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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.
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.
Craig and Lee discuss the new flagship Apple Store that opened last week at CF Pacific Centre in Vancouver, marking the first of its kind for Canada. Lee also discusses the media event prior and his opinion on what went on.
Craig and Lee discuss the new renovations to the Saks Fifth Avenue store in downtown Toronto, which looks different after several concessions closed earlier this year. Women's shoes relocated to the main floor and something could be in the works as store hours have been reduced for the three Canadian Saks locations.
Craig and James Yurichuk, Founder and CEO of Wuxly, talk about the brand and where it's going in terms of new retail stores, wholesale, and collaborations including a recent one with iconic Canadian musician Bryan Adams.
This week Craig and Lee discuss the Vancouver luxury retail market including upcoming changes. While downtown Vancouver has dominated in terms of luxury retail offerings, two landlords are building malls that will also target luxury brands and may split the market into three separate luxury retail nodes that could have an impact on the region for years to come.
Craig interviews Éric Blais, President of Headspace Marketing, about how Bill 96 will impact retailers with rules around signage on stores and other businesses. They also discuss language laws generally and how consumers are greeted in stores — and what the penalties might be for businesses in Quebec not complying.
This week Craig and Lee discuss challenges for retail in downtown Edmonton and its retreat over the past couple of decades, as well as the situation and projections for downtowns in cities across Canada. Craig is also an advisor at the University of Alberta Centre for Cities and Communities.
This week Craig and Lee talk about how luxury retail nodes in Canada are shifting with the construction of Oakridge Centre in Vancouver and Royalmount in Montreal. The discussion topics includes past luxury retail nodes in Canada and why things are shifting to suburban malls from traditional downtowns.
This week Craig and Lee discuss Pret a Manger's entry into Canada via A&W. Lee, who lives in Vancouver, discusses what he experienced at the Vancouver combined A&W/Pret location and the discussion turns to whether or not a full standalone Pret a Manger would have made more sense for the first Canadian pilot.
Craig sits down with The Behar Group's CEO Avi Behar and President/Broker of Record Greg Evans to discuss The Behar Group's history, some notable deals, and where the Toronto-based brokerage sees food halls and retail going over the next several years.
Craig sits down with the staffing expert to discuss the most recent jobs report showing record-low unemployment. Retailers continue to struggle to find employees and an emergency situation could take place and stores may not be able to remain open if things don't improve.
Craig sits down with Justin Cohen, Chief Commercial Officer of edgy menswear brand Psycho Bunny. They discuss the plans to open more Psycho Bunny stores in Canada as well as the fact that the brand could even be considered Canadian with its operations in Montreal.
This episode of The Business of Retail by Retail Insider talks about the latest retailer earnings in Canada and beyond, indicating (I didn't have time to watch the clip, will do so on Tuesday)
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"The Business of Retail by Retail Insider" Episode Panelists
Host Craig Patterson, Founder of Retail Insider
Former lawyer turned Editor-in-Chief, Craig is the founder of online Canadian retail industry publication Retail Insider. He's based in Toronto LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/CraigPattersonTorontoInstagram: @craig_patterson_torontoTwitter: @RI_EIC
George Minakakis, Inception Retail Group
George is an experienced CEO, founder of Inception Retail Group and author of multiple...
Binetti, who hosts Jane's Walks, begins by discussing the first store in Toronto, followed by how a department store row developed on King Street East that gave way to Simpsons and Eaton's opening further up on Queen.
Craig and Sarah discuss growth at Mastermind Toys over the course of the pandemic, much of which was through online channels that saw significant improvements with technology as well as easy payments made possible through PayPal.
Craig interviews Nathanael Hausmann, North American president of Swiss chocolate brand Läderach, which expanded into Canada shortly before the pandemic. The chocolate retailer is now expanding aggressively in North America and will be opening more locations in Canada.
This week Craig and Lee talk about Retail Insider marking 10 years of operations, including how the news platform got started and some memorable happenings in the Canadian retail industry during that time.
Craig has a discussion with Robert K. Brown, Solutions Engineer at Axis Communications, about topics including intelligent analytics and artificial intelligence, machine learning, and how cameras are being used as a tool to coordinate the enhancement of the overall retail experience in stores.
This week Craig and Lee talk about the Hudson's Bay store which will be departing Bloor Street in downtown Toronto this year after nearly 50 years of operations. The shocking news will lead to big changes for Toronto's downtown core.