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Anger and Frustration from Mall Retailers and Other Businesses Not Permitted to Reopen Friday in Ontario: Interviews

Business owners say that they are watching their life's work crumble due to the province's inaction amid despair.

Significant Staffing Crisis in Canada as Retailers Reopen: Feature

The greatest staffing challenge ever faced by Canadian retailers follows pandemic lockdowns creating an emergency situation.

Season 3, Episode 13: Hudson’s Bay Downsizing its Downtown Flagship Stores

This week, Craig and Lee talk about Craig's analysis on The Hudson's Bay Company's potential redevelopment plans for its flagship locations in Canadian downtowns. Is it a good strategy or missed opportunity?

Free Live Event Featuring Retail Insider’s Craig Patterson: Smart Security and Automation for Retail in Canada

The event will be held Wednesday June 16 at 2pm Eastern/11am Pacific.
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Aldo Pilots Livestream Shopping as the Asian Trend Expands into Canada: Expert Commentary

Popular in Asia, live shopping is expected to grow in North America in a big way as consumers embrace the online experience.

Amazon Announces Canadian Operations Expansion with Hiring at Tech Hubs: Interviews

The online behemoth is seeing explosive growth as consumers shift online during the pandemic.

Etsy Sees Significant Platform Growth for Handmade and Vintage Goods in Canada: Interview

The platform has almost 200,000 sellers in Canada and has become an economic generator with significant growth expected.
Downtown Victoria

Downtown Victoria BC Retail and Foodservice Finding its Place Amid Drastic Downturn in Tourism: Interviews

The city is taking a hard look at retail and foodservice sustainability without cruise ships and tourists at a time of reinvention for some.

‘Devastating Situation’ for Furniture Retailers in Canada Amid Ongoing Federal Government Tariffs: Interviews

The "financial bombshell" tax is creating an unprecedented economic and operational challenge amid rising raw material and labor costs, international transportation issues, and staff shortages.

How Smart Security and Automation are Helping Retailers Uncover Insights to Enhance Operations

The advancement of video analytics technology presenting benefits that go well beyond detecting threat of risk.

Hudson’s Bay Downsizing Downtown Flagship Stores in Canada [Analysis]

Mixed-use developments will replace standalone flagship Bay stores at a time when some leading global department stores are growing in size with non-retail attractions. An opportunity for creating massive F&B/attraction-heavy Hudson's Bay flagships could be lost as a result.

Retail Insider Announces Exclusive Partnership with Swyft to Help Continued Growth of Making Same-Day Delivery Available to Retailers Across Canada

The first of its kind partnership for Retail Insider recognizes Swyft’s opportunity as an industry game-changer for retail deliveries as it continues its rapid growth.

Lightspeed Announces Acquisition of Two Global Digital Commerce Businesses

The massive acquisition provides Lightspeed customers new further digital capabilities, enhanced supply chain management as well as enhanced online customer experiences.

Canadian Retail Updates from the Desk of Craig Patterson

Store openings, closings, opinions and other happenings are discussed in this inaugural segment of a new series.

Vancouver Retail Outlook Positive Despite Pandemic: Study

Martin Moriarty says he was surprised at the resiliency in the market and other experts are predicting good things long-term.

Special Edition 33: Melissa Austria of Gotstyle Talks Retail in Toronto

Craig and Melissa discuss the history of Toronto-based Gotstyle and how the retail brand that she founded in 2005 has been able to weather the pandemic, in addition to thoughts and ideas about the future of high-end fashion retail in Canada.

Vancouver-Based Menswear Retailer Boys’Co Shutting Down Operations After 37 Years

The storied retailer opened its first location on the same day as Aritzia in Vancouver in 1984 as part of Murray Goldman Ltd. which launched in 1946.
Knix on Queen Street West

Canadian Intimate Apparel Brand Knix Accelerating Retail Expansion Plans After Funding Announcement

The direct-to-consumer brand will open about 20 stores over the next 18-24 months as market share grows.

Sugar-Coating the Newfoundland Sugar Tax: Sylvain Charlebois

Newfoundland and Labrador could be the first province in Canada to implement a sugar tax on soft drinks which could be less about making people healthier and more about raising revenues.

Attracting Chinese Tourists to Canada Post-Pandemic Critical for Retail Growth: Expert

Cautious Chinese consumers will again need to be courted following a significant loss in tourist numbers during the pandemic.
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Season 3, Episode 13: Hudson’s Bay Downsizing its Downtown Flagship Stores

This week, Craig and Lee talk about Craig's analysis on The Hudson's Bay Company's potential redevelopment plans for its flagship locations in Canadian downtowns. Is it a good strategy or missed opportunity?

Special Edition 33: Melissa Austria of Gotstyle Talks Retail in Toronto

Craig and Melissa discuss the history of Toronto-based Gotstyle and how the retail brand that she founded in 2005 has been able to weather the pandemic, in addition to thoughts and ideas about the future of high-end fashion retail in Canada.

Special Edition 32: Outgoing Downtown Vancouver BIA Head Charles Gauthier Talks Retail

Craig and Charles discuss how he landed the position 29 years ago, retail in the downtown core and what he has planned next.

Season 3, Episode 12: Upscale Womenswear Retailer ‘Blu’s’ Opening at West Edmonton Mall as it Exits Southgate

This week, Craig and Lee discuss Blu's womenswear's move to West Edmonton Mall after exiting Southgate, as well as the overall health of downtown Edmonton as retailers shutter during the pandemic.

Season 3, Episode 11: Topshop to Close All Stores in Canada

The closure of Topshop and Topman shop-in-stores will require HBC to strategize a substantial amount of space in many of its stores.

Brief: Ralph Lauren Sells Club Monaco, Hudson’s Bay Takes 15% BIPOC Pledge

Foodtastic acquires vegan QSR brand Copper Branch, Adidas opens at the Amazing Brentwood, Division Twelve furnishings opening Toronto showroom.

BRIEF: Sephora to Open Almost 50 Stores in Canada, Cadillac Fairview and Ivanhoé Swapping Assets

Other News: Lise Watier maximizes brand visibility, Hudson's Bay launches social impact platform, Jane's Walk goes virtual, Farm Boy continues expansion, London Drugs supports local, and Bed Bath & Beyond launches same-day delivery.

BRIEF: Hudson’s Bay Launches Beauty Recycling, Tim Hortons ‘Innovation Café’ Shutters in the Financial District

Other News: Porsche opens large showroom at CF Markville, BonLook acquires virtual measurement tool, Altitude Sports launches next-day delivery.

BRIEF: Hudson’s Bay Shuts Last Outlet Store, Famous Kim’s Convenience Store Comes to Market

Other News: Kartell relocating in Montreal, eBay Canada opening authentication centre for sneakerheads, Mobile Klinik launches mobile van service, The Brick marks Earth Day with unique campaign.

BRIEF: Cartier Shuts on Bloor for Renovation, Nordstrom Launches BEAUTYCYCLE in Canada

Other News: Costco opens 2 more business centres in Alberta and Ontario, Lightspeed expands, The Home Depot partners with Brian Gluckstein on collection.
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