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This year’s store closures get off to an early start

Bose joins the ranks of retailers like Pier 1, Links of London and IKEA that have begun 2020 by scaling back their store footprints.

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Circle K puts a positive spin on being naughty

The convenience store chain’s holiday giveaway was born out of increased customer segmentation work.

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Indigo gets Thoughtfull about new gifting brand

The retailer’s internally incubated ecommerce site uses its extended product selection to help answer demand for unique gifts.

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IKEA shows the possibilities of storage

The retailer takes a dream-like approach to address consumer pain points around staying organized.

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Matt & Nat goes beyond eco-friendly, vegan products

From the C-Suite newsletter: The fashion brand has grown its presence by offering more than a green promise.

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Ontario government scraps retail lottery system

New rules that are meant to “open” the market will include roughly 20 new licenses being awarded each month.

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Digital payments explode as cash volumes implode

A Payments Canada report also finds security concerns still hold back the uptake of payments with mobile devices.

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Bridgehead Coffee acquired by Second Cup’s new parent company

The acquisition is the first by Aegis Brands as part of a plan to expand its portfolio of brands.

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Sobeys rolls out sensory-friendly shopping nationally

The grocer expands a pilot project to make all of its stores more inclusive of people with autism or other health considerations.

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Home Hardware tries to out-do Santa

The retailer positions itself as a holiday shopping destination for things other than tools.

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View from the C-Suite: Leon’s aims to be trendier

The retailer continues to roll out smaller stores, in-store tech and a more fashionable image in an attempt to attract new customers.

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Hudson’s Bay launches first private label beauty products

The retailer extends its coloured stripes into a line emphasizing natural ingredients and beauty essentials.

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Canadians among the most active loyalty program users

Consumers view rewards as more important to loyalty than other factors, but are less likely to give their points to charity.

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IGA shares another food-centric holiday story

The Quebec grocery chain once again puts the focus on emotional connections and standing out during a hectic season.

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Tech in Action: JC Penney creates a virtual try-on ad for engagement rings

The U.S. retailer launched the AR ad ahead of the busiest time of the year for proposals.