Retail

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Strum launches, rewards customers for brand interaction

The new iPhone app provides a direct communication line for customers to speak with local Toronto retailers and restaurants while in their stores.

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Four trends in retail convenience: report

The Nurun Retail Transactions & Payments report highlights the increase of convenient digital payment options and brands bartering social capital for tangible goods.

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Global shopper marketing tour: down under edition

Influence Marketing’s Derek Joynt and Martin Rydlo check out some innovative store designs in Australia.

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Consumerology: Don’t tweet angry

Bensimon Byrne’s Max Valiquette muses on how brands should respond (or not respond) to angry social media rants.

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Who’s showrooming, and how?

A new TNS survey found that 60% of Canadians price compare, and 31% are doing so in stores on their mobile devices.

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In the aisles with The Beer Store’s Andrea Randolph

The VP of retail talks about new test features, including touch-screen displays and beer fridges, meant to create a more inviting shopping environment.

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Sport Chek cheers on athletes’ parents

The retailer is leveraging Olympic women’s hockey player Meaghan Mikkelson in TV spots for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

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Sears focuses on ‘The Essentials’

The retailer is extending its “Make Every Day a Great Day” branding with a TV and online campaign that highlights its product heroes.

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Building ‘fresh’ into shopper marketing

Shopper DDB’s Jason Dubroy, Hunter Straker’s Sheri Pearson and Influence Marketing’s Martin Rydlo brainstorm ways to target quality-conscious consumers in stores.

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The rise of retail-tainment

Retailers and entertainment companies are increasingly allowing consumers to “shop the show,” as branded content takes on a different spin.

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In the aisles with Canadian Tire’s Allan MacDonald

Strategy chatted with the VP of marketing about the retailer’s recent jolt in its digital endeavors and how it’s adapting to the changing shopper landscape.

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Walmart brings Smiley out of retirement

The retailer’s mascot quietly returns to support a month-long price roll-back promotion by JWT.

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Zulu Alpha Kilo lands Interac account

The Toronto agency will collaborate with Montreal’s Tank on the Canadian payment company’s marketing strategies later this year.

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HMV bets on streaming, loyalty and merch

The retailer’s president and CEO Nick Williams discusses its plans to fight back in the face of digital adversity.

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In the aisles with Wendy Liebmann

Strategy chatted with WSL’s chief shopper to hear about cross-border trends, what makes Canadians unique, and everyone’s favourite topic, big data.