Mario Toneguzzi

Mario Toneguzzi, based in Calgary, has more than 40 years experience as a daily newspaper writer, columnist, and editor. He worked for 35 years at the Calgary Herald covering sports, crime, politics, health, faith, city and breaking news, and business. He is the Senior News Editor with Retail Insider in addition to working as a freelance writer and consultant in communications and media relations/training.

Consumers in Canada Shifting Spending Patterns to Lower-Cost Brands Amid Inflation [Study/Interviews]

Stretched consumers are trying to make ends meet while also grappling with how choices impact the environment.

Yolé Zero Sugar Ice Cream/Yogurt Concept Entering Canadian Market with Store Expansion [Interview]

The unique concept is expected to gain rapid market share with a plant-based no-sugar-added ice cream and other products.

Walmart Canada Pilots Reusable Bag Program with Potential National Rollout: Interview

Customers check-out clean reusable bags for a fee and return them by the end of the month as part of an elimination of plastic bags.

Video Interview: Retail Insider Evolving To Meet The Growing Demand For News

Founder Craig Patterson talks about some key management role changes, why they were made, the content the publication is looking for, trends in the industry, the publication's reach and his vision for the future.

Grocery Retailer Longo’s Partners with ‘Too Good To Go’ to Reduce Food Waste [Interview]

The Ontario-based grocery retailer is looking to the future recognizing incredible waste for many grocery retailers.

Mezza Lebanese Kitchen Partners with Crombie REIT on Expansion in Atlantic Canada [Interviews]

The foodservice concept is growing its presence with nearly two dozen locations in the next 12 months.

Aritzia to Double Size of Yorkdale Store in Toronto Amid Retail Expansion [Interview]

The Canadian retailer's first location in Ontario is expanding to become one of its largest as part of a growth strategy.

Levi’s Opens First-of-its-Kind 6,600 Sq Ft Concept Store at Hudson’s Bay Flagship in Downtown Vancouver [Interview/Photos]

Digital technology, product tailoring and customization are among the features in the beautiful new space with a Toronto location set to open soon as well.

Video Interview: What Are The Current Challenges Facing The Retail Industry in Canada?

An expert talks about the retail landscape today, issues such as labour, supply chain and inflation, what are consumers looking for, and the future of retail.

Mejuri Opens 1st Mall Location at Toronto’s Yorkdale, with Plans to Triple Store Count by the End of the Year [Interview]

The category-defining fine-jewelry brand is launching a rapid expansion globally including a newly opened storefront in an iconic mall.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore Looks to Expansion Amid Growth in Second-Hand Market [Interview]

The charitable stores feature construction materials, furniture, appliances and sometimes even books, and are seeing growth as consumers embrace sustainability.

Video Interview: How Are Consumers Dealing With The High Cost of Living Today?

An expert talks about inflation and rising costs, the impact that is having on spending, the impact for retailers, how discount stores are doing in this environment and advice for consumers in these times.

The Body Shop Expands Updated ‘Workshop’ Store Concept in Canada Following Pre-Pandemic Launch [Interview]

The experiential retail concept is being rolled out in Canadian stores with renovations, targeting consumers seeking sustainability options.

Sherwood Park Mall Near Edmonton Adding New Retailers Amid Leasing Activity [Interview]

Several popular global brands including Specsavers are coming into the mall as well as a renovation to its Cineplex theatre, serving an affluent population.

Walmart Recruits Canada-Based Sellers for Flagship US Online Marketplace [Interview]

Walmart says that it provides Canadian businesses the opportunity to get in front of more than 120 million US customers each month, providing opportunity for expansion.

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