The second installment of Retail Insider the magazine is deep in development and jam-packed with content that will engage and inspire its legion of readers. Building on the incredibly positive reception that the inaugural issue received, the issue is set to be published in September and will continue tackling the retail industry’s most pressing challenges and topics.
The publication will once again welcome contributions in the way of quarterly columns from some of the industry’s most influential figures. David Nagy, Canadian ecommerce pioneer and Founder of eCommerce Canada, provides his insights concerning the current state of ecommerce in Canada in ‘The Digital Curve’. And, Dan Kelly, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the board of governors of the Canadian Federation for Independent Business, shares his views regarding the greatest challenges and opportunities faced by small businesses operating throughout the country in ‘Main Street Matters’.
Getting closer to the consumer
Liza Amlani, direct-to-consumer guru and Principal and Founder at Retail Strategy Group, joins the growing ranks of expert contributors on the magazine’s masthead. Leveraging her unique insights and expertise, Amlani will provide her keen analysis and assessment of retail operations, challenging traditional and outdated buying, sourcing and product assortment practices while highlighting the tremendous benefits that retailers can reap by getting closer to the consumers that they serve.
The retail experience
Retail Insider the magazine’s editorial team also sits down with industry legend Jean-Pierre Lacroix, President and Founder of leading retail design consultancy SLD, to get his take on the ever-evolving consumer shopping experience. With the impacts of the pandemic in mind, combined with shifting consumer behaviour and preferences, we’ll explore the digitization of the industry and aspects of the retail environment that merchants need to tweak or enhance in order to continue meeting consistently elevating consumer expectations.
Future of the shopping centre
Not only is the retail store environment changing and shifting, so too is the function and utility of Canada’s shopping centres. In an in-depth interview with Andy Clydesdale, Executive Vice President, Retail, at QuadReal Property Group, we’ll explore the current progress concerning the transmogrification of some of Quadreal’s biggest, most successful properties while looking ahead to the future of the shopping centre as hubs of community, culture and commerce.
Speaking with Dr. Sylvain Charlebois, Senior Director, Agri-Food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University, we’ll also attempt to take a bite out of the latest in grocery innovation. From automation to cutting-edge temperature modulation technology, the ‘Food Doctor’ will weigh in on the latest innovations helping to improve and enhance the way grocers operate and the resulting benefit to the Canadian food consumer.
In addition, self-service grocery pioneer, Aisle 24, will be featured in this issue’s brand profile, diving deep into the extraordinary concept that has the entire industry talking. Speaking with Co-Founder John Douang, we’ll discuss the evolution of the grocery experience, the technological innovation required to support a completely cashierless store and the elements required to provide an incredible shopping experience for the customer.
The lap of luxury
And, to round out the issue, Craig Patterson, Founder of Retail Insider Media Ltd., shares his analysis of the current state of the luxury sector in Canada. From brand expansion to new players entering the Canadian market, Patterson injects his expertise concerning luxury retail to highlight trends within the space, challenges that are impeding progress and opportunities for further growth and success.
Don’t miss it
Boasting a stellar lineup of contributors and content, readers won’t want to miss this engaging and insightful read. Look for the launch of the second issue of Retail Insider the magazine in September and continue to support Canada’s only national publication dedicated to covering all of the news, trends, research and analysis related to Canada’s dynamic retail industry.
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