Canada Retail

6 Tips For Saving Big During Black Friday

David Lester | Posted 11.20.2015 | 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 10.28.2015 | 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 10.26.2015 | 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.

How Millennials Are Shaping the Retail Market

Nick Cowling | Posted 10.06.2015 | Canada Business
Nick Cowling

When you think of millennials and fashion, the first thing that may come to mind is big brand names. After all, millennials are hard-working, successful individuals who go after what they want and indulging in that high-end designer item may be their way of treating themselves. However, recent findings are proving otherwise.

5 Fashion Hacks to Help You Transition From Summer to Fall

Sari Friedman | Posted 09.23.2015 | Canada Style
Sari Friedman

Fall is the time of year when we are due for a wardrobe update. You may want to spend a little more on a couple of classic pieces but stretch your dollar when it comes to trendy items. How to dress for the in-between-season can leave us stumped.

Canadian Retail Sales Rose In July: Statistics Canada

CP Business | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.23.2015 | Canada Business

Higher sales were reported at motor vehicle and parts dealers and clothing and clothing accessories stores.

Shopping for Back to School Doesn't Have to Be a Nightmare

Adrienne Down Coulson | Posted 09.03.2015 | Canada Parents
Adrienne Down Coulson

While going back to school can be overwhelming for both parents and kids, it doesn't have to be that way. Following these simple tips will take the stress out of back to school shopping -- even if you are down to the final days.

Retail Dietitians Help You Make Healthy Food Choices

Nicole Fetterly, RD | Posted 07.18.2015 | Canada Living
Nicole Fetterly, RD

As a retail dietitian for the last five years, I am so disappointed that our services could be so misconstrued and mistakenly represented in a recent Globe and Mail article. Our message is one of moderation and acceptance -- not preaching, but counseling when and if you need us. I'm proud of our ability to improve the health of Canadians. The number one goal of our Nutrition Department is to improve the health of our customers, employees and community through pragmatic, evidence-based, holistic food and nutrition recommendations.

Why Canadians Are Loyal to Homegrown Products

Adrienne Down Coulson | Posted 07.01.2015 | Canada Business
Adrienne Down Coulson

It comes as no surprise that Canadians like their local breweries and prefer Canadian beer -- plenty of which will be enjoyed this coming Canada Day. Beer, second to local food, tops the list as the product most Canadians prefer to buy Canadian, according to a new study by The decision to purchase Canadian products extends beyond economic benefits. Successful businesses can also give back to the community through sponsorship, charity and contributions to the arts, culture and sports, and locally sourced products means a reduced carbon footprint.

Is Online Shopping the Future of Retail?

Andrew Tai | Posted 03.23.2015 | Canada Business
Andrew Tai

Like it or not, online shopping is a big deal, and to dismiss it as something trivial is short-sighted at best. The question is, will there be a point in time when shopping will become a completely digital experience? Maybe not too soon, but the possibility is definitely there. Here's why:

What You Can Do to Help Former Target Employees

Sulemaan Ahmed | Posted 03.23.2015 | Canada Business
Sulemaan Ahmed

What if everyone reading this post helped just one person impacted by Target layoffs find a job? What if each of us reached out to one Target Canada employee that we knew and successfully completed a five minute favour?

The Myth About Online Shopping in Canada

Nick Cowling | Posted 11.29.2014 | Canada Business
Nick Cowling

On September 19, tens of thousands of Canadians lined up outside Apple stores as the much-desired iPhone 6 was released to the public. Despite pre-orders being available, many Canadians would rather pick up their new device in-store, rather than buying online.

When Back-to-School Shopping for Your Kids, Consider the Kids Who Made Those Supplies

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 10.27.2014 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Every August, I write a blog directed at readers doing back-to-school shopping for their kids. I remind them that while the sales are great at this time of year, there's a story behind every price tag. I urge moms and dads to consider the global economy that keeps Western prices low by paying child garment workers in poor countries next to nothing.

