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Posted on June 17, 2013 by Michael Benarroch

Greening Mass Consumption

Steve Howard, a Swedish businessman who holds the extraordinary rank of “chief sustainability officer” at Ikea, wants to build a better world — one Allen key at a time.

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Posted on May 31, 2013 by Michael Benarroch

Toronto 17th Hottest City for Expanding Retailers

Retailers on the hunt for new cities in which to drop roots consider Toronto among their top-20 options. Canada’s largest city ranked 17th in an annual survey of the world’s most desirable retail markets.

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Posted on May 17, 2013 by Michael Benarroch

Retailers Keen for Big Data

Once considered the domain of the marketing department alone, in-store data collection is increasingly emerging as an important tool for enhancing the day-to-day operation of a brick-and-mortar store.

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Posted on May 3, 2013 by Michael Benarroch

Bangladeshi Disasters Spur Change

The April 24 collapse of the clothing factory complex in Bangladesh that killed at least 427 people (and left a further 149 still unaccounted for) has shaken the retail industry to its foundations. The number of western retailers — typically mum about their relationships with the Bangladeshi garment factories that are the source of their cheap clothes — have come …

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Posted on April 9, 2013 by Michael Benarroch

Walgreen’s sets Big Ass environmental example

American drugstore goliath Walgreens grabbed the headlines recently with an announcement of a plan to build what it claims will be the first “net-zero” retail store on the continent. That this massive, hydra-headed operation — the largest drug retailer in the US — whose 8,100 retail outlets together consume massive gulps of energy in servicing their 6.3 million daily customers, …

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Posted on April 4, 2013 by Michael Benarroch

Target 101

Very little on the retail landscape has sparked more anticipation than the long-ballyhooed arrival of American general merchandise giant Target inside these Canadian borders. The first trio of the little darlings (in Milton, Fergus and Guelph, Ont.) flung open their doors a few weeks ago to throngs of expectant shoppers, fresh off a feeding frenzy of American hype over the …

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Posted on March 12, 2013 by Michael Benarroch

Google Goes To The Mall

What do you do when you want to confirm a rumour about the possibility of Google opening its own string of name-brand proprietary retail stores? Easy: Google it.

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