canada. Real estate is my background. So we’ve worked with some local folks there to map it out. We’re looking at 120 stores in Canada over the next 10 years, coast to coast,” he said. 

Image: PayMore

Spearheading this deal for the brand is Ontario native Richard Price, who brings over 20 years of experience as a director of sales, selling and managing teams from SMB to enterprise in multiple successful SaaS Businesses. 

“I wanted more freedom in my career and as a first-time entrepreneur, I also wanted to see a proven concept that will help each community that it’s a part of,” said Price. “The market for buying and selling electronic devices is huge not only in Canada, but around the world. Seeing PayMore’s growth and success in the United States, on top of its mission to pay people for their unused tech and to safely recycle unwanted tech, made this the perfect opportunity for us and this market.”

Decoding Your Dog’s Great Escape: Understanding Common Reasons Behind Escapist Behavior

As much as we love our furry companions, it can be frustrating and concerning when they constantly attempt to escape from our homes or yards. Escapist behavior in dogs is not only a nuisance but also poses serious risks to their safety and well-being. Dogs that roam freely can get lost, injured, or even harm other animals or people. To address this issue effectively, it’s crucial to understand the underlying reasons that drive dogs to escape. In this article, we’ll explore the most common factors that contribute to escapist behavior in dogs and provide insights into how to tackle this problem.

Boredom and Lack of Mental Stimulation

One of the primary reasons dogs attempt to escape is boredom and a lack of mental stimulation. Dogs are intelligent, curious creatures that require regular engagement and activity to stay happy and healthy. When left alone for extended periods or confined to a dull, monotonous environment, they may seek out ways to entertain themselves, often leading to escapist behavior.

To combat boredom-induced escaping, it’s essential to provide your dog with ample mental and physical stimulation. This can include:

  • Interactive play sessions with you or other dogs
  • Puzzle toys and food-dispensing games
  • Regular exercise through walks, runs, or visits to the dog park
  • Training sessions that challenge your dog’s mind and reinforce obedience

By keeping your dog’s mind and body engaged, you can reduce the likelihood of them seeking out their own entertainment through escaping.

Separation Anxiety and Fear

Another common reason dogs attempt to escape is separation anxiety or fear. Dogs are social animals that form strong bonds with their owners and may become distressed when left alone. This anxiety can manifest in various ways, including destructive behavior, excessive barking, and attempts to escape in search of their owners.

If your dog’s escapist behavior seems to be triggered by your absence, it’s crucial to address the underlying separation anxiety. Some strategies to help your dog feel more secure and comfortable when alone include:

  1. Gradually accustoming your dog to being alone through short, positive experiences
  2. Providing a safe, comfortable space for your dog to retreat to, such as a crate or designated room
  3. Using calming aids like pheromone diffusers, soothing music, or anxiety wraps
  4. Not making a big fuss when leaving or returning home, as this can heighten your dog’s anxiety

In severe cases of separation anxiety, it may be necessary to consult with a professional dog trainer or behaviorist to develop a tailored treatment plan.

Mating Instincts and Territorial Behavior

For intact dogs (those not spayed or neutered), the desire to mate can be a powerful motivator for escaping. Male dogs may catch the scent of a female in heat and become determined to find her, while female dogs in heat may try to escape to find a mate. This instinct-driven behavior can be difficult to control and puts your dog at risk of unwanted pregnancies and potential conflicts with other dogs.

Similarly, some dogs may escape due to territorial behavior, particularly if they sense a perceived threat to their space. This can include other dogs, wild animals, or even human visitors. Dogs that are not properly socialized or have a strong prey drive may be more prone to this type of escapist behavior.

To address mating instincts and territorial behavior, consider:

  • Spaying or neutering your dog, which can reduce hormone-driven urges to escape
  • Ensuring your dog is well-socialized and trained to respond to basic commands
  • Securing your yard with a reliable fence or containment system, such as a GPS wireless dog fence
  • Supervising your dog when outdoors and keeping them on a leash in public spaces

Inadequate or Inconsistent Training

Escapist behavior can also stem from inadequate or inconsistent training. Dogs that have not been properly taught boundaries or have not learned to respect their owner’s commands may be more likely to wander off or ignore attempts to call them back.

