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London Drugs releases more inclusive Valentine’s Day cards

The drug store chain addresses “gaps in the card aisle” with designs for LGBTQ people and different relationship styles.

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Shoppers react to Sobeys’ plastic bag elimination

Field Agent polled Canadians who visited the grocer last weekend to see how their habits were impacted.

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Goop sets up shop at Sephora in Canada

The partnership will allow Canadians outside of Toronto to shop the beauty brand in person for the first time.

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48North is bringing cannabis products to Thoughtfull

Indigo’s new ecommerce platform is now selling a selection of accessories curated by the cannabis company.

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Lessons from Canada’s most trusted brands

Kellogg’s, Sun Life and Toyota continue to rank highly in the 2020 edition of the list from Reader’s Digest and Ipsos.

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Retail sales growth on track to hit ten-year low

November sales may have jumped slightly from October, but “one month does not a trend make,” notes analyst Ed Strapagiel.

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Arc’teryx aims to make performance more accessible

From the C-Suite newsletter: Why the outdoor apparel company is curating trips and opening its first lifestyle concept store.

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What’s behind Gap’s woes?

From the C-Suite newsletter: The banner may no longer be a powerhouse, but analysts disagree on the cause of its struggle.

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This year’s store closures get off to an early start

Bose joins the ranks of retailers like Pier 1, Links of London and IKEA that have begun 2020 by scaling back their store footprints.

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Circle K puts a positive spin on being naughty

The convenience store chain’s holiday giveaway was born out of increased customer segmentation work.

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Indigo gets Thoughtfull about new gifting brand

The retailer’s internally incubated ecommerce site uses its extended product selection to help answer demand for unique gifts.

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IKEA shows the possibilities of storage

The retailer takes a dream-like approach to address consumer pain points around staying organized.

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Matt & Nat goes beyond eco-friendly, vegan products

From the C-Suite newsletter: The fashion brand has grown its presence by offering more than a green promise.

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Ontario government scraps retail lottery system

New rules that are meant to “open” the market will include roughly 20 new licenses being awarded each month.

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Digital payments explode as cash volumes implode

A Payments Canada report also finds security concerns still hold back the uptake of payments with mobile devices.