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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.

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Cadillac Fairview to develop retail solutions with Scale AI

From the Tech newsletter: The Ravel by CF innovation division is pursuing ways to offer more personalization within physical retail.

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Retail sales slump (again) heading into the holidays

Analyst Ed Strapagiel predicts 2019 could be one of the worst years since the recession.

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Keurig pops up, touts K-Cup recycling

The coffee brewer is educating consumers about its recycling program during its holiday mall activation.

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View from the C-Suite: M&M Food Market eyes expansion, alt-proteins

From distribution deals with convenience and pharmacy to ventures outside of Canada, nothing is off the menu, says CEO Andy O’Brien.

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Do closures at Lowe’s spell the end of the DIY era?

From the C-Suite newsletter: Experts weigh in on the home improvement retailer’s decision to shutter 34 stores.