Retail in Canada
This will be the largest City Market store in Metro Vancouver, and the retailer’s fourth store in the region after other locations at Park Royal in West Vancouver, Lonsdale in North Vancouver, and Arbutus Ridge in the Vancouver Westside. (Daily Hive )
“Generally, retailers are going to go in the direction that consumers are going,” said Michael LeBlanc, senior retail adviser at the Retail Council of Canada. “So the march toward payments-without-cash has been fairly pronounced over the last number of years.” (The Globe & Mail)
“The apocalypse hasn’t happened,” said Diane Brisebois, president of the Retail Council of Canada (RCC), which recently released a study of the 30 biggest malls in the country. ( The Star )
Canada welcomed a record 50 new international retailers in 2017 alone and Toronto outranked several U.S. cities to be named North America's most popular market for international expansion, according to commercial real estate business CBRE Group Inc. (CTV)
Rexall Pharmacy Group Ltd. has teamed up with frozen-fare specialist M&M Food Market to replace many of the drugstore chain’s frozen foods with an “express” section from M&M, which is working to beef up its own retail business. (The Globe & Mail)
Produced in conjunction with Retail Council of Canada, The Voice of Retail TM podcast this week features interviews with Microsoft Canada Retail Industry leader Dave Rodgerson talking about #nrf2019, and Canadian Retailer editor Sean Tarry talks about the current issue features, plus This Week in Retail top news stories and analysis. (VOR)
Many analysts believe this kind of change is critical for established, ‘conventional’ brands like Metro, which are increasingly vulnerable to being left behind as the industry transforms through e-commerce, home delivery, cashierless stores and other new business models. (Grocery Business)
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Retail Around the World
Last week, China posted its slowest quarterly growth reading in a decade. Retail sales growth has similarly slowed, though it picked up a bit in December, and private-sector wage growth is down to global financial crisis levels. Middle-class Chinese people are increasingly cutting back. (NYT)
"One of the things that retailers that are struggling with today lack is the level of trust between the retailer and the consumer," Tractor Supply CEO Greg Sandfort said in 2017. To avoid that pitfall, Tractor Supply emphasizes customer service. ( CNN )
Britain’s largest supermarket chain has triggered the painful review after one of the toughest Christmas trading periods on record when many retailers struggled to grow sales. (Daily Mail)

To analysts, Walmart’s pullout could be the first of a range of brands that will eventually leave the platform, but it could open up opportunities for smaller sellers. (DigiDay)

The move comes as Amazon seeks to find a formula for profitable growth in its retail business, which counts on North America for 69 percent of revenue. (CNBC)
News For Retail Entrepreneurs
The teenagers of the 1980s and 1990s flocked to this store, with its graffiti-covered walls, phone booths with free local calls, and otherworldly blue mannequins. The teens grew up, and while many were still loyal, one analyst notes that the next generations didn’t have the same connection. (The Star)
With a couple hundred dollars and a few minutes, you could go to a liquidation website right now and buy a pallet full of stuff that people have returned to Amazon. It will have, perhaps, been lightly sorted by product category—home decor, outdoor, apparel—but this is mostly aspirational. (The Atlantic)
The brainchild of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, Brandless Inc. is an e-commerce startup that’s relying on the skills of a Minnesota-based merchandising team to stake its place in groceries and household goods. (Star Tribune)
Puff Puff Pass Headshop in Clarenville, N.L., is the province’s first private weed store casualty since recreational marijuana was legalized in October. It is one of just six private, regulated cannabis retailers in Newfoundland and Labrador, and will shut its doors for good on Thursday. (For Subscribers Only - The Globe & Mail)
Only a month after legalization, AGLC announced it had received only 20 per cent of the cannabis ordered to supply 250 stores for six months. There has been a shortage across Canada ever since, and in response, Alberta capped retail stores at 65 until Friday's announcement, which brings the total licences to 75. (CBC)
Spotlight on Retail Technology
Avoid the hassle and cost of a clumsy technology deployment by designing it and doing it right the first time. (Canadian Retailer)
The retail world is smitten with tech. The promise of what it may bring — faster, more efficient processes, deeper customer engagement and increased profit margins — is never more apparent than at a convention. This year the show floor was full of amazing retail gadgets — many of which were practical, others that may take years to be fully embraced and deployed, and some that may never get off the ground due to an inability to scale. (Retail Dive )
Amazon recently announced that its boxy little robot will soon be hitting the sidewalks of Snohomish County in Washington to works out the kinks of the company’s autonomous delivery aspirations. How does this work exactly? (Curbed )
While you can expect to see more holographic 3-D images at malls and stores to wow you, these six trends that were evident at the National Retail Federation’s annual "Retail's Big Show" last week will have a more lasting impact. (Forbes )
Faced with a choice of pinpointing the flow of each gram of marijuana through their inventory or risking steep fines and licence suspensions, cannabis stores are reaching for help from a spinoff niche: point-of-sale technology. (BIV)
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