Retail

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Notes on the Store of the Future

Using health and ethnic aisles as a blueprint to design stores by customers instead of product.

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Hudson’s Bay to sell Lord and Taylor

Clothing rental company Le Tote acquires the legacy retail brand amid HBC’s attempts to go private.

President shuffle at Toys ‘R’ Us, Walmart and Reitmans

New leaders will helm the retailers as they face increased competition from online players.

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Retail sales growth continues to slump

The latest analysis from Ed Strapagiel shows hopes of a rebound were likely premature after gains of only 1.5% during Q2.

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Weber Shandwick named PR AOR for Best Buy Canada

The PR agency will lead a paid and earned strategy aimed at highlighting the retailer’s customer service and in-store experience.

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DavidsTea developing an AI-powered chat tool

Part of a bigger digital transformation, the tea retailer is working with Heyday to launch the platform before the holidays.

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Bloom mattresses pop up at Walmart

The Sleep Country mattress-in-a-box brand made appearances inside two of the retailer’s stores in the lead-up to back-to-school.

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Another 42 cannabis stores coming to Ontario

Coffee Time partner Huge Shops, as well as the site of a former illicit dispensary, are among the winning applicants.

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Frank and Oak launches collection made from recycled denim

The fashion brand’s latest environmental effort is front-and-centre of its newest campaign and flagship store.

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Walmart and Instacart expand grocery delivery

The service will come to nearly 200 stores as the retailer expands its omnichannel options in the grocery category.

Ecommerce

Amazon tops survey of most-trusted ecommerce brands

Despite recent controversies, the online giant ranked first in 18 of the 24 product categories examined in BrandSpark’s survey.

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IKEA Canada constructs a brand for the future

As the popular retailer faces stiff competition, it’s building new in-store and online experiences (no Allen key needed).

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More parents going online for back-to-school deals

A survey shows consumers are looking for ways to reduce the expense of the season, which is on its way back up.

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Shoppers Drug Mart launches The Beauty Project

The in-store event is meant to show the role Shoppers can play in helping consumers experiment with and discover new looks.

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Aldo begins eliminating single-use bags

The move aims to reduce both plastic and paper waste, eliminating roughly 10 million bags from circulation globally.