Retail

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Outdoor enthusiasts up their game with gear upgrades

After two years of booming cycling and camping sales, MEC and Altitude are seeing consumers return for more than the basics.

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Lowe’s gets funny about its product assortment

The retailer adopts a humorous tone for both its Lowe’s and Rona banners ahead of a busy spring reno season.

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Lululemon and LCBO join Deloitte’s most ‘powerful’ retailers

The number of Canadian brands grew to eight, driven by innovation and sustainability.

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The shopper trends that will shape the rest of the year

From Shopper Marketing Report: WGSN predicts supply issues, inflation and TikTok will have big impacts on behaviour.

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Cannabis POS system Greenline partners with loyalty provider Springbig

The company aims to tap into a rich but elusive source of shopper data.

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Couche-Tard is seeing strong growth in fresh food

The convenience retailer is seeing opportunities in new products, segments and bringing back its marketing spend.

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Loblaw to acquire Lifemark therapy and rehab clinics

The deal is meant to complement Shoppers’ health services and give it a bigger place in the $11 billion physiotherapy market.

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Canadian Tire unveils multi-billion omnichannel investment plan

The retailer plans to spend big on loyalty, owned brands and new retail experiences over the next four years.

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Empire boasts ‘highest earnings per share in memory’

Investments in Voila and private label are continuing to drive big growth for the parent company of Sobeys and IGA.

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In-store spending is surging past pre-pandemic levels

Mastercard’s latest report also finds that jewelery, restaurants and electronics are (finally) on a strong path to recovery.

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IKEA explores the dual meaning of ‘make yourself at home’

The retailer’s new campaign shows how simple design choices can shape who we become.

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Why Lowe’s took a consumer marketing approach to recruitment

The retailer is trying to be less stuffy and more friendly to reach Gen Z where they are.

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Couche-Tard deploys $55 million in funding for ‘the future of convenience’

The retailer is investing in delivery, AI and lottery app startups.

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Pet Valu enters Quebec by acquiring Chico

Buying the province’s largest pet store franchisor is the logical next step in become Canada’s top pet retailer.

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Canada Goose wants another bounce from its NBA teamup

The retailer ties another new collection into the self-expression message it has promoted alongside the partnership.