Canada Retail

Can Walmart Keep Up Its Game Of Chicken With Visa?

David Leonhardt | Posted 11.29.2016 | Canada Business
David Leonhardt

Two of the biggest companies doing retail business in Canada are at war with each other: Visa and Walmart. Most Canadians have not noticed, though, because the war is taking place only in select markets. However, if the current trend continues, it could be -- as the slogan goes -- coming soon to a store near you.

5 Lessons From Successful Millennial Entrepreneurs

Andrea Stairs | Posted 11.25.2016 | Canada Business
Andrea Stairs

A BNP Paribas global study finds that Millennials are starting more businesses, with higher headcount and targeting higher profits than Baby Boomers . In Canada, the allure of being your own boss is also strong with young adults: A study by Intuit shows that one quarter of Millennial-age entrepreneurs have never held a full-time job prior to starting out on their own -- nearly three times more than entrepreneurs ages 35-54.

Try These Shopping Hacks For Black Friday And Cyber Monday

Sari Friedman | Posted 11.24.2016 | Canada Living
Sari Friedman

Get the coffee brewing and put your game face on! Thanks to our American neighbours, Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales are about to kick off the busiest shopping season of the year, with deep discounts and exclusive online offers.

Three Things Retail Stores Need To Do To Stay Relevant

Posted 11.21.2016 | Canada Business

Three things retail stores need to do to remain relevant in a world of online shopping. From the AOL Partner Studio

For Savvy Small Businesses, Going Digital Is No Longer Optional

MasterCard Canada | Posted 11.08.2016 | Canada Business
MasterCard Canada

With everything you're juggling as a small business owner, keeping up with an increasingly digital world can feel overwhelming -- and making changes to embrace new technology can sometimes be last on your list. If you're in retail, however, this shift is simply no longer optional.

Digital Transformation Of Business And Communications - Part 3

Doug Bannister | Posted 11.01.2016 | Canada
Doug Bannister

As a business owner and communications industry veteran, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, President of Shikatani Lacroix, a Toronto-based branding and design agen...

Canadian Malls Need More Than Clothing Stores To Survive: Experts

CP | Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada Business

They say malls need to offer other services including entertainment and sporting venues.

We Are Entering A Renaissance Period For Brands

Ben Zifkin | Posted 10.06.2016 | Canada Business
Ben Zifkin

We are in a period that is bridging the old world with the new world. Just as John Fowles wrote that the Renaissance was "the green at the end of civilization's harshest winters", brands too are now poised to flourish after decades of being locked in a construct that made it difficult to blossom.

Small Online Businesses Can Capitalize On The 2nd Wave Of Back-To-School Shopping

Andrea Stairs | Posted 09.07.2016 | Canada
Andrea Stairs

It's no secret that back-to-school (BTS) is one of the biggest seasons of the year for retail. Last year, for example, 239 backpacks and 125 laptops w...

5 Traits Of Successful Online Entrepreneurs

Andrea Stairs | Posted 08.22.2016 | Canada Business
Andrea Stairs

According to Alberta's Centre for Innovation Studies, Canada has the second-highest level of entrepreneurial activity in the world. Having been with eBay Canada for more than a decade, and having spoken to eBay sellers across the country, I have firsthand proof that the entrepreneurial spirit is incredibly strong in Canada.

Canada Should Not Follow Europe's Example In Taxing Online Purchases

Mathieu Bédard | Posted 08.16.2016 | Canada Business
Mathieu Bédard

There has been some debate in Canada recently over the issue of sales taxes when making purchases on the Internet from abroad. Right now, when Canadians buy products and services, such as clothes or movie streaming subscriptions, from online vendors located abroad, it is the consumers who are responsible for declaring sales taxes.

Why Great Communications Needs More Than Great Technology

Doug Bannister | Posted 07.21.2016 | Canada Business
Doug Bannister

The desire to have better, stronger communications with one another at all times often fuels progress, but are we taking full advantage of the technology at our fingertips? As our capabilities evolve, we also create opportunities for improvement.

