Retail

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Is retail growth as strong as it seems?

Taking gasoline sales out of the equation paints a far less optimistic picture.

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Metro digitizes rewards feature

The grocer addresses a customer pain point in Quebec with an addition to its loyalty app.

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Sport Chek opens women-focused concept store

The Calgary location is a first for the retailer as it looks to recognize its female shoppers.

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Marking territory, from work wear to casual

Forty-year-old retailer Mark’s has come a long way from its origins supplying industrial clothes to a booming oil town.

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Metro Ontario’s year of going local

The grocer focuses on food and music, aligning its sourcing strategy with Canada’s 150th birthday.

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MFMK looks to take personal styling mass

The startup creates free inspiration boards, driving traffic to retail partners like Simons and Penningtons.

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Ikea keeps Market Hall campaign sustainable

Why textiles and lighting are central to the newest phase of the retailer’s ongoing efforts.

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A smarter way to personalize (column)

Salesforce’s new Canadian CMO Tricia Gellman on how AI fits into the high standards of modern consumers.

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Nissan brings new signage to the dealership

A new partnership aims to improve the customer experience and better leverage local insights.

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Gildan buys American Apparel

The Canadian apparel maker acquires the fashion retailer at auction, but the fate of its stores remains unclear.

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Marketers of the Year: Ginette Harnois won’t compromise

How stigma-challenging creative and robust CRM helped Penningtons empower its plus-size customer through fashion.

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Marketers of the Year: Andrea Graham’s goof-proof strategy

How the exec moved Leon’s from silly ads to family-friendly creative, appealing to a younger home-buying demo.

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Sephora picks National

The PR agency will lead influencer outreach and communication strategies for the beauty retailer across Canada.

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Sears to sell Craftsman

Stanley Black & Decker will acquire the tool and hardware brand and expand into new channels following a $900 million deal.

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Reports of strong sales growth may be overblown

Despite optimism leading up to the holiday season, year-over-year losses hit multiple categories.