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 National Business Journalist with Retail Insider in addition to working on his own as a freelance writer and consultant in communications and media relations/training.

Retail Changed Substantially Over the Course of the Pandemic and Future Predictions: Eric Morris of Google Canada

Morris says that ecommerce saw substantial growth and now consumers are looking to new retail channels including video.

Canadian Apparel Sales Forecasted to See Strong Growth Over Next Several Years: Trendex Report

A turnaround followed the opening of lockdowns and now consumers are expected to give apparel a boost at a range of levels ranging from value to luxury.

Canadian Tire Corp. Launches 1st-Ever Activewear Brand: Interview

The retailer has launched a range of products including athleisure and other categories to gain market share at Sport Chek and Sports Experts stores in Canada.

Video Interview: Bentley Coming Out Of The Pandemic And Looking To The Future

TheĀ discussion includes how travel restrictions impacted the business, key lessons learned in the past couple of years, how business has changed, the current store presence and plans for growth.

Edmonton Retail Outlook Improving, Including Growth in Leasing and Consumer Spending: Report

Alberta's capital city saw vacancies increase due the pandemic, and now things are changing as retailers and foodservice businesses negotiate deals for new locations.

Smaller Retailers Must Invest in Innovation Now Before Costs Rise Further: Report

Time is running out according to a major bank for businesses to secure innovation resources as interest rates rise further.

Video Interview: Best Buy Canada and How it is Adapting to The Changing Consumer Environment

Phil Thampy talks about the impact the pandemic has had on business, new ways of doing business, what today's consumers want, key challenges in the past two years, key lessons learned during this time, the company's store presence in Canada and plans for growth, and its head office move.

Montreal Retail Leasing Seeing Improved Activity as Pandemic Slowdowns Ease: Report/Interview

The city's businesses are increasingly confident as fundamentals return, including a downtown core that was almost decimated due to lack of foot traffic for months.

Vancouver Retail Leasing Picks Up Including Shift from Downtown to W. 4th: Study

International entrants are already leasing space in Vancouver again with a shift to new locations amid changing traffic patterns.

Calgary Retail Leasing Activity Heats Up as it Reaches Pre-Pandemic Numbers: Report

Some parts of the city have recovered quicker than others as retailers forecast multi-year growth in the southern Alberta market.

Video Interview: George Minakakis Discusses the Biggest Mistakes Retailers are Making Today

The experienced retail CEO talks about what retailers should be doing to survive and thrive, labour shortages in the industry, closures of businesses, whether consumers are back spending, and how retailers need to be street smart, tech driven, customer obsessed and bold innovators.

Celebrity Chef Vikram Vij Partnering to Launch Indian Street Food Restaurant Concept: Interview

More than 100 Canadian locations are planned for the Bombay Frankiesā€™ concept over the next decade.

Pharmacy Retailer FGC Health Launches Significant Store Expansion by Acquisition: Interview

The Winnipeg-based company is in rapid expansion mode with plans to have 50 more pharmacies by the end of the year.

UrbanToronto Launches Database of Developments in Greater Toronto Area Useful for Retailers: Interview

Rapidly growing Toronto is the subject of the database which has been tracking developments in the region.

Video Interview: David Druker of the Canadian Franchise Association Discusses the Growing Interest in Being a Franchise Owner in Canada

Druker talks about the spike in new franchises this year, the number of net new jobs, how the sector contributes to the Canadian economy and who is attracted to owning a franchise.

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