210: Luxury Brand CHANEL Opens New Downtown Calgary Boutique

This week Craig & Lee talk about the new CHANEL boutique in Calgary. The discussion touches upon the history of CHANEL boutiques over the past decades, Holt Renfrew’s positioning of the concession and the strategy involved by the luxury retailer.

209: Bankruptcy Filings (Bestseller, Comark, SAIL) & Canada Goose Focusing on Own Stores

This week Craig & Lee talk about the recent bankruptcy protection filing announcements and Canada Goose’s latest announcement. The discussion touches upon Bestseller, Comark, and SAIL’s latest filings for bankruptcy protection as well as Canada Goose’s continued shift to direct-to-consumer sales.

Special Edition 15: ShipperBee Offers Uber-Like Deliveries with Expansion Plans

An off-schedule podcast discussion with Lynda Murray, the Chief Marketing Officer at ShipperBee. Ms. Murray explains how ShipperBee transforms parcel delivery without changing consumer behaviour while improving or customers business results, customer experience and our environment.

Special Edition 14: Shifting Consumer Behaviour to Impact Retail: Experts

An off-schedule podcast discussion with Ramesh Venkat and Mark Innes from David Sobey Centre for Innovation in Retailing and Services. Mr. Venkat and Mr. Innes discuss the latest research for Canadian retailer responses to COVID-19 and the Rise Again Retail virtual executive education program at the David Sobey Centre for Innovation in Retailing and Services.

208: COVID-19: Stores Begin Reopening in Canada, Some Closing Permanently

This week Craig & Lee talk about the COVID-19 re-opening retail announcements as well as the closure announcements. Reopenings included IKEA, Nordstrom and Holt Renfrew while the closures ranged from Victoria Secret (L Brands), Reitmans, Stokes and Nando’s.

Special Edition 13: Predictmedix brings AI to Canadian Retail including COVID-19 Screening

An off-schedule podcast discussion with Dr. Rahul Kushwah, the Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at PredictMedix Inc, an artificial intelligence (AI) company. Dr. Kushwah discusses the retail uses PredictMedix AI could bring to retailers for screening for COVID-19 and social distance enforcement.

207: COVID-19 2 Month Review, HBC Closing Downtown Edmonton Store

This week Craig & Lee review the COVID-19 articles and HBC’s closure of their downtown Edmonton store.

Special Edition 12: The Slow Road to Retail Recovery – Expert Interview with Charles de Brabant

An off-schedule podcast discussion with Charles de Brabant, the Executive Director at Bensadoun School of Retail Management at McGill University. Mr. de Brabant discusses the long road ahead to a recovery in the Canadian retail industry amid weak consumer confidence, as well as what the future may hold as we begin to settle into a ‘new normal’.

Special Edition 11: Retail Expert Interview on COVID-19 with George Minakakis

An off-schedule podcast discussion with George Minakakis, the Chief Executive Officer at Inception Retail Group Inc. Mr. Minakakis discusses the lead up to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) shutdowns, the current view of Canadian retail and overseas retail perspective on COVID-19 behaviors.

Special Edition 10: COVID-19 to Accelerate Change in Canadian Retail: Interview with Carl Boutet

An off-schedule podcast panel discussion with Carl Boutet, the Chief Strategist and Board Advisor for Studio RX for retail strategies. Mr. Boutet discusses how the COVID-19 (coronavirus) shutdowns are having a profound effect on the Canadian retail industry, including the demise of struggling chains as well as an acceleration of innovations that were already in the works.

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Brief: Mendocino Shuts All Stores, Okaïdi Canada Files

Other news: Gap closing most mall stores, co-working space replaces Shinola store, Star Bédard rebrands, Nobis gets charitable.
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Grocery Supplier Fees Harm Food Manufacturers and Independent Grocers: Expert

Sylvain Charlebois says that a code of practice is required to save the industry, and if nothing is done the consumer will also suffer.

L.L.Bean Continues Canadian Expansion with 1st Toronto Store [Photos]

The iconic US-based retailer is looking to expand into new Canadian markets coast-to-coast.

How Twin Brothers from Western Canada Founded 2 Rapidly-Growing Direct-to-Consumer Home Furnishings Brands

The entrepreneurs discuss building growth, taking risks, and where retail is going at an unprecedented time.

Cadillac Fairview Innovates with Virtual Food Court Experience Platform

The new CF Eats aims to help food vendors in the landlord’s malls grow revenue at a challenging time.