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Windows XP End of Support

March 3, 2014

Microsoft has announced that Windows XP will no longer be supported after April 8, 2014. After this date, Microsoft will no longer release any security patches for Windows XP.

Security experts are concerned that hackers are holding on to previously created attacks until after April 8,2014. This would leave systems vulnerable with no path for resolution.

It is our recommendation ...

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CRS at the Profile Show

March 1, 2014

CRS will be exhibiting at the Profile Show at the Toronto Congress Centre March 1–4, 2014.

From the Profile Show website:
The OFE Show and the Profile Show have merged to showcase a broader, more diversified marketplace for buyers and sellers. The new merged Profile Show brings together the best selection ...

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The Reason for Merchandise Planning

July 19, 2013

So you’ve hit year end. Your accountant has finished your taxes and your income statement looks great. So why does it feel like such a challenge to deal with the month-to-month expenses of running your retail store?

The Retail Consultants at CRS see this all the time. We meet business owners with viable businesses and a healthy income ...

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Win with CRS!

July 5, 2013

Canadian Retail Solutions is marking 20 years of service, and to celebrate we and our partners at Bluetrain SEO and Wishpond Social Media Marketing are offering our valued clients some gifts!

Over the next three months, CRS will be holding a series of contests through our Facebook page. The first contest will ...

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The Balancing Act

June 7, 2013

Selection, Service & Price

In a recent discussion with our General Manager and Management One Winning@Retail consultant, Scott Smith, we discussed the discomfort that many retailers feel when thinking about the reality of the proliferation of Big Box retailers in the Canadian retail space.

The reality is that independent retail can prepare itself for competition with these goliaths ...

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CRS Welcomes New Management One® Clients

May 27, 2013

CRS is happy to welcome our newest Management One® Winning@Retail clients, Mountain Air Clothing of Jasper, AB and The Hockey Shop of Surrey, BC.

Mountain Air Clothing has been providing Men’s and Women’s fashions, footwear and accessories along with smart advice since 1983. The Hockey Shop began as a humble Mom and Pop operation in ...

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Sublime Swim & Sunwear Wins@Retail With Our Help

March 12, 2013

Sublime Swim & Sunwear is a unique high-end retail store selling swim, beach and resort wear located in St. Albert, Alberta. Established by Lynn Carolei and her daughter a decade ago in March of 2003, Sublime Swim carries swim and sun wear for every age, gender and body type.

Lynn and her daughter hit on a very specialized niche ...

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Canadian Retail Solutions and Focus Retail Partner To Deliver Management One Winning@Retail™ Program

February 26, 2013

We’ve been offering the Management One Winning@Retail™ program long enough to know that it makes a tangible difference in the business operations of our independent retail clients. At a training conference with Management One leaders in Arizona, CRS principal Scott Smith was pleased to meet Jeff Jankelow and Gordon Peters, the managing partners of Focus Retail. While working ...

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PCI Security Compliance, Canada

January 4, 2013

If you haven’t heard the term “PCI” in relation to your retail Point-of-Sale software, you will soon. PCI is a standard that has emerged as the test for whether or not your retail operations are a security risk for credit card information theft.

What does it mean to me?

If you collect or store credit card information, and if ...

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The End of the Penny in Canada

January 3, 2013

As most of us already know, the end of the penny in Canada is coming.

The Royal Canadian Mint pressed the last of about 35 billion pennies on May 4, 2012, and will commence the task of collecting the coins from Canadian financial institutions on February 4, 2013.

While the penny will continue to be legal tender, the coins will ...

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