Research

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Talent from marginalized groups more likely to notice discrimination at work than their peers

In addition, less than half of respondents in a CMA survey have seen more diverse hiring.

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New formats could still drive a boom in cannabis

Analysis by Brightfield shows that while things like beverages got off to a slow start, their potential for growth outpaces flower.

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Mental health resonates more with younger demos

IMI’s latest recovery forecast shows how appetite for purpose, in-store shopping and events are unfolding.

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Canadian retail sales began 2021 on an uneven note

Ed Strapagiel’s latest analysis shows a wide variance between categories, as well as recovery trends from the end of last year.

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One quarter of Canadian cannabis users use it as a sleep aid

Vivintel’s latest insights suggests potential cannabis consumers are more interested in ‘practical’ occasions than current users.

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Canadian Tire tops list of most reputable companies

Shoppers Drug Mart ranked second on Leger’s annual ranking, while Amazon and Walmart took big hits.

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CEOs bullish on economic growth for 2021

Leaders are also confident in their own company’s prospects for revenue growth, according to PwC’s latest CEO survey.

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Amazon Prime’s loyalty is almost as sticky as Costco

Data from Caddle also shows how much business automatic “Subscribe & Save” deliveries could take from other retailers.

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Women of colour feel less welcome in marketing

A CMA survey shows a gap between how marketers as a whole and their non-white, female peers feel about their workplaces.

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Interest in private label is about more than value

Mintel shows that price plays a role, but consumers are increasingly drawn to the category’s product quality and innovation.

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The pandemic got people to reevaluate their careers

Almost 50% of people in strategy’s State of the Nation survey are thinking about new jobs after a year working from home.

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Some unexpected categories are boosting online share

Growth in ecomm sales of hot beverages, deli meat and OTC medicine are among the ‘behavioural resets’ Nielsen has identified.

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Why every business is a technology business

In its latest Technology Vision report, Accenture lays out the tech trends business leaders must embrace in order to succeed.

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Personal health concerns continue to drive brand trust

BrandSpark’s Most Trusted Awards adds a slew of new categories informed by shifting consumer interests during COVID-19.

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Retail sales growth ended 2020 at its lowest in over a decade

Ed Strapagiel’s latest analysis shows bright spots and recent rebounds were not enough to offset early dips and sluggish sectors.