Free Shipping May Soon Be The Norm

CP | Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.04.2014 | Canada Business

TORONTO - When Walmart Canada introduced free shipping on all online purchases last year, it was a clear message to its rivals that it was gearing up ...

These Laos-Based Designs Are the Opposite of Fast Fashion

Kristen Marano | Posted 09.14.2014 | Canada Style
Kristen Marano

When I shop, I want to know how the pieces I like are made. I look at the tag. I ask where the fabrics are from. I read about the designer. These details reveal the process of a piece that earns a hanger in my closet. This is what separates Heather Smith's designs of Laos-based shop Passa Paa from fast fashion retailers and puts a value on owning her pieces.

Even With Dov Charney Gone, I Won't Buy American Apparel

Toula Drimonis | Posted 08.19.2014 | Canada Business
Toula Drimonis

American Apparel founder and CEO Dov Charney, was ousted from his very own company spread like wildfire this morning. And it was predictably greeted with major glee among most of my feminist friends, who've had enough with this guy's gag-inducing sexist marketing campaigns, as well as his own personal conduct with employees. I still have no intention of ever purchasing anything from them in the future. Ousting Dov Charney may have been the right decision to make, American Apparel executive board members, but that's not why you finally got rid of him.

What I Learned This Week: It's What You Are, Not Where You Are

Andy Nulman | Posted 07.05.2014 | Canada Business
Andy Nulman

Build it and if it's WORTH IT, they will come. In fact, more than that, if it's REALLY worth it, they will seek you out and hunt you down. WHERE you are isn't as important as WHAT you are.

Canadian Retail Sales Up: StatsCan

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.23.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Statistics Canada says retail sales rose 0.5 per cent to $41.0 billion in February.The agency says gains were reported in seven of 11 subsect...

The Dangerous Mistake U.S. Retailers Make in Canada

Ben Hanuka | Posted 05.06.2014 | Canada Business
Ben Hanuka

More than a mere few US retailers assume that expanding into Canada, because of its relatively small population (the population of California alone, at about 38 million, is larger than Canada's roughly 35 million), is akin to expanding into just another state. Making this assumption -- blindsided by the admittedly vast similarities across all walks of life -- is downright dangerous.

Why Walmart Wants to Sell You Groceries

University of Toronto News | Posted 04.27.2014 | Canada Business
University of Toronto News

In early February, the CEO of Walmart Canada announced her chain was moving fully into the grocery business. The move means Canada will see hundreds of groceries stores added to what seems to be a full complement already, with Loblaws, Metro, Sobey's, Longo's, Costco and the discount stores related to some of these chains. Are we at the point of market saturation?

Lower Loonie Probably Won't Stop Snowbirds From Chasing Sun

CBC | Posted 04.26.2014 | Canada Business

​The decline of the Canadian dollar is going to convince a lot of would-be cross-border shoppers to stay home, but travellers who go south to chase ...

Would You Buy From a Kindle Vending Machine?

Mitch Joel | Posted 04.05.2014 | Canada Business
Mitch Joel

When last year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) rolled into Las Vegas, many were surprised and intrigued by Amazon's presence. They didn't have a typical booth on the trade show floor. Instead, they set up a Kindle vending machine inside the Las Vegas airport (near the ATM and soda pop).

Are Your Sustainable Practices Really Making a Difference?

Tyler Elm | Posted 03.25.2014 | Canada Business
Tyler Elm

The elephant in the room is that while sustainability will continue to be relevant to the business operations of retailers and product manufactures, management has utterly failed to make sustainability a material or even a well understood concept for front-line employees, customers and most product brands, except during times of crisis.

The High Street Needs a Technological Revolution

Jon Worley | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Business
Jon Worley

Ultimately, retailers need to make a decision on where they want to stand in relation to their consumers. Do they want to be perceived as a static entity in the changing landscape of modern retail, or instead lead the way towards a new high street experience?