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Apr 20, 2009
Retail Displays: Putting on a Front
Alison McLaughlin

Appreciation for the theatre outside his own window is echoed in the extravagant window and floor displays he creates for his retail clients. “The window is the first point of contact for a store, the calling card,” says Williams, who today is surrounded in his cramped workshop by hundreds of fluorescent...

Feb 13, 2009
The Bolts Come Off Canadian Tire
Tony Wanless

The digerati are all – ahem – atwitter about the fact that Canadian Tire, citing economic return, is shutting down its massive e-commerce website. The venerable retailer, which was hailed at one time as a big-company leader in adopting e-commerce, says the site will now be available only for customer research purposes. This, apparently, is what most customers do now – research a purchase online and then buy it in a store.

Dec 17, 2008
The Book on Co-opetition
Tony Wanless

Nice to see that Victoria's Abebooks has finalized a sale to Amazon.com , and at the same time validated a 21st Century business model that is only going to gain strength in future. Abebooks, which began in 1995 as Advance Book Exchange, grew into the world's largest online marketplace for...

Dec 1, 2008
Gift Cards: Money for Nothing
Steve Burgess

Said Shakespeare’s Hamlet: “Thus conscience doth make cowards of us all.” On the topic of gift cards, he had nothing. “Thus Christmas doth make morons of us all,” would be good. Or there’s always the one about a fool and his money. I recently bought a digital camera at London...

Dec 1, 2008
Gift Cards: Money for Nothing
Steve Burgess

Said Shakespeare’s Hamlet: “Thus conscience doth make cowards of us all.” On the topic of gift cards, he had nothing. “Thus Christmas doth make morons of us all,” would be good. Or there’s always the one about a fool and his money. I recently bought a digital camera at London Drugs.

Nov 19, 2008
A&B Sounds the Death Knell
Tony Wanless

It looks like the final nail has been hammered into the A&B Sound coffin. As a consumer I'll miss it, but as a business analyst I'm thinking: Let's hope it stays there. This retail zombie was a classic story of innovation squandered, really bad M&A, and modern management gone mad.

Jul 1, 2008
How to Pick a Retail Spot
Jessica Werb

A retail business can stand or fall depending on its location. Pick the right spot and you’re in the money; get it wrong and you can kiss your profits goodbye. So how do you pick your lucky locale? Experts David Gray, principal of DIG360 Consulting Ltd.; Jim Smerdon, senior associate with Colliers International Realty Advisors Inc.; and Stephen Knight, president of Sitings Realty Ltd., share some insights into the mysterious art and science of location scouting. Finesse your brand...

Apr 1, 2008
Ascending Profits: The Corporate Climb
Peter Severinson

The iconic retailer will surely score some goodwill through the donation, but there are also some less karmic business reasons for this kind of generosity. This may well be a stellar example of just the kind of corporate community involvement more and more companies are struggling to do right. Climbers have...

Apr 1, 2008
A Dog's Life: Luxury Goods for Pets
By Jessica Werb

Local businesses have found the next big consumer: She's got four legs, a tail, a floppy tongue and a taste for luxury. Luxury dog products are growing in popularity, and it doesn't end with a fancy collar

Jan 1, 2008
Retail Landscape: On location
By Alison Appelbe

“It made a huge difference – better street traffic,” says owner Sharman King of the relocation from 1181 Davie, near Bute Street, to 1051 Davie, closer to Burrard Street. King attributes the lack of bookstore traffic at 1181 Davie to the open sale of illegal drugs at the intersection of Davie...

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