To prevent escaping through training, focus on:

  1. Teaching your dog basic obedience commands like “come,” “stay,” and “leave it”
  2. Consistently reinforcing good behavior with positive rewards
  3. Establishing clear boundaries and rules for your dog’s movement and access to certain areas
  4. Regularly practicing recall training in various environments with increasing distractions

Remember, training is an ongoing process that requires patience, consistency, and positive reinforcement. If you’re struggling to manage your dog’s behavior, consider working with a professional trainer who can provide guidance and support.

Environmental Factors and Opportunities

Finally, it’s essential to consider the role of environmental factors and opportunities in your dog’s escapist behavior. Dogs are opportunistic creatures and may take advantage of any weaknesses in their containment or lapses in supervision to make a break for it.

Some common environmental factors that contribute to escaping include:

  • Inadequate or damaged fencing with gaps, holes, or low heights
  • Unsecured gates or doors left open accidentally
  • Outdoor distractions like small animals, interesting scents, or passersby
  • Uncomfortable weather conditions, such as extreme heat or cold

To minimize environmental escape opportunities:

  1. Regularly inspect and maintain your fencing, gates, and doors to ensure they are secure and in good repair
  2. Provide your dog with a comfortable, sheltered space to retreat to during inclement weather
  3. Keep your dog supervised or safely contained when unable to directly monitor their activity
  4. Remove or block access to potential escape routes, such as low windows or unsecured crawl spaces

Conclusion

Escapist behavior in dogs can be a challenging and concerning issue for pet owners, but understanding the common reasons behind this behavior is the first step in finding effective solutions. By addressing factors such as boredom, anxiety, instincts, training gaps, and environmental opportunities, you can help your furry friend feel more secure, content, and less likely to seek out adventures beyond the boundaries of your home.

Remember, every dog is unique, and what works for one may not work for another. Be patient, consistent, and willing to adapt your approach as needed. If your dog’s escapist behavior persists despite your best efforts, don’t hesitate to seek the guidance of a professional trainer or behaviorist who can provide tailored advice and support. With dedication, understanding, and a commitment to meeting your dog’s needs, you can help keep them safe, happy, and content within the loving boundaries of your care.

Canada’s Competition Bureau Launches Investigation into Loblaws and Sobeys [Op-Ed]

Photo: Loblaw.ca

The recent move by Canada’s Competition Bureau to investigate the parent companies of grocery giants Loblaws and Sobeys marks a significant step in addressing anticompetitive behavior in the retail grocery sector. This investigation, initiated on March 1, focuses on the alleged use of property controls by these firms, which purportedly restrict competition through their lease agreements and control over land vacancies. With these two companies holding a combined market share of over 50% in the Canadian food retailing market, the potential implications are substantial.

According to Federal Court records, the Commissioner of Competition’s inquiry centers on suspicions that Loblaws and Sobeys are using their property controls to limit the activities of potential tenants, thereby reducing competition. This is particularly concerning in rural areas where communities often have limited grocery options, making them especially vulnerable to such practices. The allegations suggest that these companies are not only controlling who can lease space in shopping centers but also holding onto vacant lands to prevent competitors from entering the market.

Sobeys’ parent company has responded by calling the inquiry “unlawful,” reflecting the tension and defensiveness within the industry. However, many observers are not surprised by these developments, as the grocery sector has long been criticized for its market control tactics. The investigation underscores a broader issue: the control of market access and the strategic importance of location in the grocery business. These companies have mastered the art of location optimization, ensuring their dominance by strategically positioning and protecting their stores.

The public’s frustration with the grocery industry has been building, partly due to the long-running bread price-fixing scandal that has plagued both the industry and the Competition Bureau. After nine years, the investigation remains unresolved, eroding public trust. The current investigation into Loblaws and Sobeys is a crucial opportunity for the Bureau to demonstrate its commitment to protecting consumers and ensuring fair competition.

Within the grocery industry, there is a prevailing belief among executives that their practices are justified, driven by the need to maximize profits and serve customers. These practices have become normalized over decades, making it challenging to shift industry culture. However, the current food security crisis in Canada, highlighted by a poor rating from Food Banks Canada, has made the public less tolerant of actions that limit their access to affordable food options.

