Simons could be the 'next great department store', Lululemon sees downbeat 1st quarter, Leon's Furniture brings new mattress brand to Canada, Paramount Fine Foods legal battles, new retail centre near Edmonton to open in Fort Saskatchewan, and other news.
In a special edition podcast, Craig interviews Rafael Lazer, CEO of Almadev. The discussion includes Almadev's transformation of the Galleria Mall in Toronto into a complete community with housing, as well as a general discussion of why mall owners are intensifying sites amid a housing crisis in Canada.
Dollarama sees another strong quarter amid consumer challenges, former police officer warns of gift card scams at retailers, consumers forgiving of small businesses charging cc fees but not the big players, and other news.
Loblaw claims to have saved Canadians half a billion in bogus price hikes, most Canadians would stop using credit cards at businesses adding surcharge, DoorDash Canada charging some restaurants almost 30%, and other news.
Food prices expected to rise 5-7% in 2023, grocery store execs push back on profiteering claims, Amazon ships fake product and refuses return, Vancouver Pen Shop relocates amid downtown squalor, London Drugs a point of confusion for some, and other news.
Bentley Leathers eyes post-pandemic comeback, Loblaw Giving Tuesday sees blowback, food delivery robots hit sidewalks but mass adoption tough, La Maison Simons ends controversial end-of-life ad campaign, and other news.
Canadians hold back on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Canada Post fuel surcharge hits businesses, empty shelves in Yellowknife from Loblaw dispute in Calgary, retailers closing in Toronto's Roncesvalles because of rent hikes, and other news.
Craig interviews two special guests: Neill Ashe, Senior Director, Payments & Commerce at RBC, who talks about PayPlan by RBC and how it functions. Craig then speaks with Troy Skinner, Parts Asset Manager at Martin Motor Sports, about how the retailer is seeing success with PayPlan.