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The New Kid in Town: An Analysis of the Emerging Canadian Cannabis Market, Part 2

The second in a three-part analytical series of the Canadian cannabis market by retail expert, Bruce Winder. In this section, Winder continues his discussion of the challenges facing the cannabis market.

The New Kid in Town: An Analysis of the Emerging Canadian Cannabis Market, Part 1

Retail expert, Bruce Winder, discusses the cannabis scene in his native Toronto, ON, and dives in to some of the challenges facing the cannabis market in Canada in the first of a three-part analysis.

Holt Renfrew Reveals New Facade Renderings and Updates on Bloor Street Flagship Overhaul [Feature]

A new facade will transform the north side of Toronto’s Mink Mile between Yonge and Bay Streets, with new luxury boutiques and an impressive restaurant space contained within.

BRIEF: Decathlon to Open Ottawa Location, J.Crew Closes Store, GRAIL Shoe Concept Shuttered

Other News: Richemont Opens Montblanc and Vacheron Constantin in Vancouver, Rudsak Opens Concept Store, Dior Opens 1st Canadian Fragrance Boutique, First Ballet School to Open in a Canadian Mall, Amazon Announces Significant Retail Successes in Canada.

Lightspeed to Host Free 1-Day Conference for Independent Retailers & Restaurants on June 11 in Montreal

Hosted at the stunning historic Gare Viger, the Lightspeed Connect event will offer interactive sessions with industry experts, new technology demos, networking opportunities, while highlighting the latest industry trends.

Overview: 2019 Retail Council of Canada Marketing Conference

Huzefa Katawala provides an overview of the informative event that was held in Toronto on April 18, 2019.

Canadian Retail Sales Growth Bottoms Out, Maybe

Ed Strapagiel analyses numbers for the start of 2019 with a forecast of what’s to come in the months ahead.

BRIEF: Ivanhoé Cambridge Innovates with ‘Traveling Experiences’, Uniqlo Opens 11th Canadian Storefront

Other News: New 80,000 sq ft home furnishings centre opens in Toronto, Square One’s ‘Market District’ embraces independent vendors, 12,000 sq ft Rogers experience centre opening at Canada’s busiest pedestrian intersection.

Leading Retail Construction Build Specialists Amachris Corporation Marks 15 Years Amid Great Success

The family-owned Caledon-based organization works with some of the world’s leading brands on their store rollouts in Canada, and are known for exceptional quality and service.

RCC Marketing Conference, April 18 in Toronto

The full-day event will feature speakers as well as networking opportunities.

Governments ‘Blowing Smoke’ About Cannabis Supplies to Retailers: Expert

While cannabis shortages do exist, federal officials disagree. Bill Blair, the minister leading Cannabis Act implementation, has repeatedly said supplies are “adequate” and even “exceed existing demand.”

Canadian Retail Sales Continued to Struggle in January: Ed Strapagiel

The notable industry analyst examined new retail sales data released by Statistics Canada for January 2019, which show no change from the downward momentum carried over from last year. The trend lines going into 2019 look particularly bad, he says.

Violent Robberies and Organized Crime Hit Vancouver Retailers

Luxury retailers and electronics retailers, especially, have been targets over the past few months as police resources are scaled back and thieves become more brazen.

‘Buy Good. Feel Good. Expo’ in Toronto Partners with Tomorrow’s Change-Makers

Eco footwear brand TOMS launches ‘Stand for Tomorrow’ campaign with partners at the Toronto conference in April.

BRIEF: Beauty Concept Opens 1st Location, Edo Japan Expands into Ontario

Other News: RUDSAK goes international, beauty concept goes brick-and-mortar, Walmart adds fitness centre amid real-estate strategy, Warby Parker expands westward, Fresh City Farms opening 1st downtown Toronto storefront.

Toronto-Based ‘StyleDemocracy’ Expands Warehouse Sale Events into the United States

The well-known company has partnered with Ted Baker to host its next warehouse event in Las Vegas, with plans to further penetrate the US market after seeing tremendous success in Canada.

List of International Retailers that Entered Canada in 2018 [Feature]

We compiled a list of more than 30 international brands that entered Canada by opening stores, and discuss how that compares to years prior.

Shoppers Drug Mart Announces Launch of Online Nutrition Service for Ontario

The massive Canadian retail chain continues to expand its offerings in unique ways in order to gain consumer loyalty and gain market share.

Calgary Streetfront Retailers Shuttering Amid Property Tax Increases

Increased taxes led to recent closings on 17th Avenue SW, and other businesses are threatened as further increases are expected.

Last Chance to Register for DX3 Conference in Toronto, March 6-7

There’s still time to register for the popular DX3 retail conference, taking place March 6-7 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and it is expected to be bigger and better than ever.

How Retailers Can Utilize FICO Predictive Analytics to Personalize Customer Experiences

The innovative global data analytics company has created a tool that retailers can use to predict what customers will want.

eTail Canada Conference 2019 Releases Full Agenda

This year's eTail Canada conference will be held May 7-9, 2018 in downtown Toronto, and it has just released its full agenda as well as a significant industry report.

Why More Canadian Mall Landlords Should Utilize Apple Maps for Customer Navigation

Customer experience expert Larry Leung explains the benefits of landlords including their properties in Apple Maps, as the world of tech and brick-and-mortar converge and consumers seek out information prior and during visits.

BRIEF: Jean Machine Closes All Stores, Virgil Abloh’s Louis Vuitton Men Lands in Canada

Other News: IQOS asks us to pick its new name, ethical Canadian outerwear brand goes after Canada Goose, mattress-in-a-box lands at Sleep Country, Holt Renfrew to open rooftop outdoor event space.

Canadian Retail Sales Growth Just Keeps Dwindling

Canadian Retail Sales Analysis by Ed Strapagiel

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