The Competition Bureau’s role is akin to law enforcement in ensuring market fairness. Just as speed limits and police patrols keep roads safe, the Bureau’s oversight is essential to prevent anticompetitive practices in the grocery sector. For the Bureau to regain public trust, it must complete this investigation swiftly and transparently, with clear recommendations made public. This will signal to both the industry and consumers that the Bureau is actively policing the market.

While the public needs to be educated about the complexities of the food industry, it is equally crucial for grocers to recognize that they are dealing with a more informed and less tolerant consumer base. The Competition Bureau’s investigation is a necessary step in aligning industry practices with public expectations and ensuring a fair and competitive market. This shift begins with robust oversight and decisive action from the Bureau.

Flagship Retail Space Available for Lease at at 777 Ste-Catherine St. W. in Downtown Montreal

777 Ste-Catherine Street West in Montreal. Photo supplied

A premier flagship retail space at the bustling intersection of Sainte-Catherine Street West and McGill College Avenue in downtown Montreal is available for lease. Located at 777 Sainte-Catherine Street West, the retail opportunity is ideal for retailers and other businesses looking to establish a high-profile presence in one of the city’s most coveted locations.

Often dubbed Montreal’s “Champs Élysées,” McGill College Avenue provides a distinguished setting for the retail space. The building’s architecture combines classic elements with contemporary design, featuring intricately detailed moldings and ornate light fixtures throughout its grand interior. This striking aesthetic creates an appealing atmosphere for retailers seeking a unique and luxurious environment for their operations, with the opportunity to modify the space to make it appear more contemporary. McGill College Avenue is seeing updates that will turn it into a pedestrian promenade.

Main floor. Photo: Darwin Doleyres

Spanning 26,463 square feet across five levels, the space at 777 Sainte-Catherine Street West offers ample room for a variety of retail configurations. The ground floor boasts a substantial 30-foot ceiling and 5,453 square feet of open retail space, perfect for large displays or flagship operations. The mezzanine provides 3,946 square feet, while the third floor and lower levels add additional flexibility for various retail concepts. With a frontage of 54 feet on Sainte-Catherine Street West and 120 feet on McGill College Avenue, this retail space ensures high visibility and excellent foot traffic.

Looking from the mezzanine level to the main floor. Photo: Darwin Doleyres

Its central location near major landmarks like the Montreal Eaton Centre and McGill University makes the retail space an attractive proposition for both businesses and customers. Additionally, its proximity to Peel and McGill metro stations, both within a five-minute walk, offers convenient public transportation access for staff and visitors.

Looking from the mezzanine level to the main floor. Photo: Darwin Doleyres

As part of Phase 1 of the Sainte-Catherine Street West Revitalization Project, the space is positioned in a key area experiencing significant growth and investment. Leasing the retail space provides a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of downtown Montreal’s transformation, with the potential to attract both local residents and tourists.

One can take a virtual walk through the space via a Matterport tour.

Anyone interested in leasing 777 Sainte-Catherine Street West can contact:

Jordan Karp, EVP, Savills Canada: 1-416-922-2223, jkarp@savills.ca

Ryan Morein, SVP, Savills Canada: 1-416-922-2224, rmorein@savills.ca

Manon Parisien, SVP/COO, Aurora Realty Consultants: 1-514-627-0321, mparisien@auroraconsultants.com

Anatomy of a Leader: Sarah Segal, CEO of DAVIDsTEA

Anatomy of a Leader: Sarah Segal, CEO of DAVIDsTEA

The entrepreneurial spirit has been in Sarah Segal’s blood since she was a child.

Today, the well-known Canadian businesswoman is CEO of DAVIDsTEA since December 2020 and President of Squish Candy since January 2014.

Segal was born and raised in Montreal. She has a B.A. in Environmental Health from McGill University. Her junior year was spent at the London School of Economics. 

She took a job out of university and went to China, working with the Junior Professional Consultants Program with the Canadian government. At the time, Segal worked within the United Nations organization. While working there, her boss recommended she do a Masters at Oxford University and she ended up doing a Masters in Water Science, Policy and Management.

