Retail

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Gaby lands in Calgary Co-op

Gabriella’s Kitchen brand extends its reach as demand for “better for you” frozen entrees heats up.

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What’s driving today’s shopper profiles?

WGSN says consumer impatience, decreasing human engagement and a new green ethos are shaping the retail landscape.

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Tokyo Smoke to open cannabis shop in Toronto

The retailer will sell its first recreational cannabis in Ontario after taking over HMV’s former flagship near Yonge-Dundas Square.

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Male grooming is booming

Brands, from global giants like L’Oreal to start-ups like Consonant, are marketing more to men. And it’s starting to pay off.

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Canadian Tire crowdsources content

The user-generated content play banks on the brand taking a back seat.

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View from the C-Suite: Herschel outgrows its ‘hipster’ roots

Braden Hoeppner explains how the Vancouver-based backpack and accessories brand is speaking to culturally savvy travellers.

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Fire & Flower launches cannabis ecomm platform

Recreational cannabis is available online in Saskatchewan, though the site offers some features for customers in other provinces.

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Putting a new lens on smart glasses

Why North believes sleek styles and boutiques can help drive interest in a moribund tech product.

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NKPR wins Urban Barn, Aveeno Hair Care

The PR firm will oversee media relations, partnerships and influencer programs for the home furnishings store and hair care brand.

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Tim Hortons moves closer to settling franchisee lawsuits

The proposed agreement includes having a franchisee advisory board review spending from its advertising fund.

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Automat combines chatbots with display ads

The company has partnered with a Google-backed startup to expand the reach of conversational platforms.

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Canadian retail has one of its weakest Q4s ever

Last year was bad for retail sales, and analyst Ed Strapagiel says more declines could be in store.

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LCBO picks Lg2 as new AOR

The crown corp consolidates two previously separate assignments with the agency’s Toronto office.

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Joe Fresh taps into the joy of the outdoors

The Loblaw retail banner is launching its spring collection with a campaign focused on its customers’ diverse talents.

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Couche-Tard enters cannabis retail with Canopy Growth

A deal with an Ontario retail lottery winner will bring the Tweed banner to the province.