Consumers

Stop the Struggle: It's Time for Frustration-Free Packinging

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 12.03.2014 | Canada Business
Ian Lifshitz

With the holidays just around the corner, this got me thinking about the issue of "frustration-free" packaging. Not only is complex wrapping simply no fun for the kids receiving gifts packaged in such a manner, the fact is it's a much larger issue for the most rapidly growing segment of our population -- older adults.

WATCH: The Challenge Of The Expression Economy

Posted 09.22.2014 | Canada Business

Ron Tite, CEO of The Tite Group has a unique perspective on how technology is changing the marketplace. "One thing that is absolutely critical for ...

Don't Believe the Magical Claims of That New Weight Loss Program

Bill Bogart | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada Living
Bill Bogart

New weight loss programs are making some attempts to shift the emphasis away from a preoccupation with calories toward more nutritiously sound eating generally. But the fact remains that their success is in large part predicated on their customers' failure.

Goodbye Spam, Hello Consumer Power

Jeff Quipp | Posted 07.29.2014 | Canada Business
Jeff Quipp

Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation is set to come into effect on July 1, 2014. Among the strictest of its type in the world, it was created to combat harmful electronic messages like spam, malware, false representation, spyware and more. But how will the legislation affect consumers?

Are Prices About to Go Up?

Peter Hall | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

Clearly it is a worry that five years beyond the crisis, price growth is as tame as it is. Worse yet, in many cases, recent monthly inflation is getting thinner.

Innovation and the Future of Retail

Billie Kell | Posted 11.08.2013 | Canada
Billie Kell

The Company of Young Professionals (CYP) is a leadership development program of The Vancouver Board of Trade, which connects emerging young profession...

The Secret the Banks Don't Want You to Know

Joaquin Benitez | Posted 09.08.2013 | Canada Business
Joaquin Benitez

As the old saying goes, "the best way to make money is to stop losing money." Having the knowledge of how lending institutions operate is empowering. What is the secret that the bank does not want you to know? The bank does not want to take away your home!

The $3.6 Billion Extra Canadians Are Paying for Goods

Mark Milke | Posted 04.21.2013 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

Whenever Canadians cross the border, it is inevitable they will find cheaper goods in the United States. There is a reason that helps explain part of the price differences: $3.6 billion in customs tariffs. All consumers would benefit from more competition and an end to anti-consumer tariffs. But more importantly, low-income Canadians would benefit the most.

Beautiful Packaging Shouldn't Be Ugly for the Planet

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 02.18.2013 | Canada Business
Ian Lifshitz

Since going green no longer means having to forfeit beautiful packaging to sell a product in a way that is consistent with any brand's image, there is simply no longer any excuse for offering products in unsustainable packaging. In the new age of green packaging, sustainability and brand promise can now go hand in hand and beautiful packaging doesn't have to be ugly for the environment.

Banks Need to Win Back Customers' Trust

Deborah Nixon | Posted 11.24.2012 | Canada Business
Deborah Nixon

It has all come to where we are today: Loss of confidence, loss of trust, and staggering market losses. This is the time for transparency, authentic conversation, honesty and humility. Those who display this behaviour have a chance to slowly regain the shattered trust of their customers. Straight talk. Honest talk. Committed talk. No spin. No rationalization. The industry messed up, and the public wants to hear the truth.

In Great Union Debate, Who Speaks For Consumers?

Mark Milke | Posted 11.07.2012 | Canada Business
Mark Milke

Around Labour Day, a plethora of news stories focus on the state of unions, and often, their interaction with business. Given the name of the holiday, the attention is understandable. However, the focus on unions and corporations, especially where governments are involved to set policy and create legislation, often misses two other critical groups: consumers and taxpayers.

Canadian Consumers Hold Back As Food, Energy Prices Spike

The Canadian Press | Posted 09.19.2011 | Canada Business

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- TORONTO - Canadians are taking several steps to make their dollars stretch further, according to the latest RBC consumer outlook...