“I had the pleasure of growing up in a retail family, both my grandparents’ side and my parents as well. We’re very entrepreneurial in our own way. My parents directly ran a couple of businesses. So from a very young age, my earliest job was working in my mom’s toy store which was a beloved toy store in Westmount here in Montreal. It was called Oink Oink,” said Segal. “She became known for free gift wrapping.”

Image: Sarah Segal

The store was open throughout Segal’s life growing up. It closed about a year or so ago.

“I really loved it. I grew up in a store. You learn a lot being around customers. I really loved wrapping. I loved gifting. I loved helping people find the perfect gift. I loved the full environment of that store which was pure joy. Now I have kids and I understand the whole toy dynamic,” she said.

“You learned through osmosis. Like merchandising and display. I would get to do the window. And I learned to work with customers and work with cash at a very young age. I don’t think you study that necessarily.”

As she grew up, her father founded Le Chateau and her mother helped run that retailer since 1959. 

Segal also worked in many clothing stores. 

“That was really my exposure to customers and customer service and helping customers. It was a very enjoyable line of work for me. It just felt like something you did. I gravitated towards it.

“I love talking to people. At the end of the day, I feel maybe shy in other situations but when I’m working in a retail environment I’m not shy. And I think as I grew older and more self aware I realized what kind of energy it gives you.”

Image: Sarah Segal

After graduating with her Masters, Segal joined DAVIDsTEA in 2010 in the area of product development. She became CEO in December 2020.

“I had this desire to do a similar concept as DAVIDsTEA with candy. And I saw this opportunity at a certain point. I remember wanting the vibe of opening stores and trying that entrepreneurial spirit and just so excited about the candy space and discovering this world of gummy bears,” she said of how Squish was created.

When Segal looks back at her family background and its entrepreneurial spirit, she said she learned that it takes hard work.

“I really do think (her parents) led by example. They worked 24/7. I don’t know if that’s a generational thing or a cultural thing. I’m sure a lot of people can speak to it in their own ways but for my parents they worked 24/7. I never really saw them turn off. Even on our family vacations, they would be on buying trips. It was their whole life,” said Segal. “I guess I just knew that from a very young age that it’s very involved.”

Segal said it’s definitely a time of change and evolution today in the retail industry.

“But I think retail has been evolving for quite a number of years. There are some things that haven’t changed. I still think that people want to connect in a very real way with the brand, have discussions, learn about the products, have an experience. We’re seeing such great energy in our stores. It’s still really relevant to have that human connection and to smell, touch, taste,” she said.

“I think the things that are changing are how many stores you need to have that impact, how far people are willing to displace or go to have an experience. That’s been changing for 10 plus years and kind of accelerated at this point. So I think being very, very thoughtful of where you go and how you reach your customers now with all the data we have with online sales and everything you can be very thoughtful about where you pop up or where you open. It can change and has changed.

“But I don’t think stores and in person activation is declining in any way. It’s even more relevant as a complement to a digital experience.”

Image: DAVIDsTEA

Segal said she tries to lead by example. She’s very involved in the business.

“I believe authenticity and trust is something that you build over time. I was lucky enough to come into an organization where a lot of people already knew me. That really helped in terms of me getting feedback, having that trust and open communication,” said Segal. “I believe that’s what allowed us to survive through such a big transition. It’s been our ability to communicate openly in our organization. I’ve had two children since I’ve been in this role. I’ve been a working mom. I didn’t even take a mat leave. There’s other parents in the company who were very collaborative.

“It’s a very honest and open communication and it is something that prioritizes flexibility. I hope the team feels they can talk to me about the real life struggles they face because I live it every day and share with them that you can be fully committed and work a lot but also not at the expense of your family. That’s something we’re all aligned on internally.”

Her children are two and five years old. How does she manage to juggle that, being a parent of young children and running a company?

“A lot of support. I have support here at the office. So much understanding . . . I think everyone understands when I go home for dinner. I’m going to cook for my kids, I’m going to drop them off for school. If my daughter is with me, they know why. I think it’s really normalizing those two roles. I’m not alone. Everybody aligns here and has the same situation and appreciates my values around that.”