V-Commerce: Virtual Reality Shopping Is Closer Than We Think

Awane Jones | Posted 07.14.2016 | Canada Business
Awane Jones

As people continue to adopt VR in the mainstream, many of our daily activities will be done in VR, as well. One of those activities, retail shopping, could easily make the transition. Brick and mortar retailers have already embraced online and mobile outlets. It won't be long before we hit the next logical step: the VR outlet.

Summer Is Heating Up With Deal Frenzy Retail Moments

Andrea Stairs | Posted 07.12.2016 | Canada Business
Andrea Stairs

Summer -- generally a slow season for retail -- is becoming a popular time of year for deal events to catch consumers' attention and create urgency for purchases with seasonally-relevant, limited-time offers. A consumer may not have planned on opening their wallet, but if the deal is truly too good to pass up, then...

A Retail Marketer's Guide To Getting On The Emoji Train

Alyssa Altman | Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada Business
Alyssa Altman

The explosion of emojis has changed texting and digital communications, but how useful are they in business? While some industries are waiting to see if this animated and emotional trend will blow over, retail marketers are embracing emojis as a new way to engage potential and repeat customers and increase sales.

This is Why Retailers Must Invest In NFC Technology

Vahagn Aydinyan | Posted 05.05.2016 | Canada Business
Vahagn Aydinyan

For chain retailers, NFC can also be used to download information about product availability. If one store is out of stock, then it can provide a list of other stores within the vicinity that has the item in inventory. This increases the likelihood of customers immediately going to the same retailer in another location rather than potentially shopping at a competing store for the same product.

Biometric Payments Are Coming To Canada (And That's Great)

MasterCard Canada | Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada Business
MasterCard Canada

Studies have shown that on average, we have to enter passwords eight times per day for the 10 different online accounts or applications we regularly use every week. You could use the same password for each, putting you at increased risk for fraud, or you have to rely on your memory for longer or more complex passwords. That's where biometrics come in.

Why You Should Buy A Home Near These Canadian Shopping Malls

YPNextHome | Posted 04.01.2016 | Canada Living
YPNextHome

Not to oversimplify Economics 101, but solid population and wage growth are among the key contributors to both healthy retail and real estate sectors. And with BC and Ontario economies and housing markets leading in this regard, it's no surprise that residents in these areas are brimming in the consumer confidence department.

Canada Is Poised To Join The Mobile Payment Revolution

MasterCard Canada | Posted 03.15.2016 | Canada Business
MasterCard Canada

Canada sits high on a global list of countries ready to make the shift because this country has quickly advanced all those requirements. Ensuring the payment made on your phone is as safe as the card you use today is absolutely key. New security measures developed just for mobile payments keep your payment information secure.

Ikea Announces New Store In Halifax

CP | Aly Thomson, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.22.2016 | Canada Business

It's the first of 12 new stores Ikea will roll out across Canada over the next decade.

Canada's Youth Need More And Better Opportunities

Rossann Williams | Posted 11.25.2016 | Canada Business
Rossann Williams

Young people represent a vital and untapped resource for Canadian business, but many employers don't have clear strategies to recruit, train and retain them.

6 Tips For Saving Big During Black Friday

David Lester | Posted 11.19.2016 | Canada Business
David Lester

Black Friday is on November 27 and Cyber Monday is on November 30 this year, and I'm pumping up to win on savings! As you already know, I love me a deal, and I wanted to share with you all of my tips and tricks on getting the best item for the best price. It's a retail battle weekend and you need to be suited up.

Planning For A Profitable Christmas

Melanie Nathan | Posted 10.28.2016 | Canada Business
Melanie Nathan

With the Christmas 2015 season just weeks away, retailers are kicking their holiday preparations into high gear. For many big box stores, this means setting up Christmas displays, stocking shelves with holiday wares and running early seasonal sales.

Roots Founders Sell Majority Stake Amid Heavy Retail Competition

CP | David Friend, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.26.2015 | Canada Business

Roots also has to contend with the soaring popularity of fast fashion retailers like H&M, Zara and trendy, lower-priced brands like Topshop.

Why Millennials Love To Splurge On Halloween

Nick Cowling | Posted 10.26.2016 | Canada Business
Nick Cowling

Take a look on social media on Oct.31st and you will see posts on house parties to events happening across various venues, and from the most mundane to the most creative of costumes. Taking part of this craze feels almost like a must to many millennials.