Retail

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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.

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Economic crunch could lead to depression-like drop in spending

A Deloitte report finds existing weakness in retail will be exacerbated by consumer concerns about unemployement.

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Simons’ CEO charts a path towards recovery

Why the Quebec retailer’s chief exec has postponed reopening stores, while expanding its online marketplace for local artisans.

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What are people actually spending money on?

Data from RBC suggests furniture and electronics are on a path to recovery, but travel, auto and apparel continue to struggle.

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Reitmans unsure about its future

The company’s financial results show it was in a precarious position before the pandemic started, as J. Crew becomes the first major fashion retailer to succumb to the pressure of shutting down.

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How a COVID-19 pivot drove greater sales for Knix

From the C-Suite newsletter: Moving its warehouse sale online helped the women’s intimates brand sell five times more inventory.

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The places consumers will go post-lockdown

Mindshare’s research suggests Canadians will be in no rush to return to malls and sporting events.

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Metro wants people to get through this together

The grocer looks to ‘tomorrow’ in a campaign celebrating moments of communities supporting each other during the pandemic.

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Lysol gains big in trust department

A Field Agent study finds Canadians also have a better opinion of retailers because of how they handled COVID-19.

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Canadian Tire pledges to give communities what they need

The retailer’s ad focuses on helping Canadians hold true to their values even though things are different, while getting the word out about a $5 million relief fund.

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Lowe’s asks Canadians to let their homes take care of them

The hardware retailer’s new campaign aims to put a more positive spin on staying at home.

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Shelfgram facilitates in-store visits from home

The retail photo platform aims to help marketers ensure retail experiences, displays and stock levels are consistent across markets.

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Spending on kids adapts to an ecommerce-first world

Diapers, food, toys and clothes all stand to be impacted by the shift in buying behaviour.