Beyond family time and work, Segal loves playing tennis. She’s a long-time tennis lover. 

“I’m very active. I played a lot of sports in the past. Team sports don’t translate into adult life so easily because of the time restrictions . . . So tennis is what I’ve been able to keep going. And I walk a lot. It’s my life hack, my pandemic habit, that continues. It’s something I can do while pushing a kid or having them on my back,” she said.

“That’s the one thing I’ve been able to maintain that doesn’t have a schedule. With work and kids, I’m at the stage where scheduling is almost impossible.

“I’ll walk in the rain or the snow, whatever. I’m very Montrealer like that. My other hack I started a few years ago was restorative yoga . . . Twenty minutes at night changed my whole alignment. It’s so enjoyable . . . It’s been a way for me to process the day and when you’re with so many people in the day, that time has been a big win for me.”

How to Get Your Sunroom Ready for Summer

A sunroom is ideal for gathering with loved ones or just by yourself to enjoy the outdoors and summer weather. Whether you’ve had your sunroom for years or it’s a recent addition, preparing it for summer can help you make the most of it. Discussed below are ways to get your sunroom ready for summer.

  1. Decorate

Decorating your sunroom not only makes it more attractive and comfortable but also efficient. It helps transform the space into an inviting and relaxing place you can enjoy in summer and beyond. If you aren’t sure of how to decorate a sunroom, start by selecting a color palette, as it will guide you on the decor options you’re looking at while ascertaining that everything looks cohesive. When decorating your sunroom, consider:

  • Choosing furniture thoughtfully: The best furniture for your sunroom should complement your home’s design. Look at the materials, colors, and textures used in your interior decor and opt for furniture that aligns with the existing style for a stylish, cohesive look
  • Adding plants: This can turn the sunroom into your favorite space because plants will not only complement your design but also act as mood boosters, air purifiers, and stress relievers
  • Playing around with accessories: Incorporating throw pillows, rugs, and other accessories into your sunroom’s decor can add warmth and comfort to the space
  1. Insulate the sunroom

Insulation is among the most critical things you can do to prepare your sunroom for summer. Since the room is meant to capture natural light, it can quickly turn into the most uncomfortable space during warmer months. Unsealed windows and doors are a common cause of heat transfer. Heat seeps via the tiny gaps between door frames and window panes, leading to temperature buildup in the sunroom. Sealing these gaps can help keep your sunroom cool during summer. You can also install tinted windows to block sun UV rays and minimize temperature in your sunroom.

  1. Install window treatments

Window treatments are a perfect addition to a sunroom when preparing it for warmer weather. Besides regulating temperature to keep the space comfortable in summer, sunroom window treatments also provide sun protection, which helps prevent flooring and furniture from fading and fabrics from wearing sooner. These treatments also come in different materials and styles, which can help personalize your decor and attain your preferred ambiance.

  1. Add a ceiling fan

Ceiling fans can effectively circulate air in your sunroom. As their blades rotate, they push warm air toward the ceiling and cool air down, improving the space’s air quality and comfort. Ceiling fans can also help cool your sunroom down in summer while repelling insects. Since ceiling fans have many styles and textures, installing them can boost your sunroom’s beauty.

  1. Install an HVAC solution

Sunrooms can become extremely hot during warmer months. Installing HVAC can help keep the space cooler. Some of the HVAC solutions to consider include:

  • A ductless mini split: They’re energy-efficient, easy to install, and perfect for helping cool individual spaces
  • Extend the existing HVAC system: If your current HVAC system is big enough to serve the sunroom, get the ductwork added to reach the sunroom
  • Portable ACs: These can be moved wherever needed and are ideal for cooling your sunroom
  • Wall or window air conditioners: These units are perfect for smaller sunrooms or for anyone working with a tight budget

Endnote

Preparing your sunroom for warm weather makes the space comfortable and inviting. Use these tips to get your sunroom ready for summer.

Apple Launches Tap to Pay on iPhone in Canada, Revolutionizing Contactless Payments for Businesses

Image: Apple

Apple has launched Tap to Pay on iPhone in Canada which it says allows businesses to seamlessly and securely accept payments from contactless credit and debit cards, Apple Pay, and other digital wallets using only an iPhone and a partner-enabled iOS app.

