Retail

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Best brand expansion: Simons brings chic design out west

The Quebec fashion retailer is taking on tough compettion and expanding to other provinces with its clever store designs.

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Instant Brand of the Year: Ikea Monkey’s sudden fame

It wouldn’t be a “best of the year” roundup without mention of this fuzzy, fashionable primate. But did Ikea miss out on a marketing opportunity?

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Former Loblaw president Dave Nichol has passed away

The man behind the grocer’s No Name and President’s Choice labels, as well as the face of the company in the ’80s and ’90s, passed away on Sunday evening at age 73.

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Global tour: disruptive retail concepts

From Asda in the U.K. to E-mart in South Korea, DDB’s Jason Dubroy tours the globe for retail concepts that may change the way goods are sold.

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MEC uses consumer motivations to inspire a rebrand

The retailer has redesigned its logo and is positioning itself as the go-to store for outdoor enthusiasts of different active profiles.

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Courvoisier drives a new experience in stores

The cognac brand has launched its first major in-store program for a contest that awards customers travel and food goodies.

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Both TD and CIBC to offer Aeroplan credit cards

The loyalty card’s parent company Aimia has also announced a purchase agreement with the two banks, which its expects to close by the end of 2013.

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Canadian Tire calls for more play

The company has launched “Anthem,” a new campaign aimed at getting Canadian families more active.

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Birks channels heritage for rebrand

The Canadian jeweller is opening new stores in Burlington and Montreal with the support of an OOH and print campaign.

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Kraft Food Group beefs up its CRM strategy

The North American grocery division launched a pilot program in Quebec that saw it using insights from its “What’s Cooking” data-gathering property.

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Back-to-school spending jumps

Montreal’s Ernst & Young forecasts the highest growth since the 2008 recession.

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Moms’ moods inspire Walmart

From the emotional to the ultra-organized, the retailer showcases multiple mom personas in its new back-to-school campaign.

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Comparing loyalty programs in Canada

Colloquy and Environics have released research and launched an online tool that shows how long it takes to reap rewards from 21 different loyalty programs.

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Infographic: Mobile shopping habits

Tapped Mobile unveils research on how Canadian men, moms and millennials use their phones while in stores.

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Global retail tour: surprising store concepts

Influence Marketing’s Martin Rydlo and Derek Joynt find crazy store ideas from pop-up malls to fold-away shops.