Canada Retail

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

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 08.27.2014 | 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 08.08.2014 | 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?

Apple Dips into the Fashion World

Jon Packer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Jon Packer

Apple announced this week that they have hired Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts to lead all aspects of their retail business, including online. No surprise that designers from Karl Largerfeld to Kate Spade have created smartphone accessories to tap into the tech market, but Apple's high profile hires tell us something else.

Why Canada Needs Retail Jobs to be Better Jobs

Kendra Coulter | Posted 09.16.2013 | Canada Business
Kendra Coulter

Imagine that Canada is a retail store in which 100 people work. 10 managers make $80,000 per year. One manager of the 10 trumps them all: he gets over $190.000. The other 90 people -- a majority of whom are women -- work as salespeople and cashiers, or in the stock room. 45 of them make less than $30,000 per year. Many make less than $20,000 per year. This is the retail landscape in Canada.

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...

Social Media for Retailers: Instagram

Drew Green | Posted 10.23.2013 | Canada Business
Drew Green

If you follow me on Twitter, you're well aware that I am passionate about social media; it's part of what I do and an integral part of SHOP.ca's success. One platform I highly recommend and believe holds a lot of potential for e-commerce is Instagram. Here are my top reasons to get in Instagram.

Size Of Canada's Retail Drop Surprises Experts

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.22.2013 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Canadian retail sales fell a surprisingly large 0.6 per cent in June to $40.1 billion, partially offsetting a large gain in May, as consumers...

How We Designed and 3D Printed Our Product in Under 4 Weeks

Nikolas Badminton | Posted 10.15.2013 | Canada Business
Nikolas Badminton

I work for an ad agency, and focus on digital engagement. I want to share the story of how we made a practical 3D printing application happen. We were in the product design business. Back in the day it would've taken months, if not years, to build a practice to do this work. We had achieved it in less than four weeks.

Retail Workers Deserve Our Respect

Kendra Coulter | Posted 10.14.2013 | Canada Business
Kendra Coulter

Undoubtedly, the retail terrain will change, but retail jobs are here to stay. It is high time to look beyond the brands and the boardrooms, to how retailers of all kinds treat us. We are not numbers, nor are we disposable. We are workers, citizens, and people who matter.

What You Can Learn at the University of Social Media

Drew Green | Posted 09.19.2013 | Canada Business
Drew Green

"What do you want to do with your life?" It's a question that almost every young adult is faced with after graduating college or university. For some, the answer is simple: grad school, medical school, travel or volunteer. For many, the answer is unclear. With this in mind, young adults are asking: Do I need higher education?

Five Tips to Succeed as a Business Leader

Drew Green | Posted 08.10.2013 | Canada Business
Drew Green

My journey has taken me everywhere, but one thing is for certain -- I always found myself doing what I wanted to do and more importantly, what I needed to do to get where I am. So, for those of you who are inspired to be a business leader or an entrepreneur, I leave you with some food for thought.

Social Media for Retailers: Pinterest-ing Retail Revolution

Drew Green | Posted 07.21.2013 | Canada Business
Drew Green

Pinterest may not claim Facebook-levels of users, but a few visionary retailers are using the hot social networking site to connect with their customers in a way that Facebook could only dream of. From Aritzia to eBay, Pinterest is offering the digital equivalent of window shopping for people around the world.

Your Ten Dollar T-Shirt Is Not The Problem

Anne Theriault | Posted 07.07.2013 | Canada
Anne Theriault

The price of a piece of clothing is not at all indicative of the working conditions of its manufacturer. On top of that, implying (or outright saying) that there is something morally wrong with paying ten dollars for a t-shirt is incredibly classist. The truth is that when brand names charge higher prices for their items, that extra cash usually goes to two places: into the pockets of CEOs and other higher-ups, and into the company's advertising budget.

Social Media for Retailers: Thumbs Up for Facebook

Drew Green | Posted 07.03.2013 | Canada Business
Drew Green

Interact, engage, and network. If you can't meet your customers face-to-face, meet them Facebook-to-Facebook. Start conversations, reply to comments, and keep your users engaged with organic content that best represents your brand.

Social Media for Retailers: Tweet to Success

Drew Green | Posted 06.22.2013 | Canada Business
Drew Green

A recent study discovered that Twitter users who see a retailer's tweet are more likely to visit their retail websites and make online purchases. This article made me consider the impact of a tweet on online retailers.