The retailer said no additional hardware or payment terminal is required.

Jennifer Bailey

“Canadians increasingly rely on a variety of digital and contactless payment options, so we’re excited to partner with payment platforms to offer merchants across Canada a private, secure, and easy-to-use capability that meets customers where they are,” said Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s vice president of Apple Pay and Apple Wallet, in a statement.

“We’ve seen how merchants and customers around the world appreciate the versatility of Tap to Pay on iPhone, and in a region as diverse as Canada’s, we look forward to making it easy for businesses of any size to transact from coast to coast with just an iPhone.”

Image: Square

Apple said payment platforms and developers can integrate Tap to Pay on iPhone into their iOS apps, making it easy for merchants to enable this secure and convenient capability. Starting today, Adyen, Moneris, Stripe, and Square are the first payment platforms in Canada to offer Tap to Pay on iPhone. 

In the coming months, Aurus; Chase Payment Solutions, a part of J.P. Morgan Payments; Fiserv; and Helcim will enable Tap to Pay on iPhone for customers in Canada. Tap to Pay on iPhone will also be available at merchants such as Sephora, as well as Apple Store locations across the country later this year. Tap to Pay on iPhone works with contactless credit and debit cards from leading payment networks, including American Express, Interac, Mastercard, and Visa, said the company.

“With Tap to Pay on iPhone, merchants can unlock contactless payment acceptance through a supporting iOS app on an iPhone Xs or later running the latest iOS version. At checkout, the merchant will simply prompt the customer to hold their contactless credit or debit card, iPhone, or Apple Watch, or other digital wallet near the merchant’s iPhone, and the payment will be securely completed using NFC technology. No additional hardware is needed, so merchants can accept payments from wherever they do business. Contactless payments such as Apple Pay are already accepted at more than 90 per cent of Canadian retailers, and with this new capability, virtually every business, big or small, can use Tap to Pay on iPhone at checkout,” said Apple.

“Privacy is fundamental in the design and development across all of Apple’s payment features. With Tap to Pay on iPhone, customers’ payment data is protected by the same technology that makes Apple Pay private and secure. All transactions made using Tap to Pay on iPhone are encrypted and processed using the Secure Element, and as with Apple Pay, Apple doesn’t know what is being purchased or who is buying it.”

Tap to pay on iPhone (Image: Shopify)

In a statement, Stefan Jensen, Sephora’s vice president treasurer, said a focus on innovation and the customer journey is central to Sephora’s business, and delivering Tap to Pay on iPhone is another example of how Sephora is continuing to offer an elevated experience to consumers.

“We’re thrilled to soon expand Tap to Pay on iPhone to our Canadian market after introducing it to our stores in the U.S. last year and seeing how the beauty community has embraced this new way to pay. Today, our Beauty Advisors use their iPhone to provide shoppers with curated beauty recommendations, and thanks to this new flexible payment acceptance solution, they will soon be able to seamlessly complete contactless transactions on that same iPhone — wherever they are in the store,” he said.

Here’s a short video demo for the service: https://developer.apple.com/tap-to-pay/

In February 2022, Apple announced plans to introduce Tap to Pay on iPhone in the U.S. 

“As more and more consumers are tapping to pay with digital wallets and credit cards, Tap to Pay on iPhone will provide businesses with a secure, private, and easy way to accept contactless payments and unlock new checkout experiences using the power, security, and convenience of iPhone,” said Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s vice president of Apple Pay and Apple Wallet, at the time.

 “In collaboration with payment platforms, app developers, and payment networks, we’re making it easier than ever for businesses of all sizes — from solopreneurs to large retailers — to seamlessly accept contactless payments and continue to grow their business.”

“Whether you’re a salesperson at an internet-first retailer or an individual entrepreneur, you can soon accept contactless payments on a device that’s already in your pocket: your iPhone,” added Billy Alvarado, Stripe’s chief business officer, at the time. “With Tap to Pay on iPhone, millions of businesses using Stripe can enhance their in-person commerce experience by offering their customers a fast and secure checkout.”