Retail

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Walmart finds a lot of joy in one-stop shopping

Consumers need a pick-me-up, so the retailer brought back its teddy and zeroed in on simplifying the “holiday shopping mission.”

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Black Friday is nearly as popular as the rest of the holiday shopping season

IMI’s latest poll also shows being relevant to consumers goes beyond product and price.

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Why Best Buy turned Black Friday into a whole month

The retailer’s holiday campaign began earlier than ever, letting consumers know there’s no rush to get in-demand products and deals.

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Hudson’s Bay navigates the holiday season with much-needed cheer

Annie Murphy and Catherine O’Hara bring the joy Canadians want this year to a campaign geared towards making shopping less complicated.

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Fire & Flower grows by acquiring Friendly Stranger

The deal will make the cannabis retailer a leader both in Canada and the hotly contested Ontario market.

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Sobeys’ Michael Medline says it’s time to ‘innovate or die’

The CEO promised to more than double the number of products on Voila and expand the delivery service to Western Canada.

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Can private equity save embattled retailers?

From the C-Suite newsletter: Buyers have swept in to save MEC and Frank & Oak. What they do next will be critical to survival.

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Renaissance refreshes to be less thrift, more modern retailer

The Quebec non-profit refreshes the look of the typical Goodwill store with a focus on sustainability and job-creation.

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What led to Le Chateau closing its doors?

Once beloved by young, fashion-conscious Canadians, the retailer had struggled to make its 100-plus stores pay off.

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How Sport Chek is preparing for the winter

The retailer is striking a balance between driving traffic for in-demand products and not sparking stressful holiday crowds.

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Life after a bankruptcy

Nearly 30 retailers have filed for protection since the onset of COVID-19. What recovery strategies could help them survive?

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Dentsu launches platform to make sense of the ecommerce boom

VP Simren Deogun talks about how the new offering helps CMOs navigate digital disruption.

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Canadians to spend 30% less this holiday season

A PwC forecast shows a generational gap in spending plans and big declines in how much people are buying for themselves.

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Which categories have had the biggest ecomm boost?

MiQ captures data from ecomm, coupon and discounting platforms to see if increased online interest makes up for dips in-store.

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Rona shows the fun that comes with DIY know-how

The hardware retailer combines craftsmanship and kookiness to solidify its status with experts (and those who want to be one).