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Posted on September 25, 2017 by Bud Morris

RealREIT Conference Tackles Industry Challenges

The intelligentsia of the retail real estate crowd congregated in Toronto last Thursday to talk property management and disruptors. The fourteenth annual RealREIT conference dove headfirst into its retail focus, and the spate of grim prognoses the media’s been assigning the scene of late. OneREIT CEO Richard Michaeloff was succinct in his efforts to put the hysteria in perspective. “Retail,” …

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Posted on September 11, 2017 by Bud Morris

New Accolade Honours Pros Who Make Spaces Beautifully Liveable

There’s nothing like a prize to make all the effort worth while. By keeping their eyes on the thing, professionals challenge themselves to achieve performance levels beyond those they might hit on a non-competitive landscape. It’s why Antalis, a noted European distributor of papers, packaging and visual communication products, has partnered with Wallpaper* magazine to launch the Antalis Interior Design …

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With marijuana legalization slow-burning on the horizon, Canadian entrepreneurs are racing to lay hands on whatever part of the retail pie they can. Retail design is part of this looming revised reality. Pot stores, legit though they might be, are hitting the scene at a significant disadvantage. After all, their head-shop predecessors have established a sketchy reputation for purveyors of …

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Posted on April 28, 2017 by Bud Morris

How to Launch a Pot Shop

That recreational marijuana is poised for legalization in this country (starting July 1, 2018) has been all the buzz for the past long while in Canada, as the government scrambles to clarify the particulars. Lots of folks are keen to capitalize on this flaming development, and the uncharted possibilities beckon with tremendous promise. The only question is: how and where? …

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Posted on April 10, 2017 by Bud Morris

The Slash of the Cash

Years ago, predictions of a paperless society fluttered about the place like so much confetti. Today, the subject of predicted demise is cash—and retailers should take note. Last September, payment tech behemoth Moneris published a report that said cash will account for just 10 percent of all purchases in Canada by 2030, with the balance made up by credit, debit …

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Posted on March 13, 2017 by Bud Morris

CBSF Inc. and Bud Morris Take on EuroShop2017

Fresh back from my trip to Dusseldorf, Germany and the EuroShop Retail Trade Fair and what a great show it was. Arguably the biggest and best retail tradeshow in the world, this was my fourth visit and it never ceases to impress. It can be an overwhelming experience and such a large show that a lot of time can be …

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Posted on February 27, 2017 by Carm McCormick

Canadian E-Commerce Comes into Its Own

The e-commerce scene—long percolating in this country but never boiling—has burst into life in recent months. So confirms eMarketer, in a new forecast that predicts that digital purchases could account for 10 percent of all retail sales in Canada in the next four years. Just-tallied numbers indicate that e-commerce purchases (excluding travel and event tickets) in this country accounted for …

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Posted on February 13, 2017 by Carm McCormick

A&F Updates Store Concept with Reimagined Interior

American mall-based retail giant Abercrombie & Fitch is giving its interior a makeover in an effort to encourage same in its financial status. The updated stores will look to shake free the brand’s longstanding dark, thumping hypersexual image (strolling shirtless models, anyone?) in favour of something more sleek, inclusive and personalized. The first of the new stores, at the Polaris …

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To mark the publication of its latest report on what the world can expect on the retail landscape, New York-based media firm PSFK is holding an event to unspool its findings. On January 17, PSFK will present the seventh edition of the Future of Retail. Here, in addition to presenting an overview of the report, the company will share key …

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Posted on January 9, 2017 by Bud Morris

Milk Gets Lit

Lighting is a featured player in every retail drama. And the essential role has been the subject of a serious recast over the last half-dozen years, with LED technologies sweeping onto the scene to replace their metal halide, fluorescent and halogen predecessors. Certainly, the advent of LED has been worth celebrating for the cost savings it’s delivered to a retail …

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