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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 January 30, 2017 by Carm McCormick

Canada’s Malls Stand Tall

Out of the dregs of the retail doldrums, an unexpected bit of news: Canada’s malls are thriving. The busiest shopping centre in all of North America is Toronto’s Eaton Centre. In 2015, this iconic mall played host to 48.9 million visitors. That, points out the report, is more than the Las Vegas strip or the two Disney resorts combined attracted, …

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Posted on January 23, 2017 by Carm McCormick

Shop Cat Trend Purrs Along

In 2010, an IKEA store in England made the curious choice to release 100 cats into its ultra-modern, slat-supported Scandinavian midst. Scant detail exists on the rationale behind the experiment. But the results—to which the YouTube videos of leaping, bounding, box-occupying felines can attest—are splendid. The relationship between cats and stores is a longstanding one. Everyone knows a card shop …

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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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Retail innovation is poised for celebration with the Canadian Retail Innovation Challenge. This just-announced national contest—the product of four of Canada’s most high-flying retail players—launches the hunt for the country’s cleverest retail and technology entrepreneurs. In February, Dx3 Canada, in conjunction with retail real estate magnate Oxford Properties Group, industry futurist Retail Prophet and the Retail Council of Canada, will crown six of Canada’s brightest …

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Posted on November 21, 2016 by Carm McCormick

Retail Displays Reach New Levels of Cunning

One day, our grandchildren will look back on the retail landscape of old and marvel at the simplistic and limited scene. Imagine not having ready access to streams of digital information about a product you’re considering buying, including comparator data on its competitors, reviews and even a customized soundtrack! Today we live in more transitory times. Increasingly, stores are getting …

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Posted on November 15, 2016 by Carm McCormick

Happy Holiday Stats Favour Integrated Retailers

Canadian retail sales are expected to grow by 3.5% this holiday season, trumpet the temperature takers at EY. Lower gas prices, contracted cross-border shopping, the federal middle-class tax cut and arguably buoyant consumer confidence all spell looming good fortune for Canadian retailers. But unless you’re a mindfully integrated version of same, the good news hits a wall at the mall. …

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