Retail in Canada
To use Loblaws's shop and scan, customers download the PC Express app on their phone and connect to free Wi-Fi offered in their store. They then use the app to scan items before putting them in their shopping cart. (CBC)
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With just 13,000 square feet of space situated in the basement of a 100-year-old brick-and-beam building, Organic Garage’s fourth store is very different to a national grocery chain outlet, where one would typically find aisle upon aisle of food stretching out almost as far as the eye can see. (The Globe and Mail)
Just after the federal government passed a law this week forcing an end to strikes by Canadian Union of Postal Workers members, the union warned that other unions could act out in response. ( National Post )
“We recognize that consumer shopping habits are evolving and we remain focused on serving our customers any way they want to shop, and providing them with the choice to navigate easily between traditional and online channels,” said David Friesema, Sleep Country’s CEO, in a statement Thursday. (The Star)
Desperate times call for desperate measures in Canada’s supply-constrained pot industry. National Access Cannabis Corp., the country’s largest private marijuana retailer with 17 stores, has a team of five people watching 24/7 for new inventory from Alberta’s provincial regulator, which controls wholesale pot distribution. (Calgary Herald)
The program — called Shop Theft — allows privately employed theft prevention officers to release an accused after the details of the incident are called in to a division, as opposed to waiting — sometimes for hours — for police to answer the low-priority calls. (The Star)
Minimalist Japanese retailer Muji has unveiled its largest store in Canada to date, steps away from Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square. The 19,110 square foot store is the first in Canada to span two levels and is now the largest Muji store in the world outside of Asia. (Retail Insider)
Canada’s new $10 bill is starting to appear in cash transactions. This new bank note was issued into circulation on November 19 and is now making its way into financial institutions across the country.
 
This new note is being rolled out gradually and will circulate alongside the other $10 notes, until they need to be replaced. As the new regularly circulating $10 bank note, the vertical $10 will be produced by the Bank of Canada for years to come. 
November 30, 2018
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Based on Black Friday weekend results, which NRF counts as the five days from Thanksgiving Thursday through Cyber Monday, the trade organization reiterated its holiday season forecast of 4.3-4.8% year over year sales. ( Forbes)
There are major strains in our political relationship with the Chinese government. It doesn't put them in the mood to come to the U.S. to spend their hard earned dollars. (CBC)
Cash is disappearing in the country faster than anyone thought it would. Now, officials are trying to slow its demise as they determine the societal costs. (NYT)
The tire brand is launching its new store concept, called Roll by Goodyear. Unlike traditional industrial-looking tire shops adjacent to garages with impersonal waiting rooms, Roll locations are showrooms with contemporary design elements located in lifestyle centers alongside other retailers. (Retail Wire)
Avon’s newly-appointed head of brand has been tasked with mapping out a plan to modernise the 130-year-old cosmetics giant for customers who are more inclined to get eyeshadow tips on YouTube or Instagram than answer the doorbell to a representative. (The Drum)
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In the midst of a beauty boom Avon’s newly-appointed head of brand has been tasked with mapping out a plan to modernise the 130-year-old cosmetics giant for customers who are more inclined to get eyeshadow tips on YouTube or Instagram than answer the doorbell to a representative. (CBC)
This year’s Black Friday event was “by far” the biggest day in Indochino’s 11-year history as a company, according to chief revenue officer Peter Housley, whose duties include brand and marketing strategy for the men’s retailer. (Strategy)
Toronto-based eclectic gift shop chain Drake General Store has beefed up its retail footprint for the holiday season—a time of year when the retailer enjoys a high volume of business as shoppers seek out gifts that can’t be found anywhere else. (Retail Insider)
Spotlight on Retail Supply Chain
Recent advances in technology and significant developments with respect to supply chain innovation has prompted grocers operating in Canada to become more efficient and capitalize on the “now” economy. (Canadian Retailer)
Few easy or universal strategies exist for getting the last mile right. But when we compare delivery systems around the world, two things become clear: Circumstances affecting delivery differ drastically from place to place, but shoppers everywhere prioritize convenience. That’s why business leaders need to prioritize it, too. (Strategy Business)

Karl Littler, spokesman for the Retail Council of Canada, said the allocation looks like a subsidy. “We find that, obviously, to be less than ideal, given that people buy their cheese from us, not from the producers,” he said.  (For Subscribers Only - The Glove and Mail
Spotlight on Retail Research
Retail Council of Canada’s Holiday Shopping Survey 2018, conducted by Leger, asked 2,504 Canadians from coast to coast about their intended behaviours around the upcoming 2018 holiday shopping season.
Households in British Columbia spend more online annually than households in any other province, according to new research on the e-commerce habits of Canadians. (Financial Post)
Similar to Asian giants Alibaba and Tencent, which are combining retail, social media, entertainment, payments, cloud-computing networks and more, Amazon is building an ecosystem of services to offer seamless value to customers and vendors. (Bain Consulting)
The global market for warehouse robotics reached nearly $2 billion in 2016 (Canadian Retailer)
A new report from  The Upside Foundation , a charity that enables startups to give back by sharing their financial upside, examines Canadians' attitudes toward corporate giving and the effect it has on purchasing decisions. The report* was commissioned in collaboration with  Interac Corp.  The Upside Foundation's Innovation Sponsor, to celebrate #GivingTuesday, which takes place annually the day after Cyber Monday, and encourages Canadians to give back with their time or money. 
News and Resources from RCC
ATTENTION: Retailers who sell food in Canada – especially leaders of quality insurance, regulatory compliance. The Safe Food for Canadians: Meeting Regulatory Requirements, 2nd Edition is now available .
RCC and the Calgary Food & Drug Executives are once again pleased to be hosting Santa Cause, an annual holiday celebration of leaders in our industry. Come and celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of three leaders in our industry at our annual holiday event! 

This year's inductees are: 
Albert Lum - Vice President, Supply Chain - Buy-Low Foods 
Josianne Legare - Senior Vice President Sales - Lassonde 
Rick Jolie - Western Canada Sales - Erie Meat Products  

Go to  SANTA CAUSE REGISTRATION  for more information
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