Retail

Retail Roundtable

Virtual Roundtable: Fashion retail wakes from hibernation

From the C-Suite newsletter: Leaders at Hudson’s Bay, Indochino, CF and GroupM discuss reopening strategies.

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Reitmans to close Thyme Maternity and Addition Elle

The company plans to permanently shutter 131 stores as it looks to optimize its retail footprint following creditor protection.

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The new retail environment

Consumers have built increasingly complex shopping experiences for themselves, from what they buy to how they buy it.

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The Shoe Company and DSW try on a new retail approach

To draw customers back to a highly tactile environment, the retailers have revamped stores and embraced new digital habits.

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Lowe’s makes DIY a way to (safely) get out of the house

New campaigns for Rona and Reno-Depot go after targets with different experience levels, but an equal desire to be outside.

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Hardware retailers prepare to keep being helpful

Home Hardware and Home Depot have been adapting what draws customers into their stores to the world of distanced retail.

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Which categories were hit hardest at the start of the pandemic?

Ed Strapagiel’s analysis shows clothing and auto are facing the toughest road to recovery.

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What are the new consumer segments?

Jackman Reinvents breaks down changing attitudes that are now driving consumers (and how to reach them).

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The Beer Store helps you pay back the people you owe a drink

The retailer prepares for summer by positioning its value proposition as a way to thank neighbours that helped us in recent months.

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Roots names new CEO

The retailer makes Meghan Roach’s leadership role permanent as it begins to grapple with the fallout of COVID-19.

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Young people more cautious about economy reopening

A survey from H+K also reveals that nearly half of respondents in four provinces believe ‘business as usual’ is happening too quickly.

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What will make customers feel safe in your store?

The latest IMI research breaks down how to soothe consumer concerns and drive brand affinity as the economy reopens.

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Has the online grocery boom changed Toronto’s Fresh City Farms for good?

Why the organic grocer went through with a physical retail expansion amid unheard-of demand for online grocery.

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Reitmans files for creditor protection

The already struggling retailer says a planned restructuring will include “optimizing” its bricks-and-mortar footprint.

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Aldo files for bankruptcy protection in the midst of transformation

COVID-19 caused a dramatic loss of revenue and increase in losses that put the retailer’s plans off the rails.